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Bay Path Launches Master’s Program in Reading & Literacy Instruction

LONGMEADOW Bay Path University announced the launch of its MSEd/EdS program in Reading & Literacy Instruction, now enrolling for July.

The program links the science of reading with educational practice, and is designed to prepare graduates for leadership in the implementation of scientific, research-based practices for teaching literacy in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The program offers individuals the opportunity to develop an expertise in using effective, research-based strategies to teach reading and writing in general education and specialized settings.

“A teacher’s competence and expertise can be fostered with training that emphasizes the study of reading and writing development, a structured language approach, and individual student differences,” said Janet Stratton, program coordinator. “Throughout the program, students will learn key elements for an effective literacy model, including current effective teaching practices; comprehensive, valid, and reliable assessment systems to inform decisions about reading and writing instruction and intervention; how to prioritize instructional time; evidence-based intensive interventions for students at risk for reading and writing difficulty; parent and family engagement; and more.”

Stratton is the president and founder of the Reading Institute (TRI), which began as her own mission to help children learn by training teachers. As a teacher, reading specialist, and founder and president of TRI, Stratton has worked for more than 40 years in the field of education. TRI trains teachers and administrators across New England and New York in literacy, education leadership, assistive technology, and mathematics through workshops, courses, and degree and licensure programs. TRI has been an education resource for teacher and administrators since 1991. As president, Stratton oversees professional development, degree programs, and licensure programs, and has developed partnerships with school districts and colleges/universities.

Bay Path University’s MSEd/EdS program in Reading & Literacy Instruction aims to prepare graduates to take their careers to the next level in a field with great demand. Reading specialists who work with students who have physical, learning, or other disabilities can expect a similar salary to special-education teachers, whose job growth is expected to be around 8{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} between 2016 and 2026.