M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Specialist

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 Specialist track is intended for those who hold a current NJ teaching certificate and want to expand their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in teaching literacy and coaching colleagues. Students learn procedures for administering reading programs in elementary and secondary schools. While enrolled in the course Clinical Experiences in Reading, students are required to engage in tutoring at Rowan University’s highly regarded reading clinic located on the Glassboro, NJ campus. This experience includes an emphasis on reflective practice with colleagues and peer mentoring.


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: .CXMA-READED / Major Code: G830


The M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Specialist is a part-time program offered in an accelerated hybrid format with three courses requiring face-to-face meetings on Rowan’s Glassboro campus and the remaining courses taking place 100% online. It requires the completion of 33 graduate semester hours (10 courses), which are possible to complete in only 6 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 30540 Administration and Supervision of School Reading Programs 3
READ 30570 Clinical Experiences in Reading 6
READ 30520 Content Area Literacy 3
READ 30560 Correction Reading Problems 3
READ 30530 Teaching Reading to the Exceptional Child 3
READ 30600 Seminar and Research in Reading 3
READ 30515 Teaching Reading and Writing Across the Grades 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 30550 Diagnosis Reading Problems 3
Total Semester Hours: 33


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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 hybrid 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 that clearly indicates the number of years you have been teaching
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of a least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Copy of NJ teaching certificate (only Standard or CEAS only)
  • Interview may be required with Faculty Admissions Committee (If an interview is required, students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)
  • Timed writing sample (completed during interview)


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Start Dates & Application Deadlines


Below is a list of anticipated start dates for the M.A. in Reading: Reading Specialist program. 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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