Earn your degree while preparing for New York State initial literacy certification for birth to grade 6 and for grades 5-12.
Our accredited program is grounded in cognitive, linguistic, and socio-cultural factors that contribute to the acquisition of reading and writing skills in developing and struggling readers.
At the heart of this degree program is our practicum where you’ll gain hands-on experience providing literacy assessment and intervention services to children, adolescents, and/or adults. Your practicum work will be supervised by our faculty to allow you to get the most out of your experiences at Teachers College.
Please note: Fall 2019 will be the last term of entry available for the master's program in Reading Specialist.
The Reading Specialist Master of Arts consists of approximately 34 points (minimum 12 courses: 10 required, 2 elective) depending on course selections and can be pursued either part-time or full-time. Completion of a Master’s Integrative Project is required for graduation.
Required Courses (10 required courses, minimum total 28 points) - See examples of electives on FAQ link at www.tc.columbia.edu/hbs/Reading-Specialist
Psychology core requirement: Choose one from the following for 2 or 3 points –
If none of these courses are being offered, another appropriate course can be substituted with approval.
Elective Courses (2 or 3 courses, total 6 points): See FAQ available at www.tc.edu/hbs/Reading-Specialist
Course grades: All courses must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail.
Completion of M.A. Project. The Master’s Integrative Project addresses areas related to literacy and related learning difficulties among children, adolescents, and adults. This culminating project is conducted under the supervision of an advisor.
New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.