Linking Science to Practice

Bay Path University’s MSEd/EdS in Reading & Literacy Instruction is uniquely designed to prepare graduates for leadership in the implementation of scientific research-based practices for teaching literacy in grades PreK-12. The program offers individuals the opportunity to develop an expertise in teaching reading and writing using current, effective, research-based strategies for use in general education and specialized settings. 

The Bay Path Advantage

The Reading & Literacy Instruction program links the science of reading with educational practice. Topics include assessment and instructional planning for students with specific learning disabilities including dyslexia, related disorders of reading and written language, and for second language learners.

Courses provide practical application of the theoretical underpinnings of reading and writing development reflecting findings from decades of cognitive neuroscientific and educational research. Teachers learn evidence-based instructional practices using explicit, sequential, structured language approaches with a multisensory methodology. 

 About the Degree

 Degree Options:
• MSEd: 44 credit Master of Science in Education inReading & Literacy Instruction
• EdS: 47 credit Education Specialist in Reading &Literacy Instruction (The EdS is an advanced degreethat provides teachers who currently hold a master’s degreewith an area of specialization)

Program Options:
• Initial licensure: for candidates who want to earn aMassachusetts initial license as a reading specialist(All Levels) *See reverse side for state requirements
• Non-licensure: for candidates that want to pursuea MSEd or EdS degree without the readingspecialist licensure
• Program is structured as a cohort model, studentsprogress through the coursework together, in asequential manner
• Convenient schedule is a combination of online and on campus courses (East Longmeadow, Mass.)
• Experienced, supportive faculty, and small class sizes
• Students have access to online and on-ground support and academic resources
• Financial Aid is available
• No GMAT or GRE required

Applying for Admission

For consideration, applicants must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
A completed application
2. An original essay of at least 250 words on the topic “Why the MSEd/EdS in Reading & Literacy Instruction program is important to me, my career and professional goals, and my life?”
3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (a GPA of 3.0 is preferred)
4. A current resume
5. Two recommendations (form available online)
6. Sign and return the program requirement form (form available online)
7. Submit copy of MTEL results (Licensure applicants only)
8. Submit a copy of your current teaching license (Licensure applicants only)

Recommendation forms and official transcripts must be mailed directly to Bay Path University’s Office of Graduate Admissions: 

Degree Requirements

Prospective students may apply for admission to the MSEd/EdS in Reading & Literacy Instruction throughout the year. Each candidate will be reviewed by the Graduate Faculty Committee to determine the right course of study for each applicant.


Massachusetts Teachers:
Teachers who want to pursue a Massachusetts Reading Specialist License must successfully complete the Reading and Literacy Instruction degree courses, pass the Reading Specialist Licensure and Communication and Literacy Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs), have at least an initial teaching license and have taught under that license for one year, and complete a practicum field experience in a Massachusetts public school setting.

VT, CT, NY, NH, RI Teachers:
Bay Path University offers a degree, but not endorsement or certification to out of state teachers. Out of state teachers enrolled in the Reading & Literacy Instruction degree program interested in their state’s reading specialist licensure/certification requirements must contract their state’s department of education directly to find their state requirements and see how our program coursework can be applied toward your state’s reading specialist licensure/certification.

Financial Aid

Receive up to $20,500 a year with a Stafford Loan!
For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the options for financial assistance include federal and private loans. We encourage you to apply for financial aid at the same time you apply to graduate school.

Course Descriptions 

Multisensory Language and Literacy Strategies
Explore the teaching of reading; expanding literacy across the content areas, language arts instruction, diagnosis and assessment of reading skills using a variety of assessment techniques, educational terminology; theories of language development; design and modification of curriculum and intervention programs for success in reading for all levels. Focus on identifying and developing appropriate multisensory structured language strategies including knowledge of theories, programs and practices, phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary development, use of formal and informal assessments; and ways to prepare and maintain students in general education and specialized settings.

Structure of Language Part l Phonology, Orthography, Morphology
Designed to give participants a working knowledge of phonetics, phonology, orthography, and morphology - the building blocks for effective teaching of word recognition, vocabulary, and spelling - and insight into the difficulties of children with decoding and encoding problems.

Structure of Language Part ll – Meaning, Syntax and Semantics
Focus on reading comprehension. Participants will study the factors that influence comprehension including fluency, word meaning (semantics), sentence structure (syntax), text organization, discourse structure and meta-cognitive processes.

Teaching of Writing
Focus on the current research-based writing strategies and programs. Participants will identify and engage in instructional methods for supporting struggling writers. Exposure to assistive technology, assessment, and the arts will be explored as ways to increase and support writing outcomes for all students.

Language Disorders and Literacy
Explore the components of typical and atypical language development. Instruction will focus on the different aspects of language, including, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. The behavioral manifestations associated with language disorders and their influence on academic performance, including written language skills and the relationship to reading/writing instruction. 

Reading Research
Define scientific research and review reading research. Use research to guide evidence-based instructional practice in literacy, examine three types of research studies (longitudinal research, meta-analysis, and clinical trials), present guidelines for evaluating the quality of particular research studies.

Learn the Orton Gillingham structured literacy approach. Designed to individualize instruction to meet the intensive needs of struggling language learners. All aspects of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) Associate Level Curriculum will be covered. A combination of coursework and practicum experience will prepare students to apply at the Associate Level to the AOGPE.

Informational and Narrative Text for Children and Adolescence
Learn the Project Read Comprehension curriculum using Madeline Hunter’s lesson plan and instruction techniques. Elements of effective instruction that elicit active participation, time on task, and learning and retention will be taught.

Reading and Writing Assessment
An in-depth course in administering and interpreting data obtained from formal and informal reading, spelling and writing assessments. Learn to develop specific recommendations for appropriate reading, spelling, and written language curricula in order to enhance skills for all students, particularly those who have difficulty learning to read, write, or spell through traditional classroom methods.

Literacy and the Change Process District/School Action Planning
Focus on conducting a needs assessment and developing a strategic literacy action plan for a district or school. A strategic literacy plan encompasses determining the current state of literacy, including gaps and redundancies in the literacy initiative, and identifying strategies for increasing student achievement in the area of literacy.

Research in Education (Ed.S degree)
Apply research methodologies to enable educators to become consumers of available research and to conduct appropriate research projects focusing on improving school/community-based curriculum and instruction.

Pre-practicum and Seminar (Massachusetts Licensed Teachers)
Pre-practicum and seminar class meets four times during the fall semester and is designed to get the student ready for the practicum experience. 

Reading Practicum with Practicum Seminar Sessions (Massachusetts Licensed Teachers)
Required course for the Massachusetts reading specialist licensure carried out in a Massachusetts public school districts or in a MA approved Special Education private school.

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Founded in 1897, Bay Path University focuses on preparing our students for a constantly changing world. Our main campus is located in Longmeadow, Massachusetts with additional sites across the state in Concord, East Longmeadow, Springfield, and Sturbridge. Our graduate and undergraduate student body consists of more than 3,100 women and men, representing over 33 states. Bay Path University is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.