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The Master of Education in Reading program is designed to prepare candidates with a deep understanding of literacy instruction based on research-based best practices that are designed to meet the needs of all learners. Candidate’s learning centers around the International Literacy Association’s standards (2017) focusing on foundational knowledge of literacy instruction, curriculum design & implementation, assessment & evaluation, diversity & equity, learners & the literacy environment and professional learning & leadership.

The Master of Education in Reading program at Centenary University will enable the candidates to meet the State requirements for the New Jersey Reading Specialist Certification while completing a Master of Education degree. This certification enables a teacher to provide reading/literacy instruction in Kindergarten through grade 12.

Students will have the following two options to pair with their M.Ed. in Reading program:

  • Master of Education in Reading with a NJ Reading Specialist Certification and Supervisor Licensure
  • Master of Education in Reading with a NJ Reading Specialist Certification and ESL Certification

This program is offered in a blended format which alternates on ground learning in the classroom setting and online learning. If the course is blended it is listed next to the course title.

Program Goals

The program is offered in a blended format with some courses delivered online and the remainder in a traditional classroom setting at our main campus in Hackettstown. In Centenary’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading program, you will learn to:

  • Act as scholar-practitioners while applying contemporary research to theory in order to provide students with the most progressive, evidence-based pedagogy in literacy instruction.
  • Develop supportive, motivating, student-centered literacy curricula that is designed to meet the needs of diverse student populations.
  • Coach teachers and instructional leaders to enhance their knowledge and understanding of literacy curriculum and development in order to create optimal environments that maximize achievement.
  • Explore, analyze and synthesize contemporary research topics in literacy instruction such as access, critical literacy, diversity, motivation and equity.
  • Recognize the importance of our positionality as literacy leaders and use that knowledge to provide community service to at-risk children at no cost. During this practicum experience, powerful learning and developmental experiences are created through the practice of reflective inquiry.


Master of Education (M.Ed.)in Reading Specialist and ESL Certificate

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Specialist and Supervisor Licensure

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2019 Faculty/Instructor Bios

Susie Elias

Dr. Susie Elias is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Education in Reading Program at Centenary University. She holds an Educational Doctorate from Seton Hall University in K-12 Administration and an Educational Specialist degree from Seton Hall in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy. Dr. Elias completed her Masters in Reading at Montclair State University and received her Reading Specialist certification. In addition, Dr. Elias holds Bachelors degrees from Rowan University in Elementary Education and Psychology as well as a Reading Certification. Throughout her educational experience, she has held the titles of Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Coordinator, Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, and her current role as Principal. Susie emphasizes the importance of giving students access to books as well as the tools needed to live the life of a writer.

Holly Guido

Holly has her Master of Education in Reading and is a practicing reading specialist. She is an instructor in the Master of Education in Reading Program at Centenary University overseeing the reading specialists’ practicum experience. Holly has worked throughout the field of language and literacy since 1995 from a linguist in the US Navy to an auditory processing coach, an educational advocate, a reading specialist and a mom to four children. She has dedicated her career to helping children learn to love reading and writing. Her own love of reading and creative ideas toward instruction help her engage students at all levels. Her philosophy is, “a good book can take you places you may never otherwise get to visit.”

Lauren Lesce

Lauren Lesce is the ESL Coordinator at Centenary University, where she oversees the academic and community-based ESL programs. Lauren has almost 10 years of experience teaching both English as a Second Language and Spanish in high school and university settings. In Rochester, NY, Lauren served as the founding ESL and Spanish teacher at a first year charter school. She has also taught at Syracuse University and Monroe Community College. Lauren holds a Master’s in Linguistics with a TESOL Concentration and a Master’s in Spanish Language & Literatures from Syracuse University.

Lea Margosiak

Lea Margosiak completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Centenary University. She is a certified reading specialist and has taught high school ELA for a number of years. Lea is currently the Instructional Supervisor of ELA and Social Studies at Mount Olive High School. Lea is also an instructor in the Master of Education in Reading Program at Centenary University teaching Content Area Literacy and supervising the reading specialists’ practicum experience. Lea believes that it is possible for all students to have a continued love of reading regardless of their age or ability. She is passionate about fostering a natural curiosity in students through their interactions with all types of texts. Lea’s favorite quote regarding education is, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” by Malala Yousafzai, which emphasizes that literacy provides students with the power to question the world around them.

Lexis McCoy

Lexis McCoy is the director of the Master of Education in Reading Program and an Assistant Professor of Education at Centenary University. She has worked in the capacity of reading specialist, literacy coach, classroom teacher and educational consultant. She is currently a doctoral student studying Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Lexis is an advocate for all children and creating developmentally appropriate, positive school settings. Her research focuses on the vital role positive, genuine teacher-student interactions play in student success. Lexis constantly seeks innovative practices to share with her students to meet the ever-changing needs of our student populations.

Kimberly Moss

Kimberly is spearheading the English as a Second Language Certificate Program at Centenary University, writing curriculum and teaching graduate level courses.  She has a Masters of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is certified as a NJ Principal, Supervisor, ESL teacher and general education teacher.  English as a Second Language students have been Kimberly’s focus for the past 15 years as she has actively worked in grades K-12. Kimberly currently teaches in Jefferson Township and is the district ESL specialist.  She is passionate about helping her students reach their potential and gaining confidence while learning English. She also enjoys being able to support mainstream teachers by increasing their knowledge base of best practices for ELL students.

Tara Rossi

Tara Rossi is a pioneer in the field of education for over a decade. In working to transform the landscape of education, her contributions include: teacher, educational consultant, administrator, reading specialist, literacy coach, child advocate, tutor and author. Tara is grateful for her experiences and uses them to serve as an innovative practitioner, constantly looking to break the mold and push the boundaries of education to meet the needs of all children. Her passion for education comes from helping children, big and small, to realize their endless capabilities. In addition to these arenas of literacy, her work has been featured in an educational documentary and she continues serve as an adjunct professor in the Master of Education in Reading Program at Centenary University. Tara believes that all children deserve our very best and through collaboration we can accomplish far more together than we ever could on our own. By far, Tara’s greatest accomplishment is supporting her two, wildly curious boys as they navigate life and find their place in the world.

Gray Taylor

Based on a career of over thirty years teaching ESL, German, and World History on three continents to students K-12, Gray Taylor brings a breadth of experience to the ESL certification program at Centenary University writing curriculum and teaching graduate level courses. He holds Masters degrees in Bilingual Education from the University of Houston and Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University. Having lived for fourteen years in Europe and Asia, Gray knows what it is like to be a newcomer to foreign cultures, giving him experiential knowledge of some of the challenges faced by English language learners in the United States. Additionally, Gray has learned several languages as an adult, allowing him to gain an understanding of the language acquisition process first-hand. Gray’s research interests include the history of language spread and change, the impact of English as a world language on other languages, and the socio-political context of language use in the United States today.

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