Jul 21, 2019  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Reading (RDNG)

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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 www.gradschool.emich.edu/.

Admission Criteria:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  2. Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level or a minimum 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing. International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL; 
  3. For Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) , elementary education, middle level education, secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and for students in educational media and technology who are pursuing the NP endorsement: hold a valid teaching credential. For international students who do not intend to teach in the United States, this requirement can be waived. Teaching certification is NOT required for the programs Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (EPDL) , Master of Arts in Social Foundations of Education (SFND) , or for students in Master of Arts in Educational Media and Technology (EDMT)  not pursuing the NP endorsement;
  4. Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meeting the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program; and
  5. Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.
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Department Information:

Teacher Education - College of Education

Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Department Head

313 Porter Bldg
(734) 487-3260

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Linda Lewis-White, Ph.D..

313 Porter Bldg
(734) 487-3260

Master of Arts in Reading

Program Total: 32-33 hours

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