Reading Specialist Initial License (All Levels)

Prepares candidates for:

  • Reading Specialist (All Levels) Initial License

Candidates may come from either inside or outside the field of public education.


  • A Bachelors Degree
  • An Initial Teaching License with at least one year of teaching experience under that license.

Program Requirements

Enrollees of the Reading Specialist Licensure Program will:

  • Meet MTEL and application requirements, including prerequisites
  • Complete required courses: Literacy Learning for Younger Children; Language Development and Literacy; Literacy Learning for Pre-Adolescents and Adolescents; Specialized Reading Approachesl; Reflective Practicum Seminar; Working with the Struggling Reader; and Assessment for Reading Instruction. For more information about these courses, visit our Course Catalog.
  • SEI Endorsement: In addition to the courses listed above, all enrollees are required to obtain the SEI Endorsement, either with CES or through their district. The CES SEI Endorsement course may be taken at any point in the program.
  • Complete the Practicum

MTEL Requirements

  • Communication and Literacy Skills Test
  • Reading Specialist Test (taken upon completion of all or part of the course of study)

Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy MTELs are required with application. Endorsement in the Licensure Program is contingent upon successful completion of all the MTELs.


A 150-hour Supervised Practicum in the role of the license sought is required. Click here to learn more about the Practicum.

Graduate Credit

All courses may be taken for graduate credit. For those interested in obtaining a graduate degree, graduate credits may be applied toward a M.Ed. – Curriculum & Teaching or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS), through CES’ partnership with Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit registration forms are available at the first session of each course. For more information about the Graduate Options available, click here. For graduate program procedures and information, email

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