Reading Specialist and Reading Specialist Certification, M.A.

Master of Arts
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About This Degree

PLEASE NOTE THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN PAUSED AND WILL BE RELAUNCHING IN JANUARY 2020

The Master of Arts / Reading Specialist Program is a degree leading to New Jersey reading specialist certification.  Reading specialists work in early childhood, elementary, secondary and adult learning environments.  Reading specialists work with struggling readers/writers and provide professional development for teachers.


Masters in Reading/Reading Specialist Certificate - 100% Online

Masters in Reading/Reading Specialist Certificate

The Department of Literacy Education prepares literacy specialists for careers in teaching, coaching, training, coordinating instructional programs, diagnosing and treating literacy problems, and developing curriculum. Literacy specialists may work one-on-one, in small groups, or with whole classes. They also focus on all aspects of literacy: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing. For more information please contact Dr. Michelle Rosen, Chair and Associate Professor, NJCU College of Education.


NJCU's MA in Literacy Education is completely online and only takes two years as per the following schedule:

SUMMER I

  • LTED 637: Nature of Reading (3)
  • LTED 646: Diagnostic Procedures in Reading (3)

FALL I

  • LTED 648: Solving Reading Problems (3)
  • LTED 618: Pedagogy an Application of Children’s Literature in K-12 Classroom (3)

SPRING I

  • LTED 642: Seminar in Literacy Selected Topics (3)
  • LTED 645: Best Literacy Practices in Middle/Secondary School (3)

SUMMER II

  • LTED 641: Reading in the School Curriculum (3)

FALL II

  • LTED 667: Administration and Supervision of School Reading Programs(3)
  • LTED 643: Practicum in Reading (3)

SPRING II:

  • LTED 612: Research in Reading (3)
  • ELECTIVE (3)

Candidates preparing to become literacy 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 the 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 Department of Literacy Education offers a reading specialist graduate program. The Master of Arts / Reading Specialist Program is a degree leading to New Jersey reading specialist certification. Reading specialists work in early childhood, elementary, secondary and adult learning environments. Reading specialists work with struggling readers/writers and provide professional development for teachers.


Testimonials

"As a recent graduate of NJCU and a recipient of a Master's degree in the fields of Literacy Education and Reading Specialization, I can tell you that the faculty at New Jersey City University is second to none.  My professors were totally invested in my success and did whatever they could do in order to ensure that I met my educational goals.  My journey towards my Master's degree took longer than expected, but the staff hung in there with me, through thick and thin, patiently tailoring my education to fit my needs.  They became more than just professors, they became my mentors, my role models and my friends.  I can honestly say that I never would have finished my degree had it not been for the professors at NJCU, and I'll never forget my time there."

-Chris Campbell, Teacher, Union City Public Schools

“I am so happy that I decided to peruse a Masters in Reading at NJCU. While I took my courses, I was a Kindergarten teacher and I was able to apply all my studies in my classroom. The program was so applicable to my daily practice. After I graduated with my Masters in Reading I was offered a Literacy Coach position in my school. I am now able to work with students and teachers, Kindergarten- 8th grade, and support best practices in literacy. Earning my Masters in Reading was one of the best decisions of my professional life.”

-Maria Ameruoso, Literacy Coach, Jersey City Public Schools

“Beyond grateful! The LTED Masters Program in Reading and Professors at NJCU made this the best experience in my educational career!  My area of study was Masters in Reading with a Certification in Reading Specialist and a journey that was well worth taking especially with the detail to attention and the care that was given to each student through this process. The workload was expected but it was the personable way with which each professor took the time to instruct us in real-life scenarios, techniques & strategies, assignments that opened our eyes to different proven research and implementing the seed that we can change the world one class at a time.  Taking what I had learned in the workforce and making it better, so that all of my students, regardless of learning capabilities, were actively engaged in my classroom.  Thank you for inspiring me to become the best teacher my students deserve!”

-Nadia Vazquez, Teacher, Union City Public Schools