MA in Reading

Coordinator: Dr. Erik Jacobson
Office: University Hall, Room 3233

Phone: 973 655-3471



The MA in Reading (33 credits) prepares educators to meet present and future demands as literacy specialists.  The program emphasizes practice informed by current theory and research and provides a range of learning experiences that enhance candidates’ understanding of what it means to be an effective literacy educator.  Program graduates will be prepared to serve in a wide array of educational roles in a variety of settings.

It is expected that students will graduate with a broad and multifaceted understanding of literacy, including key developmental, cultural and sociopolitical dimensions. Students will also be able to identify and respond to important shifts in literacy practices, such as those involving the use of digital technologies. Program graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively provide literacy instruction, engage with colleagues about ways to enhance practice and advocate for the field as a whole.

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in the Master of Arts in Reading already hold a professional certification and have spent at least one year teaching in schools or working with students in a professional capacity.  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 Reading.

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