Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 36 Credits


  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Multiple Start Dates
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

Preparing students to read and write effectively takes dedication, skill, and empathy—and BU Wheelock’s Master of Education (EdM) in Reading Education will help you harness those qualities to support the next generation of readers. Geared toward licensed teachers seeking additional expertise in reading and writing instruction, our program will prepare you with the theoretical and practical knowledge you need to help your students succeed in the classroom.

As a student in the EdM in Reading Education, you’ll explore topics such as early literacy, adolescent literacy, disciplinary literacy, literacy intervention, and children’s and young adult literacy—and that’s not all. You’ll gain a deep understanding of theory and research related to reading and writing and the ability to apply that knowledge to literacy assessment, instruction, and leadership. This program can be completed in nine months (fall and spring semesters) for full-time students; part-time options are also available.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Featured Faculty

Faculty who teach in Boston University’s Reading Education master’s program are researchers and educators from across BU Wheelock who have experience and expertise in different aspects of literacy learning, including early literacy, adolescent literacy, disciplinary literacy, digital literacy, critical literacy, children’s literature, and literacy coaching, among others.

Career Outcomes

The EdM in Reading Education at BU Wheelock opens up a broad range of careers. Thanks to our thoughtful blend of theory and practice, you will be well prepared to make the next steps toward becoming a more effective educator.

  • General education classroom teacher
  • Reading/literacy teacher
  • Reading/literacy specialist

  • Reading/literacy coach
  • Curriculum director
  • School, district, or state literacy leader

More Information about the EdM in Reading Education

Field-Based Experiences

For students in the master’s in Reading Education program, practicum experiences occur in each semester of study. Types of practicum experiences include working as a literacy tutor, working with students in a school setting, and shadowing a literacy specialist.


A teaching license is required for admission to the EdM in Reading Education. This program is approved for licensure as a Specialist Teacher of Reading in Massachusetts. It will also qualify candidates for Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement.

Graduate Admissions

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about the master’s degree in Reading Education. Get information about application requirements and deadlines, financial aid, and more. And sign up for an upcoming information session.

Licensing Disclosure
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 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.

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