EdM in Reading Education

The Master of Education (EdM) in Reading Education at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development prepares students with a deep and thorough understanding of the theory and research that is fundamental to sound and successful teaching of reading and writing. You will study with nationally recognized faculty and will have opportunities to immediately and consistently apply what you learn throughout the program.


Essential Questions


Career Outcomes

Many graduates of the EdM in Reading Education seek positions as general education classroom teachers, where their expertise in reading and writing assessment and instruction enables them to provide exemplary instruction to students of all performance levels. Others use their newly acquired depth of knowledge to specialize in literacy assessment and instruction. In this case, degree recipients meet requirements for positions as reading and literacy teachers, specialists, and coaches. Possible careers for graduates of this program include:

  • Curriculum developer
  • Literacy director
  • Literacy coordinator
  • Literacy coach
  • Reading specialist

EdM in Reading Education Program Requirements

Coursework for the EdM in Reading Education includes the study of theory and research related to the acquisition and development of reading and writing, as well as evidence-based practice and analysis of assessment and instructional materials, professional development, leadership, and coaching.

Starting in the first semester of the EdM in Reading Education, students will be paired for supervised tutoring in our university clinic. In the second semester, they will teach reading and writing to children or adolescents within their classroom and school settings. The school settings in which they work will be high-need, urban schools, they 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.

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


Program Faculty


Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission, contact the program director, Katherine Frankel, kfrankel@bu.edu.

Next Steps

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Background Checks

Students who are admitted into BU Wheelock routinely participate in field experiences as a part of their respective program curriculum and requirements. Most field sites require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these required experiences, which in turn may impede the successful completion of one’s degree program.