MAED Degree 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.

Teacher earns her masters in writing/masters in reading (maed degree) by helping a child
  • 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 Outlook

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. 

Affordable Education

Graduate Programs Tuition & Fees

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 TEACH grant program provides funding of up to $4,000 per academic year for anyone enrolled in eligible programs like our Reading and Writing Master's program.

Learn more about the TEACH Grant program

Finish Faster

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.

Apply Now for your Masters in Reading MAED degree

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.

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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." 

MAED in Education curriculum



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Dr. Christina Grant

Dr. Christina Grant

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Dr. Chhanda Islam

Dr. Chhanda Islam

Program Coordinator


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