Reading Specialist


Fall 2019 was the last term of entry available for the master's program in Reading Specialist.

Learn about our Advanced Certificate in Literacy here.

Welcome to the Reading Specialist program

Through the M.A. Reading Specialist program you’ll learn to teach reading and writing to both struggling and typically developing students, individually, in small groups, and in whole classrooms. Our 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. Graduates of our M.A. program are prepared for two levels of New York State literacy certification—birth to grade 6 and grades 5-12. At the heart of our program is our practicum where you’ll gain hands-on experience providing literacy assessment and intervention services to children, adolescents, and/or adults.

We're proud to be accredited by the International Dyslexia Association.

Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Arts 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.

Please note: Fall 2019 will be the last term of entry available for the master's program in Reading Specialist.

Please see below for information about the Advanced Certificate in Literacy.

Admissions Information

Application Requirements

  • Advanced Certificate
    • Literacy Initial Certification: Literacy - All Grades
  • Master of Arts
    • Reading Specialist Initial Cert: Literacy (Birth-6 and 5-12) [Program is no longer accepting applications.]

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