MA in Reading: Accelerated Hybrid Option

Earn your MA in Reading in 15 months as a part-time student

Coordinator: Dr. Erik Jacobson
Office: University Hall, Room 3233
Phone: 973-655-3471


The Accelerated Hybrid Option for the Masters in Reading allows students to earn a 33-credit degree in fifteen months, even if they’re already working fulltime. The program begins during the summer, continues through the regular academic year and then concludes the next summer. All courses are either hybrid or fully online, with the exception of a practicum course that takes place on campus in the second summer.

The program is designed for those who wish to pursue a master’s degree through a shorter, intensive period of study.  Because the courses are hybrid or fully online, it also creates the kind of flexibility working professionals need.

Program graduates who have their initial teaching certificate and have completed two years full-time teaching experience by the time they graduate from this program are also eligible to receive their Reading Specialist certificate without having to complete any additional coursework.

New cohorts for the Accelerated Hybrid Option begin each summer.  Interested applicants should complete their application for admission with The Graduate School by April 15 each year.

The MA in Reading 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 in the program will graduate with a broad and multifaceted understanding of literacy. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills 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. Graduates will be prepared to work with students at the classroom level and with colleagues at the school level to enhance literacy instruction more broadly.

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.

For additional information about the MA in Reading, Accelerated Hybrid Option:

Adding the Supervisor Certificate (Post-Masters)

This four-course program of study fulfills the New Jersey Department of Education academic requirements for the standard administrative certificate with a supervisor endorsement. If they meet the teaching requirement (three years teaching under certification), MA Reading students can apply for the Supervision Certification program in their last semester in their master’s program. They will then have to complete three additional courses to receive the Supervisor Certificate. The fourth required course in the program will be waived because of coursework completed for the Masters of Reading.

Students interested in the Supervisor Certification program should contact Eunice Grippaldi.

Phone: 973-655-7718