Master of Arts in Reading Education

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 to 39 semester credit hours, including 6 semester credit hours for thesis (M.A.), or 3 seminar hours in literacy research culminating in an electronic professional portfolio (M.Ed.).


27-30 semester credit hours
Children’s literature:  3 semester credit hours
Focus area:  6 semester credit hours, subject to advisor’s approval

Final Examination

The capstone experience is a professional digital portfolio.

No grade below a ‘B’ is accepted toward the master’s degree.

Master of Arts in Reading Program of Study (39 semester credit hours)

All courses are delivered in a blended format.

Fall 1 (3 SCH)
Required Orientation Saturday in August
READ 5423Literacy: Practice to Theory3
Spring 1 (3 SCH)
READ 5443Literacy: Assessment and Instruction3
Summer 1 (6 SCH)
READ 5513Literacy and the Diverse Learner3
READ 5503Phonological and Orthographic Language Systems in Literacy Learning3
Fall 2 (3 SCH)
Required mid-program conference with advisor
READ 5453Processes and Strategies for Comprehending Texts3
Spring 2 (3 SCH)
READ 5493Research in Literacy: Responsive Action in Schools3
Summer 2 (6 SCH)
READ 5523Supervision and the Teaching of Reading3
READ 5463Practicum in Literacy: Analysis of Teaching and Mentoring3
Fall 3 (3 SCH)
READ 5963Seminar in Literacy Research3
Other Courses: Students decide semester with advisor (9 SCH)
Two Focus Area Courses (Must be approved by advisor)6
1 Children's Literature Course3
MA requires additional 3 hours of Thesis
Total Semester Credit Hours36