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M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Specialist

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Reading Education: Reading Specialist track at Rowan University is an accelerated part-time program for professionals who hold a current NJ teaching certificate and want to expand their knowledge, skills and dispositions in teaching literacy and coaching colleagues. As a student, you will engage in tutoring and peer coaching at Rowan University’s highly-regarded reading clinic. Located on the Glassboro, NJ campus, the clinic emphasizes reflective practice with colleagues and peer mentorship. 

Our program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in conjunction with the International Reading Association (ILA). 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 about NJTOP, click here.

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The Master of Arts (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 34 graduate semester hours (11 courses), which are possible to complete in only six consecutive semesters. Students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam and thesis.

  • 11 Courses / 34 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 34 S.H.
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 of Reading Problems 3
READ 30530 Teaching Reading To Exceptional Children 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 Of Reading Problems 3
READ 30600 Reading Research Seminar II 3
READ 30601 Reading Research Seminar I 1

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 that clearly indicates the number of years you have been teaching
  • Typewritten essay that includes a statement of professional objectives
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Certificate Program Acknowledgement
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Copy of NJ teaching certificate (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.)
  • The applicant must provide proof of appropriate certification, as well as a letter of employment confirming the specific dates (not just years) during which the applicant has taught or served the educational community under the appropriate certificate.
  • The NJ Reading Specialist certificate requires two years of full-time teaching experiences with a valid teaching certificate; however, students may enter the program with less two years of experience.
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M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Specialist

Career Outlook

Graduates who complete the Reading Specialists specialization are immediately certified as Reading Specialists. Our program postitions you to move ahead in a variety of educational roles, such as literacy coach, reading interventionist, instructional coordinator, or a leadership position in your school or district.

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