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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.

06/01/22 Next Application Due Date
06/29/22 Start Classes

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.

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
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

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

Find Out More About Our Pay-As-You-Go Tuition

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:

$512 Per Credit Hour
16,896 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course Per Program
Master of Arts in Reading $512 $1,536 $16,896

Cost of tuition does not include any additional applicable course fees, standard textbook fees or course materials.

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Federal Financial Aid

If you would like to be considered for financial aid at Eastern Michigan University, you will need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Federal School Code for Eastern Michigan University is 002259.

*The maximum grant amount can vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants and require approved recipients to sign a service agreement for certain teaching service obligations for four academic years. If obligations are not met within eight years after graduation, the grant will turn into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with all accrued interest from the date of disbursement. For more information, please visit: or contact the EMU Financial Aid Office.


View the Important Dates and Deadlines

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:

06/01/22 Next Application Due Date
06/29/22 Start Classes

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Session Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Winter II 03/07/22 02/07/22 02/14/22 02/28/22 3/17/22
Summer I 05/09/22 04/11/22 04/18/22 05/02/22 05/12/22
Summer II 06/29/22 06/01/22 06/08/22 06/22/22 06/23/22*
Fall I 08/29/22 08/1/22 08/9/22 08/24/22 09/8/22
Fall II 10/12/22 09/14/22 09/21/22 10/5/22 11/3/22*

*Payment may be due earlier due to registration

**Please refer here for more information for your specific payment due date

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Eastern Michigan University?


Ready to Apply? Find Out What You Need to Know First

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
Official transcripts from all institutions attended
Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale

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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].

Have a question? Call us at 844-351-9389.


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.

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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

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

This course provides teachers an opportunity to learn how to integrate speaking, listening, reading, viewing and visual representing with content area instruction using children’s and young adults’ literature.

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

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

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

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.

Foundation Courses

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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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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 curricula to meet the needs of all students in the mixed-ability classroom.

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