Master's Degree Programs for Aspiring Reading Specialists

There are a couple different types of master's degree programs that can prepare you as a reading specialist. Read on to learn the curriculum in these programs, prerequisites, and online availability. Schools offering Literacy degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What are the Prerequisites for Reading Specialist Master's Degree Programs?

The most common degrees in this area are Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education degrees with a specialization in reading. M.A. and M.Ed. degrees in Reading are also available, as are M.Ed. programs with reading specialist certification.

To be admitted into these programs, you usually must have a bachelor's degree and a teaching license. Most schools also require three years of teaching experience. However, at least one school offering this program has designed it to qualify students for initial teacher licensure. You may also need to submit GRE scores or scores from the Praxis I and II, which are tests that measure aspiring teachers' knowledge.

Degree Programs Master of Education or Master of Arts in Education with a reading specialization
Common Courses Supervising reading programs, developing literacy and language, educational change, language acquisition
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree, teaching license, teaching experience, GRE or Praxis I and II exam results
Online Availability Programs often offered in a hybrid format

What Courses Will I Take?

Some programs incorporate the reading specialist option into the master's program in reading. Others require you to complete the master's degree requirements prior to completing requirements for the reading specialist certificate. Through either program format, you will take courses that cover literacy concepts for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. You will also study techniques for assessing your students' reading abilities and helping them overcome reading-related problems, such as dyslexia. Course topics could include:

  • Teaching reading
  • Strategies for processing and understanding texts
  • Supervising reading programs
  • Educational change
  • Language acquisition
  • Developing literacy and language
  • Literature for young adults
  • Instituting school-wide reading programs

How Do the Programs Work?

There are several schools offering hybrid programs, with some course content available online and other program requirements to be completed in-person. These in-person requirements vary by program and include hands-on teaching experience or 3 on-campus seminar discussion groups each semester. Both online and on-campus schools require that you complete research projects in literacy and reading. The majority of these programs require you to complete a reading specialist practicum, which gives you experience in the classroom working with children who have literacy issues. These children may not be native English speakers, or may have learning disabilities or other challenges to their ability to read.

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