M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Specialist

M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Specialist

M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Specialist

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 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.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.



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 34 graduate semester hours (11 courses), which are possible to complete in only 6 consecutive semesters. Students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam and thesis.


  • 11 Courses / 34 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Course Number
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

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 that clearly indicates the number of years you have been teaching

  • 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 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.)

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)

  • 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.


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Specialist 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