Reading Education

Master of Arts in Reading Education

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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. Graduate study in reading education 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 NC State Board of Education.

Catalog 2018-2019

UNCP Graduate Student Handbook

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

  1. One year of teaching experience
  2. Three professional references of which one should be a current administrator/supervisor who is familiar with your teaching/career goals.

Special Program Admission Requirements

Applicants who do not have a degree in a reading-related discipline such as elementary education, special education, or English/ language arts are subject to special program admission requirement(s), based on the Program Director’s evaluation of the applicant’s transcript.

Program Goals

The revised M.A.Ed. in Reading Education is organized around four major standards established by the International Reading Association (IRA) for Master’s level literacy specialist. These standards reflect NC Department of Public Instruction 2009 guidelines for reading teachers and expectations set forth by NCATE. All Reading courses will reflect the four program standards in content, learning opportunities, and requirements.

The four standards are:

  • Standard 1: Reading teacher candidates have knowledge of foundations of reading.
  • Standard 2: Reading teacher candidates use a wide range of reading assessment tools and results in order to provide developmentally appropriate instruction.
  • Standard 3: Reading teacher candidates understand and apply best instructional practices and techniques in the reading process for all learners.
  • Standard 4: Reading teacher candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing competencies by integrating foundational knowledge and technology.

Reading Education Curriculum

The M.A.Ed. in Reading Education is a three-strand curriculum.

  • Strand I: Orientation, Theory, and Research
  • Strand II: Expanding Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Strand III: Influencing Literacy Instruction and Leadership

Financial Assistance

If you are concerned about funding, there may be financial assistance available. Please contact our Financial Aid Office (View Website) or access our Information on Funding for Graduate School brochure. 

There is Funding for a Master’s of Arts in Reading Education through the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education 
(TEACH) Grant (View Website) and other grants through completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (View Form)