Master of Arts in Reading Education


The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Reading Education is designed for classroom and reading teachers to prepare them as leaders in the field of literacy instruction and as reading specialists. Since the program builds on the knowledge base and experience of the practitioner, teachers who enter the M.A.Ed. must have professional teacher licensure. This is a 36-hour program that will enable teachers to develop expertise in the teaching of reading, the diagnosis and remediation of problems and the development of successful reading programs. Teachers will also have opportunities to develop leadership competence in the design, delivery and assessment of reading and services. The Reading Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education

Funding is available for the M.A.Ed. in Reading Education Program through the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)Grant ( ) there may be up to $8,000 that you could potentially get toward your degree!  Because this degree leads to licensure as a Reading Specialist you could be eligible for this federal funding.


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UNC Pembroke Graduate Reading Program Alum, Nicole Paid

"I believe that the most important factor in a student's academic success is the quality of their classroom teacher."

An alum of UNC Pembroke's Master in Reading Education program, Nicole Pait, has been in education for 24 years—teaching in grades K-5, serving as an academic coach, a Reading Recovery teacher and RCS Literacy Coordinator. She currently serves as Richmond County Schools' K-12 Director of ELA, Social Studies, Arts and Gifted Education. 

Portia Brown

"After teaching for 10 years, I earned my Master's in Reading Education and am going into my fourth year as an Instructional Coach with Cumberland County Schools. Because of UNCP's program, not only am I better equipped to help my staff with different strategies to help struggling readers, but I have the knowledge to draw from to help the students I serve in small group instruction. Without the core knowledge, care and concern from the professors I don't know where I would be today—I am forever indebted to this program!" Portia Brown