Reading Specialist MA Initial

M.A. in Reading Specialist

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.


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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 34
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall


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  • NY State Initial: Literacy Birth-6
  • NY State Initial: Literacy 5-12

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test
  • Must hold Initial Certification to obtain Literacy Certification
  • Please note: Fall 2019 will be the last term of entry available for the Master's program in Reading Specialist

*Students without Initial Certification may be eligible for entry to the Reading Specialist Program; contact Professor Perin at if applicable.

Degree Requirements

Please contact the program for more information on course requirements.

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