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Reading Specialization - M.A. and M.Ed. PDFDownload to print

College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies

404 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2580


The Master of Arts and the Master of Education in Reading Specialization develops practical and professional knowledge that is essential for educators concerned with the improvement of literacy at all instructional levels. Students study the nature of the reading and writing processes; the interrelationships between language, literature, and literacy; literacy learning and teaching; the nature and needs of students who find reading and writing difficult; reading and writing as vehicles for learning and enjoyment; and the role of research in literacy instruction.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), goal statement and two letters of recommendation.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

M.A. and M.Ed.: This degree requires a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate coursework including at least 16 semester hours at the 60000 level or above. A major consisting of 18 or more semester hours in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services is required.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. Students should consult their advisors for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:


  1. Demonstrate outstanding or satisfactory knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  2. Demonstrate outstanding or satisfactory use a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction.
  3. Demonstrate outstanding or satisfactory use of a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.
  4. Demonstrate understanding and awareness of how to create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and valuing of differences in our society.
  5. Demonstrate an outstanding or satisfactory ability to create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, use of instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
  6. View professional development as a career long effort and responsibility.