M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Practitioner

M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Practitioner

M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Practitioner

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Reading Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 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.



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. 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 URL: Yes
Course Number
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

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action 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 indicating any missing items.

  • $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 (please use the Recommendation Form)

  • 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)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Practitioner program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Spring - Module 3 January 19 November 1