School of Education

M.A. in Education - Reading Specialist

Program Description

Please refer to the most recent GCU Graduate Catalog for updated program information.

This program is designed for M.A. candidates who wish to be reading specialists or literacy coaches. The curriculum is primarily referenced to the International Reading Association Standards and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for New Jersey certification as a Reading Specialist. A certification examination is not required.

Program Highlights

Current alums include professionals who are employed in New Jersey school districts as Reading Specialists, and a large number of classroom teachers who have completed the program to increase their knowledge of teaching literacy to better serve the students they instruct on a daily basis. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Completion of requirements for admission into the School of Education as outlined in the GCU Graduate Catalog.
  3. New Jersey Teaching Certification
  4. Two years teaching experience is required for NJ Reading Specialist Certificate, but is not required for admission to GCU’s M.A. in Education, Reading Specialist Program.

Course Sequence – 33 credits*

  • EDC5001  Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education
  • EDC5014  Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools
  • EDC5034  Introduction to Learning Disabilities
  • EDC5201  Nature of the Reading Process
  • EDC5202  Literature for Children and Youth
  • EDC5203  Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • EDC5027  Literacy for Second Language Learners
  • EDC5204  Articulation, Supervision and Evaluation of Reading Programs
  • EDC6201  Assessment and Diagnoses of Reading Problems
  • EDC6202  Research-Based Techniques for the Correction of Reading Problems
  • EDC6084  Reading Practicum


Program Advisor:  Dr. Kathleen Froriep  

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