MA, Reading Specialist K-12

Study Formats Online, On Campus

This degree is available 100% online and through on-campus cohorts.

Program Length 30 credits*, 24 months


*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.


Beginning Reading

This course examines the factors involved in the beginning literacy processes. The focus is on current theory and research relating to issues in literacy in grades K-3. Candidates will administer and interpret appropriate assessments and plan effective intervention lesson(s) for students who struggle in reading. (3 SH)

Foundations of Reading and Language Theory


Understanding of reading research and language acquisition factors that influence the reading and writing processes are developed. Candidates also explore historical influences on literacy research and practice, examining literature in sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, educational learning theory, and literacy research. (3 SH)

Studies in Reading

The theories and research informing best practices in elementary and secondary school literacy programs are explored. Emphasis is placed on the application of current strategies and approaches to teaching the domains of literacy. Special attention is given to meeting the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse learners. (3 SH)

Assessment of Reading with Remedial Materials and Resources

This is a graduate-level course series which explores the causes and types of reading difficulties, procedures for assessing the struggling reader, and experiences in administering and interpreting standardized and informal tests. The course also attends to current research relating to common reading problems and their materials and resource for their correction. (6 SH)

Content Reading: Middle & Secondary Schools

The emphasis is on the development of competence as a literacy coach/leader in a middle or secondary setting. Integrity is fostered through attention to the diversity of learners in their various educational settings. Candidates are expected to participate in field experiences outside of course online or class hours, which include conducting interviews with teachers, teaching a lesson, and conferencing with teachers. (3 SH)

Reading Practicum Using Developmental Instruction and Support

This course emphasizes the application of assessment and remedial techniques in a supervised, clinical situation for K-12 levels. It is the culminating experience for implementing data-driven instruction and the reporting of student progress. The M.A. Reading Program Capstone is embedded in this course. (6 SH)

Roles, Relationships and Ethics of the Reading Professional

The analysis of curriculum frameworks aligned to state and national standards and assessment processes leading to school improvement. It will prepare the instructional leader to develop the knowledge and skills related to curriculum and assessment at the building level. (3 SH)

Research in Children’s Literature

This course critically examines issues and trends in children's literature, including using it as a basis for the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity. Candidates learn action research principles and apply them in conducting an in-depth study of research highlighting implications for instruction. (3 SH)

Capstone Experience

Embedded in clinical experience.


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