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Reading and Literacy Education

Our graduate programs in reading prepare educators to meet present and future demands as literacy specialists. The programs emphasize practice informed by current theory and research to provide a range of learning experiences that enhance candidates’ understanding of what it means to be an effective literacy educator. Students in the program will gain a broad, multifaceted understanding of literacy, and they will graduate prepared to serve in a wide array of educational roles in a variety of settings. Graduates will be equipped to effectively provide developmentally appropriate literacy instruction for a diverse population of K-12 learners, including English language learners, students with disabilities and those who are struggling with literacy. Graduates will also be able to identify and respond to social and cultural developments that are changing the way students read and write, including the growing use of digital technologies.

Career Opportunities

  • Reading Specialist for Non-Profits
  • Reading Specialist in Alternative Education
  • Reading Diagnostician
  • Reading Consultant
  • Reading Researcher in Government Agencies

Graduate Programs

MA in Reading

The MA in Reading is a 33-credit program of study that is offered in both a traditional model and as an Accelerated Hybrid model. The Accelerated Hybrid program is completed in 15 months, including intensive work over two summers. Students who already have their initial teaching certificate and two years teaching experience are also eligible for Reading Specialist certification with no additional coursework required upon graduating from the MA in Reading.

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Reading Specialist, Educational Services Certification

The Reading Specialist Certification Program is a 30-credit program of study that is intended for students who already have their teaching certificate and a Masters and who would like to receive state certification as a Reading Specialist. Courses in the program are offered in different modalities, including face-to-face, hybrid and fully on-line.

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