MA in Reading and Writing Education
Become a Literacy Leader
Are you interested in improving students’ reading in your classroom, school, and district? The Master of Arts in Education: Reading and Writing program may be just what you need!
The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.D.): Reading and Writing program will prepare you to serve as literacy coaches or in other leadership positions within the district. The program also helps classroom teachers who want to increase their skills as teachers of reading and writing.
- Can be completed fully from a distance. Online and Zoom courses offered.
- Receive 1-on-1 guidance from your advisor.
- Developed by practitioners for practitioners.
- Access to National Board Certified advisors.
- Receive up to 9 hours of course credit for relevant experience (e.g., NBCT, Reading Recovery Training, Orton-Gillingham Training) with our Prior Learning Assessment.
Career benefits and opportunities after earning the Literacy Specialist Endorsement P-12 include:
- Leadership roles and assignments including Literacy Coach or Specialist
- Advancement in current teaching field
- Increased pay within current school district
- Professional development, interest or enrichment
Change Your Rank
A rank change can increase your earning potential. The M.A.E.D. degree program is designed to fulfill course requirements for Rank II classification (or for Rank I classification for those with a prior master’s degree) and to fulfill the requirements for the Literacy Specialist Endorsement P-12. The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board also requires candidates to pass the Praxis Reading Specialist Exam to receive the Literacy Specialist Endorsement. If you do not take the exam you will still receive the degree and rank change.
Increase your earning potential and add value to your credentials. Our tuition rates are very affordable at $375 per credit hour.
The Kentucky Reading Project/Adolescent Literacy Project offers one 3-credit-hour tuition waiver. Student Teacher Vouchers are also available. You can receive a 6-credit-hour tuition waiver, plus a stipend, per a full semester.
The Reading and Writing Program is 30 credit hours. The program can be completed entirely online within 1.5 to 2 years. Get up to 9 hours of course credit for relevant experience (e.g., NBCT, Reading Recovery Training, Orton-Gillingham Training) with our Prior Learning Assessment.
Applications are accepted year-round. Students may begin coursework during the next term following admission.
You will need to complete the Murray State Graduate Admission application and submit an official transcript and letter of application. The minimum GPA for admission is 3.0.
Master of Arts in Education: Reading and Writing Curriculum
The program consists of 30 semester hours of graduate-level coursework with a minimum of 9 hours in professional education and a minimum of 15 hours of 600-level courses.
Program experiences include coursework in literacy foundations, teaching word study, assessment and instruction of striving readers, and leadership experiences in literacy. You will also choose from electives in areas, such as language arts and content-area reading and writing. One recent graduate, Sanda Fisher, said, "I love that the reading and writing program is so applicable to my everyday classroom teaching. The classes are practical and developed, so that I am learning how to better myself in the classroom."
Are you interested in completing the EdS after completing your MA?
We have an Ed.S. program that bridges to our Ed.D. program.
The Teacher Education and Professional Development/Elementary Ed.S program prepares you for a leadership role. Candidates who complete the program may serve as consultants or as other leadership positions within the district.
Our online degree option gives you the flexibility to earn a specialist degree around your schedule and lifestyle. A specialist degree will help you take on different roles within the district and you will definitely gain superior marketability in the field.
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