MA in Reading

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

Phone: 973 655-3471



The Master of Arts in Reading Program is a (minimum of) 33 credit program designed to provide literacy educators with appropriate experiences and solid grounding in the field of literacy. It is expected that students will graduate with a comprehensive understanding of literacy's broad definition, sociopolitical underpinnings, and the ways they can effectively serve as change agents in their respective spheres of influence. Program graduates should be equipped with both the skills and dispositions to effectively advocate for the field of literacy and the profession of literacy educators. As a department, it is our hope and anticipation that our graduates will be prepared to serve in a wide array of educational roles in a variety of institutional and multicultural contexts. The curriculum places emphasis upon reflection and critical thinking about professional practice and helps students analyze the moral and ethical responsibilities of literacy educators.

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 wish to receive certification as Reading Specialists must possess an initial teaching certificate, a Masters degree in any field, two years teaching experience, and 30 hours of study as outlined in their study programs prepared with the program coordinator.

Successful matriculation through the program will be based upon the quality of academic performance as indicated by grades and instructor input. 

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Advanced Graduate Study in Literacy, Reading and Educational Media Brochure
The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education offers a master’s degree and certification programs that prepare educators to meet present and future demands as literacy specialists. Ever-increasing cultural and linguistic diversity, coupled with persistent disparities in student achievement outcomes, require educators to be able to meet the literacy learning needs of all students.

View Program Brochure - Advanced Graduate Study in Literacy, Reading and Educational Media