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Literacy and Reading Specialization

Enhance your literacy instruction with a specialized repertoire of skills and strategies. Our fully accredited certification programs equip highly effective teachers in the areas of reading comprehension, writing strategies, and differentiating literacy instruction for all learners. Programs are for candidates who already possess an initial teaching license.

About the Programs

Our programs are for candidates who possess an initial teaching license and want to expand their knowledge base, skills and dispositions for teaching literacy. Full-time and part-time options are available. Class format is face-to-face with some blended learning opportunities. Classes are offered in the late afternoon for students who are currently employed in a school or would like to seek employment.

Graduate Admissions

Contact the Program Coordinator:
Matthew Hall, hallm@tcnj.edu

Program Info

Master of Education in Literacy
» Program details including course descriptions

Master of Education in Literacy with Reading Specialist Certification
» Program details including course descriptions

Post Master’s Reading Specialist Certification
» Program details including course descriptions


Application Requirements

  • Application
  • Essay(s)
  • Official transcripts
  • Application fee
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • National standardized admission test requirement (waived for post-master’s certificate program)
  • Resume/CV
  • Copy of teacher certification
  • Additional documents needed from international applicants seeking to study in the U.S.

» View Application Details for Literacy / Reading Specialist Programs


Application Deadlines

Applicants need to make sure all materials are completed by either the Priority Consideration Deadline or the Final Deadline in order for an application to be considered complete.

TermPriority ConsiderationFinal Deadline
Fall MatriculationFebruary 1August 1
Spring MatriculationOctober 1December 1

» View Application Deadline Details


Tuition & Costs

The College of New Jersey provides a high quality education at a lower than average cost than other schools of similar quality.

Tuition TypeRate
In-State / Nearby Tuition*$938.17 per credit
Out-of-State Tuition$1,368.05 per credit

*Includes nearby Pennsylvania zip codes in a 40 mile radius of TCNJ.

» View Tuition & Fees Details

The College Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing tuition, fees, housing and board plan rates. Tuition and fees schedules are subject to change without notice and upon action of the Board of Trustees.


Assistantships & Aid

Graduate Assistantships

TCNJ offers graduate assistantships that provide meaningful learning experiences while also supporting TCNJ’s educational mission. These assistantships require 15 hours of work per week during the fall and spring semesters while the college is in session. Only those full-time (minimum 9 credits/semester), matriculated graduate students in good academic standing with a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection.

Graduate Assistants are awarded a tuition waiver of $10,000.00 per academic year ($5,000 per semester for fall and spring only) and are hired on an annual basis for a maximum of two years.

» Learn more about Graduate Assistantships

Financial Aid
Students pursuing a graduate degree at TCNJ may be eligible for some types of student financial assistance, including but not limited to student loans and assistantships. Graduate students must follow the same steps as undergraduates in applying for federal loan assistance.

Graduate students must be enrolled in at least five credit hours at the 500 level or above in order to be eligible for student loan assistance and for TCNJ to certify enrollment for a loan repayment deferment.

Semester Enrollment Requirements for Graduate Students
Full-time status = 9 or more credit hours
Half-time status = 5 credit hours
The enrollment requirements pertain to individual summer session enrollment as well.

» Learn more about Financial Aid at TCNJ

Program Info

Master of Education in Literacy
» Program details including course descriptions

Master of Education in Literacy with Reading Specialist Certification
» Program details including course descriptions

Post Master’s Reading Specialist Certification
» Program details including course descriptions


Application Requirements

  • Application
  • Essay(s)
  • Official transcripts
  • Application fee
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • National standardized admission test requirement (waived for post-master’s certificate program)
  • Resume/CV
  • Copy of teacher certification
  • Additional documents needed from international applicants seeking to study in the U.S.

» View Application Details for Literacy / Reading Specialist Programs


Application Deadlines

Applicants need to make sure all materials are completed by either the Priority Consideration Deadline or the Final Deadline in order for an application to be considered complete.

TermPriority ConsiderationFinal Deadline
Fall MatriculationFebruary 1August 1
Spring MatriculationOctober 1December 1

» View Application Deadline Details


Tuition & Costs

The College of New Jersey provides a high quality education at a lower than average cost than other schools of similar quality.

Tuition TypeRate
In-State / Nearby Tuition*$938.17 per credit
Out-of-State Tuition$1,368.05 per credit

*Includes nearby Pennsylvania zip codes in a 40 mile radius of TCNJ.

» View Tuition & Fees Details

The College Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing tuition, fees, housing and board plan rates. Tuition and fees schedules are subject to change without notice and upon action of the Board of Trustees.


Assistantships & Aid

Graduate Assistantships

TCNJ offers graduate assistantships that provide meaningful learning experiences while also supporting TCNJ’s educational mission. These assistantships require 15 hours of work per week during the fall and spring semesters while the college is in session. Only those full-time (minimum 9 credits/semester), matriculated graduate students in good academic standing with a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection.

Graduate Assistants are awarded a tuition waiver of $10,000.00 per academic year ($5,000 per semester for fall and spring only) and are hired on an annual basis for a maximum of two years.

» Learn more about Graduate Assistantships

Financial Aid
Students pursuing a graduate degree at TCNJ may be eligible for some types of student financial assistance, including but not limited to student loans and assistantships. Graduate students must follow the same steps as undergraduates in applying for federal loan assistance.

Graduate students must be enrolled in at least five credit hours at the 500 level or above in order to be eligible for student loan assistance and for TCNJ to certify enrollment for a loan repayment deferment.

Semester Enrollment Requirements for Graduate Students
Full-time status = 9 or more credit hours
Half-time status = 5 credit hours
The enrollment requirements pertain to individual summer session enrollment as well.

» Learn more about Financial Aid at TCNJ

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