Lic. Reading Apply

Application Materials

  • Online graduate admissions application.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Official transcript documenting the award of a bachelor's degree.
  • Official transcript documenting an appropriate master's degree, as evaluated by the reading program coordinator and School of Graduate Studies dean.
  • Three references. Your references will be asked to submit their comments online via the online application. 
  • Students for whom English is not a first language must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.
  • Statement of purpose (500- to 1,000-words, double-spaced) addressing the following questions:
    • What factors in your personal and professional history have influenced you in the past and now lead you to seek admission to this program at Salem State?
    • What are your long-term professional goals, and how will this program help you meet them?
    • Is there any other information that you think would help the admissions committee to evaluate your application?

Additional Materials and Requirements 

  • Evidence of a passing score on the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
  • Copy of an initial or professional Massachusetts teaching license in a classroom field. 
  • Completion of EDU 739: Literacy Instruction and Assessment in the Early Childhood or Elementary Classroom or an equivalent course.

Additional Licensure Requirements

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires teachers seeking the initial specialist teacher of reading license to have at least an initial teaching license and at least one year of experience under that license. Students must supply verification of at least one year of teaching experience in the role and grade level of their initial license upon application to the practicum (EDU 840P).

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed once complete.