Aug 18, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Reading (RDNG)

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Advisor: Linda Williams, Ph.D.
313E-2 Porter
734.487.2797 (ext. 2635)

The Master of Arts in Reading program provides candidates with a strong theoretical foundation in the field of reading and literacy, as well as skills needed to address the needs of K-12 learners, particularly those who  require specialized literacy intervention. Candidates gain knowledge of a wide range of instructional and assessment policies, programs, practices and resources supporting literacy development. Candidates will design literacy environments that engage learners in inquiry, research, and communication, using print and online texts and new as well as emerging technologies. Finally, candidates gain knowledge and expertise that enable them to work successfully in culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 settings.

Career Opportunities
The Master of Arts in Reading leads to the Reading Specialist (BR), a K-12 endorsement from the State of Michigan. Students must complete all required courses in the program and successfully pass the Michigan State Endorsement Test (#092) to gain the endorsement as a Reading Specialist. The Master of Arts in Reading and the State of Michigan endorsement as a K-12 Reading Specialist can lead to a position as a building or district literacy curriculum/reading specialist, literacy coach, or reading teacher for struggling readers.

The EMU College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, approved by the Michigan Department of Education for the preparation of educational personnel, and nationally recognized by the International Reading Association.

Credits Required

  • 30–31 credits in reading courses including 1 elective course of 3–4 credits

  • 5–6 hours of foundation courses

  • 35–37 credit hours total

Conceptual Framework
Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education program promotes inquiry, advocacy and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society.

Program Offerings
The Master of Arts in Reading is offered on the main campus at Eastern Michigan University. As in all Master’s Programs, the candidate has six years to complete the Program of Study. This program is offered at two off-campus sites in Monroe, Michigan and in Brighton, Michigan during alternating cycles, when there are enough people to comprise a cohort. Eastern Michigan University reserves the right to move the off-campus cohort to campus if the enrollment in the cohort is fewer than 10 students. Those who are enrolled in courses that fall below the level for adequate enrollment may either wait until there are adequate numbers of students in the cohort to offer the course at the off-campus site, or they may shift to the Eastern Michigan University site to complete their course work.

For More Information
Contact the Graduate School at Eastern Michigan University at

Admission Requirements
Complete your application for admission to Eastern Michigan University on the

See the Teacher Education department page  for specific admission requirements.

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