EdM in Reading Education

As a student in the Reading Education Program at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, you will 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 study with nationally recognized faculty 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.


Meet the Reading Education Program Faculty


Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission please contact Program Director Katherine Frankel, kfrankel@bu.edu.

Next Steps

BU Wheelock Educator Preparation Programs Licensing Disclosure provides information about BU Wheelock state approved programs and how the educational requirements compare with those in other states. Education students in licensure programs should review this resource and contact edlic@bu.edu with questions.

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