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Department of Education: (440) 826-2166, (440) 826-3779 (fax)
Admission: Lauryn Rosinski, (440) 826-2915,
Academic Advisor (for licensed teachers): Gail Habig, (440) 826-6534, 
Dept. of Education Contact (for those seeking initial teaching license): Dr. Debra Janas,
Coordinator for the Literacy Program: Dr. Rochelle Berndt, (440) 826-6974,

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The MAEd in literacy program is now offered entirely online.


Program format (online course sequence): 

The focus of BW's online MAEd in literacy is on evaluation methods and instructional approaches, diagnostic and corrective reading methods, research in literacy education and a survey of literature appropriate for children and adolescents. Teachers will develop strategies to teach literacy more effectively and thereby enhance student achievement.

The courses can be taken independently for the PK-12 reading endorsement or be taken as part of the degree program.

Students seeking an initial teaching license and masters are required to complete both on-campus and online courses.

MAED Academic Calendar

2022-23 Calendar

Program Features

  • The program includes 50 hours of field experience, including a practicum in which students work with children who have been referred for reading difficulties. Students will evaluate, plan and implement remedial programs for them.
  • The courses in the program are designed to produce an endorsement on the Ohio teaching certificate in PK-12 reading as established by the Ohio Department of Education.  
  • Successful completion of Ohio Department of Education approved exam(s) is required for teachers to quality for the PK-12 reading endorsement.
  • The PK-12 reading endorsement meets Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements. The endorsement positions teachers to assess, plan for and implement programs that increase students' literacy skills. Teachers will have the credential along with the knowledge and skills needed to provide the intensive instruction for struggling students that is called for in the guarantee. 

Adding an Endorsement Only

Teachers may add the reading endorsement to an existing license without completing an entire master's degree.

Advanced Practice Minor

BW's PK-12 MAEd programs provide students with concentrated expertise in a targeted area plus the breadth of knowledge in another area resulting in an advanced practice minor. Minors can be obtained in:

  • School leadership
  • Special education
  • Technology integration


In Ohio, teachers seeking the reading endorsement must complete the Ohio-mandated 12-hour reading core before enrollment. Early childhood education and middle childhood education teachers likely completed this reading core with their initial license.

The BW Department of Education will review transcripts for all applicants applying for admission to the literacy program to identify reading courses. BW will work with you to determine whether additional reading courses would be needed so that Ohio legislative code requirements for the reading endorsement are met.

Course Descriptions

Literacy course descriptions

School Partnership Program

Many teachers enrolled in BW's MAEd programs are employed by school districts that participate in the BW School Partnership Program, providing them with a simplified application process and other benefits.

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