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Reading and Literacy K-12, M.A.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 36 hours

This program is available via Global Campus/CMU Online only.

The Master of Arts in Reading and Literacy K-12 has been developed based on teacher preparation standards written by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and adopted by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

In addition, the course work contains components to meet the standards approved by the Michigan State Board of Education for the Reading Specialist (BR) Endorsement (July 20, 2000). Any certified teacher meeting the requirements for entry into graduate studies at Central Michigan University is eligible to enter the program.

The Master of Arts in Reading and Literacy K-12 provides students with knowledge and skills in reading and writing programs K-12. The major objectives of the program will enable students to:

  1. Organize and implement school literacy programs.
  2. Diagnose and treat difficulties in literacy.
  3. Implement appropriate reading and writing instruction.
  4. Develop interdisciplinary and integrated units involving literacy.
  5. Conduct research about current issues of literacy.
  6. Develop technological and viewing skills related to literacy programs.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission Requirement Snapshot

GPA: 3.0

Entrance Exam: N/A

Internat'l Application Deadline: July 1 (Fall), Oct. 1 (spring)

See Admission Requirement Details Below

Important Message for Prospective Students: It is highly recommended that students contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence if they are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license. CMU offers state-by-state information at with web links to the appropriate licensing agencies. It is the responsibility of students to contact the appropriate licensing agency and to understand the requirements in their state of residence as applied to their specific situation.


In addition to the university's general admission requirements, the student must have a valid K-12 teaching certificate or equivalent. Regular admission into the program requires an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a four point scale). Students with a GPA below 3.0 will not be considered for admission to the program.

A maximum of 6 hours taken before signing the master. Students must earn a B or better in each graded course.

Program Requirements

Required Courses - Reading and Literacy Concentration (36 hours)

EDU 623Understanding Literacy Research Methods


EDU 624Word Study and Vocabulary Development


EDU 627Using Digital Resources to Teach Literacy


EDU 629Reading and Writing Connections


EDU 630Organization and Implementation of School Literacy Programs


EDU 632Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Intervention


EDU 635Advanced Language Arts Instruction


EDU 636Foundations of Classroom Reading and Writing Instruction


EDU 641Literacy in the Disciplines


EDU 650Literacy Coaching


EDU 730Seminar: Issues in Literacy


Total: 36 semester hours