The master's degree program in reading conforms to Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification requirements for P-12 and is approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates are qualified to work as reading specialists and reading resource teachers. Students completing this program receive the M.Ed. degree and, with successful completion of three years of classroom teaching experience, are eligible for certification from MSDE as reading specialists.   

Candidates applying for admission to the program must have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. In addition, three years of classroom teaching are required for Certification as a Reading Specialist by the Maryland State Department of Education. Applicants may complete this teaching requirement before, during, or after completion of the M.Ed. program. Applicants must be certified teachers with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. At least one basic course in reading is required for entrance into the program. Most students have such a course in their undergraduate record (i.e., reading methods). If no such course has been taken or if the course was taken more than five years ago, appropriate course offerings should be discussed with your advisor. 

For information on graduate admission please visit: https://gradschool.umd.edu/education/edci-med-cert  

Please refer to the Guide to Applying  for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions. International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, by email at tlpl-admissions@umd.edu or phone: (301) 405-3118.

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Graduate Studies Coordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or tlpl-admissions@umd.edu

For academic advising on the M.Ed. Reading Specialist program, please contact Dr. Peter Afflerbach at afflo@umd.edu.

The faculty advisor assigned at the time of admissions to the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) provides academic advisement for graduate students. For TLPL advising information, please contact Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, by email at tlpl-admissions@umd.edu or by phone at (301) 405-3118.

Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Merit-Based Assistance Need-Based Assistance  
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
    • Graduate Assistantships 

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid 

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The University's Scholarships webpage, and 

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage

Course Requirements: Minimum 33 Credit Hours 

TLPL 644: Foundations of Reading (Fall only)  
TLPL 645: Content Area Reading (Spring Only)  
TLPL 650: Understanding, Evaluating and Using Research in School Reading Programs (Fall only)  
TLPL 653: Clinical Assessment in Reading (Fall only)  
TLPL 654: Clinical Instruction in Reading (Spring only)  
TLPL 651: Leadership in School-Wide Reading Programs (Spring only)  
TLPL 733: Advanced Clinical Practices in Reading Assessment (Summer only)  
TLPL 734: Advanced Clinical Practices in Reading Instruction (Summer only)  
TLPL 691: Research Methods OR EDMS 645: Quantitative Research Methods  

Elective: Students take two electives with their advisor’s advice. 

Seminar Paper 
One seminar paper is required in the program. The seminar paper is usually a comprehensive review of the research literature on an important topic in the field of reading.  

Summer Reading Program  
Unlike other programs in which tutoring a single child serves as the final practicum, the UM program culminates in a 6-week summer reading program (TLPL 733 Advanced Clinical Practices in Reading Assessment and TLPL 734 Advanced Clinical Practices in Reading Instruction). During this program, teachers are given the unique opportunity to teach small groups of children in a classroom setting. The emphasis on diagnostic teaching to meet individual needs provides an authentic context for the professional development of the reading specialist. A second unique feature of the program is that teachers work in teams. Two teachers are assigned to each classroom so that planning, delivery of instruction and ongoing assessment are collaborative endeavors. Previous graduates have cited this opportunity for collaboration as a hallmark of the program.  

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobson’s online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Admissions Coordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or tlpl-admissions@umd.edu

For Program specific questions, prospective students may contact Dr. Peter Afflerbach at afflo@umd.edu.

Deadlines vary by degree and program. Please visit the TLPL Admissions Deadlines page for more information.

POLICY 

Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements. The Graduate Catalog is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland. The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules. 

HANDBOOKS 

The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student.   

FORMS 

Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process. Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required. To access forms used by graduate students visit the Graduate Studies Forms page in Student Services.