M.A. Reading Specialist

M.A. Reading Specialist

Master of Arts—Reading Specialist and Reading Specialist Certification

Candidates preparing to become reading specialists study the components of the reading and writing processes and how children and adults develop literacy. Candidates learn diagnostic techniques and strategies that address that many different types of literacy problems struggling readers and writers may have. They learn strategies for working with all students, including special needs students and English language learners.

The program leading to Reading Specialist Certification consists of 39 credits described below and a comprehensive exam, or 36 credits and a thesis, which requires the student to take LTED 613. For certification eligibility, there is also a requirement of two years of teaching experience.

Students must satisfy the general admissions requirements for graduate study at NJCU. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA for admission to the program and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to graduate. Candidates should contact the department and arrange an interview upon application to the program.

Individuals who already possess a master's degree and graduate credits in literacy education may qualify for certification-only course work. The NJ State Department of Education must review transcripts to determine eligibility for certification and identify any additional course requirements needed to quality. 

Are you a candidate for the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) program? Learn MORE about obtaining a M.A. leading to Reading Specialist Certification, a M.A. in Elementary School Reading Concentration, or an M.A. in Secondary School Reading Concentration.

Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Course Catalog.

Candidates for this program must produce graduate course work in three of the following six areas (some seminars may satisfy an area):

  1. Children’s or adolescent literature
  2. Linguistics
  3. Measurement
  4. Psychology
  5. Organization of reading programs
  6. Supervision


Required Courses (27 credits)

LTED 637* Nature of Reading (3cr)

LTED 641* Reading and the School Curriculum (3cr)

LTED 606 Literacy and Learning in the Early Child Curriculum (3cr)

LTED 607 Reading in the Secondary School (3cr)

LTED 646 Practicum in Reading I: Diagnostic Procedures (3cr)

LTED 643 Practicum in Reading II (3cr)

LTED 648 Solving Reading Problems at the Elementary School Level (3cr)

LTED 667 Administration and Supervision of School Reading Programs (3cr)

LTED 612** Research in Reading (3cr)

*Courses to be taken at the beginning of the program.
**Course to be taken in the final semester.


Children's Literature (Choose 3 credits)

LTED 618 Pedagogy and Application of Children's Literature K-12 (3cr)

LTED 619 Pedagogy of Children's Literature, to Teach Content Area to Emergent Readers, PreK-3 (3cr)

Technology (Choose 3 credits)

LTED 601 Reading and Multi-Media (3cr)

LTED 621 Microcomputers and Reading Instruction (3cr)

EDTC 624 Technology in the English/Language Arts Curriculum (3cr)

Literacy Instruction (Choose 3 credits)

LTED 602 Reading Disabilities Remediation (3cr)

LTED 605 Literacy in the Elementary Curriculum (3cr)

LTED 609 Literacy Strategies for the Early Childhood Classroom (3cr)

LTED 610 Literacy in the Middle School (3cr)

LTED 611 Reading Research (Thesis Option) (3cr)

LTED 613 Advanced Research in Reading (3cr) (for thesis students only)

LTED 614 Pedagogical Aspects of Teaching Writing in the K-12 Classroom (3cr)

LTED 616 Reading and Language for the Gifted (3cr)

LTED 635 Effective Literacy Strategies for English Language Learners (3cr)

LTED 642 Seminar in Reading: Selected Topics (3cr)

LTED 647 Diagnosis and Treatment II (3cr)

LTED 651 Language Development, Reading and Linguistics (3cr)

Basic Professional Education or General Education (Choose 3 credits)

Students select one course from the following areas:

  • Supervision
  • Special Education
  • Early Childhood (P-3 grades)
  • Psychology


Contact Us

Mary McGriff, Chair
Professional Studies Building, Room 345
Email: mmcgriff@njcu.edu
Phone: 201-200-3521