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M.Ed. in Reading

Mission Statement

The mission of the M.Ed. in Reading graduate program at Rhode Island College is to prepare inquiring reading specialist practitioners who seek knowledge and experiences about reading/literacy processes and practices. These evolving scholars are guided and encouraged to pursue knowledge, commit to inquiry, engage in problem solving related to reading/literacy processes and practices and participate as leaders in reading/literacy-related activities. The inquiring reading specialist practitioners learn to use reading/literacy knowledge, practices, and processes to serve the changing needs of a population existing in technological, diverse, and dynamic local and global environments.

As a M.Ed. in Reading candidate, you will work closely with full-time faculty members with specialization and advanced degrees in Reading. Furthermore, our courses provide you with K-12 hand-on experiences that offer practical teaching suggestions such as working with culturally diverse students and special populations. The M.Ed. in reading at Rhode Island College is a thirty-six-semester hour program that leads to K-12 certification as a Reading Specialist in the State of Rhode Island.

The program is nationally recognized and approved by both the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).

Program Goals

Candidates will:

  1. understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  2. use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
  3. use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
  4. create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society
  5. create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
  6. recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Rhode Island Reading Certification Requirements

Effective January 1, 2012, the Rhode Island Department of Education has changed the certification requirements to become a Reading Specialist in the State of Rhode Island. As of December 31, 2014, RIDE will no longer perform transcript analyses and issue licenses based on transcript analysis. All individuals seeking Reading Certification must hold a M.Ed. in Reading degree.

The M.Ed. in Reading at Rhode Island College is an NCATE, IRA, and RIDE accredited and certified program.

Below are the new certification requirements as drawn up by the Rhode Island Department of Education:

RI Reading Specialist Certification As of 1/1/2012

11.3.3 Reading Specialist/Consultant

  1. Validity of Certificate: This certificate is valid for assignment as a Reading Specialist/Consultant in Grades PK-12 in Rhode Island Public Schools.


  1. Holds certification as a Rhode Island teacher;
  2. Three years of teaching experience;
  3. Has completed an approved program in this certification area;
  4. Holds an advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  5. Has completed a minimum of 300 hours of internship in this area;
  6. Has demonstrated field competencies as prescribed by the International Reading Association (IRA); and
  7. Has met all knowledge of field testing requirements for this certification area (Praxis Test #5301).

Program Director

Don Halquist
(401) 456-8016
(401) 456-8563

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form accompanied by a fifty-dollar nonrefundable application fee. Forms may be obtained from the office of the academic dean responsible for the program to which the student is applying.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records. The dean’s office will obtain any Rhode Island College transcripts.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs less than 3.00, may be admitted to degree candidacy upon the submission of other evidence of academic potential, for example, satisfactory performance in postbaccalaureate work, professional experience as evidenced by publications or letters of recommendation, and/or high scores on the standardized tests.
  • A copy of candidate’s teaching certificate (when applicable).
  • An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for most programs. See specific programs for exceptions.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s potential to do graduate work. Placement references are generally not applicable.
  • One year of professional teaching experience.
  • An interview.

Course Requirements

Click here for course details.

A Guide for Students

Course Outlines

Reading Specialist Praxis Test

Completion of Praxis Test Reading Specialist #5301​​​

Page last updated: October 04, 2017