EdM in Reading Education

In the Reading Education Program, you will encounter an intense learning experience and gain a deep and thorough understanding of the theory and research that is fundamental to sound and successful teaching of reading and writing.

You will learn these fundamentals in classes with nationally-recognized faculty and highly-motivated and accomplished peers, and will have opportunities to immediately and consistently apply what you learn throughout the program.

Starting in the first semester you will be paired with a student for supervised tutoring in our university clinic; in the second semester, you will teach reading and writing to children or adolescents within their classroom and school settings. The school settings in which you work will be high-need, urban schools, where you will learn to situate literacy instruction within contexts that are socially important and that support children’s and adolescents’ understanding of how to use literacy as a means to build knowledge and achieve a more socially just and equitable world.

Essential Questions

Vision Statement of the Department of Language and Literacy Education

As faculty and students of the Language and Literacy Education Department:

  • We advocate for equitable and just education systems;
  • We strive to disrupt deficit discourses and foster asset-based approaches;
  • We cultivate practices that are based on research, theory, and community cultural knowledge;
  • We embrace multilingualism and multiliteracies; and
  • We engage in research that contributes to evolving understandings of language and literacy education.

Career Outcomes

  • Curriculum Developer
  • Literacy Director
  • Literacy Coordinator
  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Specialist

Program Requirements

  • Visit the BU Bulletin for information on this program’s academic requirements.

Program Faculty

Evelyn Ford-ConnorsSenior Lecturer, Co-Director, Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic, Program Director for Literacy and Reading Education

Elena Forzani, Assistant Professor

Katherine Frankel, Assistant Professor

Laura JiménezLecturer, Department Chair for Language and Literacy Education

Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission please contact, Program Director, Dr. Evelyn Ford-Connors, econnors@bu.edu.

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