Post-Master's Program in Maryland Designed for Working Teachers

With a graduate certificate in advanced study in reading from the Mount, you will be prepared to lead your school’s literacy initiatives. A combination of nationally recognized coursework, on-site teaching experience and research will provide you with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Graduates of the program are eligible for certification as a reading specialist, K-12, from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

The Mount’s program includes:

  • Emphasis on planning for culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • 8 courses and a practicum (30 credits total) that can be completed on a part-time basis
  • Classes designed for working adults. Attend year-round evening classes at campuses in Frederick and Emmitsburg. Some classes may also be available online or in hybrid format to reduce travel time.
  • National recognition by the International Literacy Association
  • Accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
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Estimated total cost of program tuition, including fees*

  • Cost is based on 30 credits (8 classes and one 6 credit practicum) at $520 per credit, plus practicum fee ($105)*
  • No application fee
  • Financial assistance may be available though federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans

*Tuition and fees represent 2017-18 rates. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

The graduate certificate in advanced study in reading is for certified teachers who hold a master’s degree. Candidates are seeking the professional role of reading specialist/literacy coach in grades K-12.

Admissions requirements include:

  • Master’s degree in education with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Current valid teaching certification
  • Prerequisite courses may be required

Gainful Employment Disclosure
While the majority of our students choose to earn a post baccalaureate certificate in addition to a graduate degree, some opt for a stand-alone certificate program. For those opting to take only the certificate program additional information is provided and required by the federal government regarding program costs, financing, success rate and related occupations. See the Gainful Employment Disclosure information for the Technology Facilitation Certificate Program.

Application Process

Application Process

Classes begin: January, May, August
Admissions: Rolling
No application fee

A complete application includes:

  • Free online application
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school
  • Two letters of recommendation; Download guidelines
  • Copy of current valid teaching certificate
Send application materials to:

Graduate Programs in Education
Mount St. Mary’s University
Division of Education
Archbishop Borders Hall
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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