Master of Arts in Education in Reading Online

Prepare for vital roles elevating literacy instruction in your school or district with the research acumen and effective teaching methodologies gained through this AAQEP-accredited master’s program.

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Start class: 10/21/24 Apply Now

Program Overview

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Improve literacy instruction in your school with the reading MAEd online program

Enhance your understanding of the unique characteristics and instructional needs of literacy learners from diverse backgrounds with the online Master of Arts in Education in Reading program. Develop advanced knowledge of the various theories, approaches, and methods used in literacy instruction to improve fluency and comprehension among students.

Coursework for the master's degree in reading education online program empowers you to help struggling readers through diagnostic testing and the development and implementation of individualized education programs. Learn from experienced faculty who work continuously to further your professional development while you prepare for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Special Reading Teacher certification.

In this education online program, you will:

  • Identify the characteristics and needs of literacy learners at various stages of development
  • Analyze and critique past practices and current trends in literacy learning, teaching, and evaluation
  • Know and access the wide array of text types available for literacy learners
  • Consider a range of theories, approaches, methods, and techniques for learning and teaching literacy
  • Utilize the appropriate evaluation tools for remedial programs
  • Design and implement individualized instructional programs for struggling readers and writers based on assessment results
  • Apply literacy teaching skills in supervised settings
  • Understand the evolving nature of literacy learning and teaching and have strategies for dealing effectively with the change
  • Identify the characteristics and needs of literacy learners at various stages of development
  • Analyze and critique past practices and current trends in literacy learning, teaching, and evaluation
  • Know and access the wide array of text types available for literacy learners
  • Consider a range of theories, approaches, methods, and techniques for learning and teaching literacy
  • Utilize the appropriate evaluation tools for remedial programs
  • Design and implement individualized instructional programs for struggling readers and writers based on assessment results
  • Apply literacy teaching skills in supervised settings
  • Understand the evolving nature of literacy learning and teaching and have strategies for dealing effectively with the change

Career opportunities:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Literacy Coach
  • Curriculum Facilitator
  • Literacy Consultant
  • Reading Specialist
  • Literacy Coach
  • Curriculum Facilitator
  • Literacy Consultant

Also available:

Avila University offers a variety of online master’s degree programs in education. View all online education graduate programs.

$12,400 Total Tuition
As few as 10 months Duration
31 Credit Hours

Personalized learning experience

You will receive a personalized learning experience online. Faculty regularly engages in value-added comments and feedback providing the same level of instruction as if you were in person.

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Tuition

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Earn a respected master’s degree at an affordable rate

The MAEd in Reading online program tuition is the same affordable, pay-as-you-go rate for all U.S. residents. Fees are included in the total tuition, and financial aid may be available.

Tuition breakdown:

$12,400 Total Tuition
$400 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

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Familiarize yourself with these key dates and deadlines

Ideal for working professionals, the master’s in reading online features 8-week courses and multiple start dates each year so you can begin at the time that works best for you. View the full calendar for all upcoming starts and corresponding deadlines.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Fall 2 202410/21/2410/7/2410/16/2410/16/2410/20/2412/15/248 weeks
Spring 1 20251/6/251/2/251/2/251/3/251/6/253/2/258 weeks
Spring 2 20253/3/252/26/252/26/252/28/253/3/255/4/258 weeks

Now enrolling:

10/7/24 Apply Date
10/21/24 Class Starts

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Admissions

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Create an application checklist for the online master's degree in reading education

We’ve simplified the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. You can find all requirements for admission to the Avila online MAEd in Reading program below.

Admission Requirements:

  • 2.75 GPA
  • No GRE required
  • Valid, active teaching certificate

In order to be eligible to receive an MAEd in Reading from Avila University, you must have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA requirements for unconditional admission: 3.00 cumulative grade point average at the completion of the undergraduate degree
  • GPA requirements for provisional admission: 2.75 cumulative grade point average at the completion of the undergraduate degree
    • Students admitted provisionally must achieve a 3.0 GPA on the first nine (9) credits in their program of study
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended (Avila graduates do not need to obtain Avila transcripts.)
  • Valid, active teaching certificate

Submit all official transcripts to:

Email: [email protected]
Mail: Avila University
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145

Courses

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Browse the course content for the online reading MAEd program

In order to earn your online master’s degree in reading, you will complete 11 courses for a total of 31 credit hours.

Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Exploration of methods to be used in conferencing situations with an emphasis on working with parents in the development of an I.E.P. Interpreting progress. Emphasis on developing relationships with parents and families of exceptional children to increase student learning.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Instructional methods and techniques for teaching vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and visual literacy skills to ESL/EFL learners. Instructional techniques are critiqued as to their usefulness with different groups of language learners. Students will be prepared to develop the investigative, decision-making, and reflective teaching skills needed to work with English Language Learners of all ages, and to impart language instruction in the appropriate content-based context. Field-based assignment required.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A course designed to help teachers explore the wide variety of children’s and adolescent literature available for use in the classroom. The course will introduce narratives with bibliotherapeutic potential, high interest/low readability literature, literature to help young people make affective connections, literature for use in thematic studies, and literature to explore diverse cultures. Special emphasis on multicultural literature.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Second Language Acquisition is designed to focus on the theories of how humans develop language, how the development of first language differs from that of second language, and how teachers can use this knowledge to more effectively educate students who are English Language Learners within the context of the content area or grade level they teach. Field-based assignment required.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An advanced-level study of diagnostic and remedial literacy instruction. Students will investigate ways to individualize instruction for diverse students who have difficulty reading and understanding texts, review research on ways to support struggling readers, and investigate instructional strategies to promote fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, phonics/word analysis, and phonemic awareness. Students will explore special materials and evaluation tools that can be used in remedial or corrective reading programs.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An advanced-level study of readers in the 7-12 grades. Students will investigate the challenges teenage readers face with textbooks and content related readings. Students will investigate ways to individualize instruction for diverse students who have difficulty with comprehension, vocabulary, critical reading, content area reading strategies, and study skills. Special focus will be given to integrating reading instruction into language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, art, music, family and consumer science, industrial arts, vocational arts, business education, and physical education. Students will learn about the ways content area teachers and reading specialists interface to help struggling readers. Corequisite: ED 698.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will cover a variety of formal assessments of literacy skills. It will include instruction on the interpretation of individualized intelligence tests, formal diagnostic procedures related to literacy, and prescriptive-differentiated instruction based on the analysis of assessment data.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course helps students acquire the latest information available concerning the types of literacy programs used in schools and adult education situations. Students will visit different literacy programs in the area and learn about the various materials used in today’s literacy classrooms and programs. Students will become familiar with exemplary practices in literacy instruction and learn about the research base for these practices. The course will acquaint students with the various supervisory tasks and challenges associated with supervising personnel, curriculum, and record keeping for literacy programs. The course meets the capstone requirement for Literacy Education.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to teach practicing classroom teachers to conduct an individualized action research project. Students will learn the steps involved in developing an action research project, conduct the research, and share their findings as part of a culminating exercise. Must be taken at Avila University. This course is a 16-week course that may be broken out into 2 8-week sessions indicated by Part A and B. If a student fails any one part of the course, both parts must be retaken. FA,
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the opportunity for a clinical experience which places students with a reading specialist, reading coach, or reading teacher in the school setting. Students will participate in diagnostic testing of children and staffing conferences for the purpose of designing personalized remedial programs. Students will also participate in implementation of remedial programs by working with children in the classroom and in tutoring situations. This supervised clinical experience will occur under the direction of a university faculty member. This course meets the capstone requirement for the certification program in Special Reading. Prerequisite: ED 670 and ED 671.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a clinical experience which places students with a secondary reading specialist, reading coach, or school literacy leader. Students will investigate standards; engage in literacy assessment, design, and instruction; and communicate with students, parents, and other professionals regarding remedial programs for struggling secondary readers. The supervised clinical experience will occur under the direction of a university faculty member. This course meets the capstone requirement for the certification program in Special Reading. Prerequisite: ED 670. Corequisite: ED 671.

Avila University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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