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What will I learn?

This 36-credit program integrates training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching literacy with that emphasized in the Literacy/Reading Specialist program. Candidates focus on Comprehensive Literacy to facilitate a balanced approach in the classroom.

This program does not lead to the New Jersey Department of Education endorsement/certification as a reading specialist. Candidates who want to obtain a literacy/reading specialist endorsement must complete an additional six credits to do so.

To earn New Jersey Literacy/Reading Specialist Certification, candidates must have a current standard teacher license, two years of successful teaching experience, and a master’s degree. For those individuals who wish to obtain a Fairleigh Dickinson University certificate and not certification as a reading specialist, there is an option to take only the 18 credits required for that credential.

To obtain NJ State Certification in Reading/Literacy, candidates must complete a total of 42 credits, including EDUC6703, Supervision of Instruction, and EDUC6718, Curriculum/Program Evaluation and Student Assessment.

Which department am I in?

Peter Sammartino School of Education

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $600 per credit hour
Start date

24 January 2022, 23 May 2022, 29 August 2022


Peter Sammartino School of Education

1000 River Road,


New Jersey,

07666, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

General Theoretical Psychology A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Behavioral Research Scholar Track A bachelor’s degree and official transcript from an accredited college or university. It is recommended that applicants have a 3.25 GPA or higher.

For international students

All candidates who submit the following documents will be accepted as matriculated students in the M.A. for Certified Teachers in Education (M.A.C.T.) program:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  • Standard Teacher License or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing.

English proficiency: TOEFL IBT 60; IELTS - 5.5; ITEP - 3.5; Pearson’s PTE-A – 50.

Application Deadlines: Fall (August) Semester: July 1, Spring (January) Semester: December 1, Summer semester (limited programs): May 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.