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What Is a Master’s Degree in Reading?

A Master of Science in Education in Reading typically consists of a series of 10 three-credit courses. These courses provide the core knowledge necessary to successfully teach students of varied ages and backgrounds how to read and communicate effectively. With a master’s degree in reading from an online MSE program, you can begin a rewarding career as a school reading coach, literacy consultant or reading intervention specialist. Some graduates even apply their master’s degree in reading to jobs in publishing or testing.

The following is a list of courses and their descriptions. These courses are mandatory in the Master of Science in Education in Reading online program at Arkansas State.

Theory and Practice in Teaching Reading

This course is a study of the reading process. It focuses on traditional reading presentations and the significance of instructional decision-making.

Perspectives on Professionalism in Education

Students develop the mindsets and attitudes necessary to assume principled and professional responsibilities. This includes communication with diverse cultures, backgrounds and other demographics.

The National Writing Project Model: Processes of Writing

Degree candidates explore the personal and professional processes of writing in the National Writing Project workshop setting. This exploration includes an analysis of the thought and reasoning behind improving the writing instruction process.

Emergent Literacy Birth Through Primary Years

This course examines the development of literacy skills from birth through the primary school grades. Coursework introduces students to the written word and to writing in compliance with state and national standards.

Reading Practicum I — Diagnosis and Intervention

Students cover clinical practices in the intervention and assessment of reading and related disciplines.

Adolescent Literacy

Degree candidates study the latest federal initiatives and reform policies related to pre-adult literacy. Additional foci include the social and cognitive processes related to adolescent reading and writing development.

Principles of Literacy Cognition

This is a survey of current research on literacy cognition, reading disorders and reading instruction methodology.

Literacy for Diverse Learners

This course explores literacy needs among diverse student cultures, including special needs students. Degree candidates examine issues related to multicultural education and responsive cultural instruction. Students will rehearse and present literacy instruction to increase subject comprehension.

Introduction to Statistics and Research

Assignments in this course familiarize students with statistical treatments, interpreting research data and current research methodology.

Reading Practicum II — Leadership and Literacy

To prepare degree candidates for a variety of working environments, this class covers the correction of reading difficulties with an emphasis on applying assessment data for professional development as a reading specialist. Coursework addresses organizing and overseeing school-wide reading revision and improvement, as well as the study of experiences in a clinical setting.


Some universities may require post-graduate students to have a current teaching license and a minimum of one year of experience. Check with the admissions department at the school you select for any prerequisites.


If you are considering an online MSE degree program, ensure that the university’s College of Education is accredited. The school should be recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) or other governing body.

Learn more about the A-State online MSE in Reading program.


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