M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Practitioner

About the Program


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 Reading Association. 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. Students acquire advanced knowledge of the reading process.


The Reading Practitioner track 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 track 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.


Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the M.A. in Reading program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.


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Program Code: .COMA-READED / Major Code: G830


The M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Practitioner is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. It requires the completion of 30 graduate semester hours (10 courses), which are possible to complete in only 5 consecutive semesters.



The graduate-level courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally. Click on the courses below to view available course descriptions.


Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Core Courses
READ 30510 Teaching Reading in the Elementary Schools 3
READ 30500 Theory and Practice in Literacy Education 3
READ 30520 Content Area Literacy 3
READ 30530 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Children 3
READ 30610 Literacy Assessment 3
READ 30547 Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners 3
READ 30545 Using Multicultural Literature in the K-12 Reading and Writing Classroom 3
READ 30535 Word Study: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction 3
READ 30557 21st Century Literacy: Digital Knowledge, Digital Teaching 3
READ 30552 Special Topics in Reading Access, Success, Equity: Turning Research into Practice 3
Total Semester Hours: 30


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Admission Requirements


The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Practitioner program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • Completed Graduate-level CGCE Application Form. Download the PDF or click here to apply online.
    • To apply through NJTOP, please click here.
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current professional resume
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of a least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Copy of any educational certifications held (certification is not required)


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Start Dates & Application Deadlines


Below is a list of M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Practitioner anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.


Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 – Module 3 01/06/2015 11/01/2014


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Tuition & Costs


$707 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)


Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the M.A. in Reading program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.


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