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Students in the Advanced Study in Reading certificate program at Mount St. Mary's University.

Advanced Study in Reading Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate program for working teachers.

With a graduate certificate in advanced study in reading from the Mount, you will be prepared to lead your school’s literacy initiatives as a literacy specialist or coach. A combination of nationally recognized coursework, on-site teaching experience and research will provide you with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of linguistically diverse and neurodiverse learners.

School of Education

The advanced study in reading certificate is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

Advance your career as a reading specialist or literacy coach.

Graduates of the program are eligible for certification as a reading specialist, K-12, from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The Mount's program includes:

  • Emphasis on planning for culturally and linguistically diverse and neurodiverse students.
  • Six courses and a practicum (24 credits total) that can be completed on a part-time basis.
  • Classes designed for working adults. Attend evening classes at campuses in Frederick and Emmitsburg. Some classes may also be available online or in hybrid format to reduce travel time.
  • National recognition by the International Literacy Association.
  • Accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


$14,170 - Estimated total cost of program tuition, including fees*.

    • Cost is based on 24 credits (6 classes and one 6 credit practicum) at $585 per credit, plus practicum fee ($130)*.
    • Financial assistance may be available through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

*Tuition and fees represent 2021-22 rates, effective July 1, 2021. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Admissions requirements

The graduate certificate in advanced study in reading is for certified teachers who hold a bachelor's degree. Candidates are seeking the professional role of reading specialist/literacy coach in grades K-12. Admissions requirements include:

    • Bachelor's degree in education with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
    • Current valid teaching certification.
    • Prerequisite courses may be required.

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Where graduates with a certificate in advanced study in reading go.

Mount graduates with a certificate in advanced study in reading have been hired by school districts such as:

  • Frederick County Public Schools.
  • Montgomery County Public Schools.
  • Howard Public Schools.
  • Carroll Country Public Schools.