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