Master of Arts in Reading Online

Develop a strong foundation in reading and literacy skills and prepare to make a bigger impact on your students with your reading endorsement qualification.

8/1/22 Next Application Due Date
8/29/22 Start Classes
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Program Overview

What Our Online Master of Arts in Reading Offers You


$16,896 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
33 Credit Hours

The 100% online Master of Arts in Reading from Eastern Michigan University is designed for working teachers who want to become leaders in literacy instruction in their schools or districts. This online master’s in reading is practice based, founded in theory and offers a rigorous curriculum that deepens your expertise through contemporary educational research and real-world application.

Along with affordable tuition and a flexible academic calendar, EMU’s TEACH-grant eligible* M.A. in Reading online features coursework dedicated to digital literacy, listening and speaking, and helping educators develop the practical knowledge necessary to thrive in culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 settings. The faculty at EMU use their rich history of academic experience to create learning environments where students can easily connect the subject matter to their own classrooms.

EMU’s CAEP-accredited online M.A. 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 Reading Specialist endorsement. The M.A. in Reading degree and 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.

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Graduates of the M.A. in Reading online program will:

  • Develop a strong theoretical foundation in reading and literacy and skills needed to address the needs of K-12 learners, particularly those who require specialized literacy intervention
  • Gain an understanding of a wide range of instructional and assessment policies, programs, practices and resources supporting literacy development
  • Learn to design literacy environments that engage learners in inquiry, research and communication, using print and online texts and new and emerging technologies
  • Acquire the knowledge and expertise to work successfully in culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 settings

Career opportunities:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Building or District Literacy Curriculum/Reading Specialist
  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Interventionist

Also available:

Eastern Michigan University offers a variety of graduate education programs and a post-master's certificate online. Check out our other online education programs.

$16,896 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
33 Credit Hours

All professional education programs in the Eastern Michigan University College of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education.

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Tuition and Fees

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The Master of Arts in Reading online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to all online students whether they reside in or out of state. Financial aid may also be available for eligible students.

Tuition breakdown:

$16,896 Total Tuition
$512 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$512 Per Credit Hour
$16,896 Total Tuition

Calendar

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The M.A. in Reading online program features a convenient course schedule with multiple starts a year so you can maintain a balance between work, life and your studies. View the full calendar to find the best start date and corresponding deadlines for you.

Now Enrolling:

8/1/22 Next Application Due Date
8/29/22 Start Classes
AllStart DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Deadline*
Summer II6/25/226/1/226/8/226/22/226/23/22
Fall I8/29/228/1/228/9/228/24/229/8/22
Fall II10/19/229/21/229/28/2210/12/2211/3/22

Now Enrolling:

8/1/22 Next Application Due Date
8/29/22 Start Classes

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Admissions

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The admission process is the first step to earning your M.A. in Reading online. Be sure to review all admission requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Master of Arts in Reading Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application online and pay application fee
  • Teaching Certificate*
    • Michigan Provisional Certificate preferred, but not required
    • Applicants with out-of-state Teaching Certificates must meet with an advisor.
    • *Non-certified teachers or private school teachers must contact Dr. Linda Lewis-White before applying to discuss admission and ensure they understand that completion of the program does not lead to initial teaching certification or a reading endorsement/certification
  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended
  • 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, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission
    • Provisional admission can be made for students with a GPA of 2.5 in their undergraduate program if they have been working in the field of education and have completed an interview with the graduate program coordinator. Students must then complete 12 credit hours of graduate coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for full admission to the graduate program

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
P.O. Box 970
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Documentation can be sent via email to: [email protected].

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Courses

Add to Your Reading Instruction Skills With These Master of Arts in Reading Courses


For the M.A. in Reading online, the curriculum is comprised of 11 courses covering 33 credit hours. Students are required to take 9 Reading courses, 1 Foundational course and choose 1 Curriculum course. As an online student, you will take all of your classes with EMU instructors, just like you would if you were here on campus.

Reading Courses
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Exploring research and classroom based literature on second language reading and language instruction, students will develop knowledge about educational policies and instructional approaches which foster literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and visually representing) for English language learners.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Through a survey of comprehension theories which impact literacy instruction, students will develop reading techniques and strategies that support student learning in the content areas.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores the wide range of perspectives, discourses, and research studies regarding literacy in the digital age. Further, the course is designed to be a resource for educators who want to layer their literacy curricula with the various new literacies in which students must be competent.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An integrated literacy curriculum focuses on all five components of literacy: listening, speaking, reading, writing and viewing. The focus of this course is on the teaching of listening and speaking skills within the context of reading, writing and viewing to increase student engagement and learning across all content areas and disciplines.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A concentration on the developmental aspects of language learning and its relationship to emergent reading. Involves theoretical and research knowledge pertinent to child growth and development.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides teachers an opportunity to: (1) explore research on the relationship between the reading and writing processes and (2) determine ways to use the inquiry process with reading and writing across the content areas. Additionally, the course examines classroom management and evaluation procedures.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The focus of this course is history, theory and research in literacy education. The impact of these issues on classroom practices will be examined.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed for Pre K-12 classroom teachers, reading specialists, and reading coaches to plan and use reading assessments for evaluation, and to inform intervention for a struggling reader and school-wide reading instruction program for struggling readers.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course includes a practicum focused on coaching classroom teachers and paraprofessionals in the development of appropriate programs for struggling readers. Students will learn modeling, observation and conferencing procedures. Students will examine the process of staff development and action research from the perspective of the reading professional.
For their Foundations Courses, students will be required to take EDPS 667, and choose 1 course between CURR 664 and CURR 665.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The purpose of this course is to further develop participants’ multicultural skills and understandings through readings, class discussion, simulation and self-critique, as well as through the examination, analyzation and creation of curricular and multicultural materials.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills, concepts and dispositions necessary for differentiating curriculum to meet the needs of all students in the mixed-ability classroom.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines basic concepts in understanding and evaluating contemporary educational research, addressing both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The focus is on critical understanding of, rather than production of, research.

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