May 31, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Reading [M.A.]


The Master of Arts in Reading (RDNG) 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.

Accreditation
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.

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.

Program Admission


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a Graduate Application
  2. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities (EMU alums do no need to request official transcripts).
  3. Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program. 

    International Transcripts - Students with non-U.S. post-secondary credentials must submit an evaluation of their international transcripts from one of four approved evaluation services for a detailed, course-by-course report. Applicants should allow 2-6 weeks for the completed evaluation. Please visit International Admissions for additional information.

Department Information


Teacher Education | Wendy Burke, Ph.D., Department Head | 313 Porter, 734.487.3260, wburke1@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Linda Lewis-White, Ph.D., 313 Porter, 734.487.3260, llewiswh@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 32-33 hours