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M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Practitioner

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Program Information

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Our Reading Practitioner track in the M.A. in Reading Education prepares professionals to teach literacy using a contemporary conceptual framework and effective strategies that are appropriate for guiding literacy development in classroom and clinical environments. This concentration is intended for those who wish to pursue advanced studies in literacy education and instructional strategies that align with English/Language Arts Standards and the needs of diverse 21st century classrooms. The Reading Practitioner concentration does not lead to a state certificate.

  • The M.A. in Reading Education program at Rowan University is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in conjunction with the International Reading Association (ILA).
  • Teaching certification not required, but students must have access to a classroom and/or school district 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 Education program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information about NJTOP, click here.

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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 five consecutive semesters. Students must successfully complete and present a cumulative digital portfolio, which includes a comprehensive paper.

  • 10 Courses / 30 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 30 S.H.
READ 30500 Literacy Theory and Practice 3
READ 30510 Teaching Reading in the Elementary Schools 3
READ 30520 Content Area Literacy 3
READ 30530 Teaching Reading to the Exceptional Child 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 Classrooms 3
READ 30535 Word Study: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction 3
READ 30557 21st Century Literacy: Digital Knowledge, Digital Teaching 3
READ 30555 Special Topics (M.A. in Reading) 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $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)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten essay that includes a statement of professional objectives
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Copy of any educational certifications held (certification is not required)
  • On-site writing sample (conducted during interview)
Reading Practitioner

Career Outlook

Our Reading Practitioner track prepares professionals to teach literacy to all learners and serve as leaders in supporting their colleagues in the field. Graduates may become literacy coaches, reading interventionists, instructional coordinators, or hold leadership positions in their school or district.


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