Department of Reading

Department of Reading

M.A. in Reading Education

Stephanie Abraham, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator and Advisor
(856) 256-4500 x53833

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Program Description
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Reading Education is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation in Teacher Education in conjunction with the International Literacy Association (ILA). The program prepares professionals to teach literacy to all learners and serve as leaders in supporting their colleagues in the field. Students in the program will have the opportunity to develop both a contemporary conceptual framework and effective strategies that are appropriate for guiding literacy development in classroom and clinical environments.

The course of studies provides students with an understanding of the basic principles of developmental reading instruction for grades pre-k-12. Students acquire advanced knowledge of the reading process. They engage in hands-on experiences in diagnosing and teaching learners who are having difficulty with literacy acquisition. Students learn procedures for administering reading programs in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. In their course work and reading seminar experiences, students read and interpret current reading research and develop expertise in applying relevant findings to literacy practices in their school and classroom, and researching their own practice.

We offer two specializations in the MA in Reading Education:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Practitioner

Graduates who complete the Reading Specialists specialization are immediately certifiable as Reading Specialists. They will also be prepared for leadership roles in literacy and to support classroom teachers and teacher candidates in:

  • Using practices, approaches, and methods including the use of technology to increase the literacy development of all learners.
  • Selecting and administering formal and informal assessments and communicating assessment information to various audiences.
  • Using assessments to plan instruction for all students.
  • Improving their practice by exhibiting leadership skills in professional development.

The Reading Practitioner specialization is intended for those who wish to pursue advanced study in literacy education and become more knowledgeable about instructional strategies that align with the Common Core English/Language Arts Standards. Students in this specialization are not required to have teaching certification but are required to have access to a classroom and/or school district setting as well as a group of children to work with.

The Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education maintains a highly regarded public reading clinic that provides diagnostic and remedial services to children and young adults. While enrolled in the course, Clinical Experiences in Reading, Reading Specialist students are required to engage in tutoring clients attending the clinic. There is an emphasis on reflective practice with colleagues and peer mentoring as part of this experience.

For more information about admission and course requirements please visit Global Learning and Partnerships of Rowan University:

  • For information about the Reading Specialist specialization, click here
  • For information about the Reading Practitioner specialization, click here.

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