Master of Arts in Reading Education


The Master of Arts in Reading Education degree includes required master's coursework with a thesis as the capstone experience.  Optional to this degree, upon completion of the coursework and all TEA requirements, graduate students may be eligible take the Texas All-Level (K-12) Reading Specialist Certification exam. If this optional certification is pursued, the TWU EPP Graduate Professional Certification Application must be completed prior to beginning the coursework.

Students already holding a master's degree may take 18 semester credit hours of core coursework to be recommended for the Reading Specialist certificate. 

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Evaluate theories and research about the processes and practices of literacy instruction.
  2. ​Apply knowledge of a variety of instructional approaches, including technology, to create an environment that supports literacy learning.
  3. Apply understandings of how diversity affects and enriches the literacy development of students.
  4. Apply leadership skills that support communication and collaboration around issues related to literacy learning with the school, parents, and community.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

33 semester credit hours (SCH), including 6 SCH for thesis.

All courses are delivered in a blended format. No grade below a B is accepted toward the master’s degree.

Fall 1
Required Orientation Saturday in August
READ 5423Literacy: Practice to Theory3
READ 5503Phonological and Orthographic Language Systems in Literacy Learning3
Spring 1
READ 5443Literacy: Assessment and Instruction3
READ 5453Processes and Strategies for Comprehending Texts3
Summer 1
READ 5513Literacy and the Diverse Learner3
READ 5343Bridging Multimodal Composing and Children's/Young Adult Literature3
Fall 2
READ 5493Research in Literacy: Responsive Action in Schools3
READ 5523Literacy Leadership and Program Development3
Spring 2
READ 5463Practicum in Literacy: Analysis of Teaching and Mentoring3
READ 5983Thesis3
Fall 3
READ 5993Thesis3
Total SCHs33

Final Examination

The capstone experience is a thesis completed under the direction of your advisor.