Our 33-credit Master of Arts degree program prepares literacy specialists for careers in teaching, coaching, training, coordinating instructional programs, diagnosing and treating literacy problems, and developing curriculum. As a literacy specialist, you may may work one-on-one, in small groups, or with whole classes, focusing on all aspects of literacy: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing.
We prepare candidates with diagnostic techniques and strategies that address the many different types of literacy problems struggling readers and writers may have. Our graduate students learn strategies for working with all students, including special needs students and English language learners.
The Master of Arts degree leading to certification as a reading specialist is a New Jersey credential, but is eligible for reciprocal certification in most states. Upon completing the program, candidates may apply for reciprocal certification through other states’ Boards of Education.
If you already have a master’s degree and graduate credits in literacy education, you may qualify for certification-only coursework. The New Jersey Department of Education must review transcripts to determine eligibility and identify any additional course requirements needed to qualify for certification.
Professional Studies Building, Room 345
Dr. Michelle Rosen, Chair
Debra Welch, Administrative Assistant