Program Details

Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education Advanced Program for Continuing Professional Education

Offered By: College of Education
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Approx. Course Length:
Online: 6 weeks [More Info]
Total Program Credits:
32 Credits
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program

Overview

Earn Your Master of Arts in Reading Online

Prepare adolescents with the literacy skills needed for college or a future career. Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education, offered by the College of Education, aligns with the standards of the International Literacy Association and prepares specialists for the demands of student development. The rigorous curriculum serves schools and districts by providing diverse students fair access to high-quality education with a foundation in literacy.

Through observational and practice-based experiences, the MA in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education provides the application of theory and educational best practices to improve literacy in collaborative settings. Effectively deliver curriculum, instruction and assessment with a strong foundation in corrective reading strategies. It surveys a variety of assessment tools, instructional approaches and effective communication techniques for optimized learning. Candidates engage in advanced studies in secondary schools to inspire the creation of literate environments and support literacy across content areas.

You must submit a copy of your current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience to apply for this program. In addition, it is essential to have access to a 6-12 classroom to complete the program assignments. If your state requires a K-12 credential, please speak with an enrollment representative to discuss available options.

Degree Outcomes

Advance Instructional Strategies

In the Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education program, you examine the process for planning, composing and delivering an engaging and effective reading curriculum for secondary students. You also learn to identify, evaluate and assess instructional strategies using data and student achievement.

What You Will Learn

Learn Leadership Models for Promoting Literacy

In this MA in reading degree program, teacher candidates examine:

  • Curriculum planning, development and assessment and methods to engage diverse learners
  • Theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction
  • Professional learning and leadership models for promoting literacy, emphasizing positive dispositions in individual and collaborative learning environments
  • The application of brain research to classroom practice and its effect on curricular, instructional and assessment decisions

Career Outcomes

Career Options in Curriculum and Instruction

With a master's in reading at the secondary level, you may choose to pursue a career as a reading or curriculum specialist, teacher, tutor, literacy support provider and school literacy coach. You may choose to work in a variety of settings, including private, charter and public secondary and middle schools, social service agencies and education welfare organizations.

Course List

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Major:
32 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
32 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Education. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course provides teachers with an introduction to applied research in education across the major quantitative, qualitative, and action research traditions. Coursework focuses on understanding the research process and its integrated components and evaluating published research reports from the perspective of a critical consumer. Teachers explore scientific reasoning and research design.

Course Description

This course focuses on brain research (from neuroscience to the behavioral and cognitive sciences) that relates to teaching and learning and suggests ways that brain research can be translated into what teachers do in schools and classrooms. Teacher candidates will examine the inner workings of the brain and the effect on student learning, memory, and transfer. Specifically, the course explores the body of knowledge that represents the application of brain research to classroom practice, and how knowledge about the human brain can affect the curricular, instructional, and assessment decisions that teachers make every day. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

Reading specialist/Literacy coach candidates survey the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction. This survey includes an exploration of historical through current reading and writing development, processes, and components. Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates are introduced to ethical and professional roles. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates survey a variety of assessment tools and related practices. This survey prepares the reading specialist/literacy coach to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction that optimizes student learning. In addition, the reading specialist/literacy coach candidates develop effective communication techniques. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-500.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates engage in advanced studies of assessment systems to develop, select and interpret data at the building and district level. This advanced study of assessment information is used to plan and evaluate curriculum and instruction at the building and district level. In addition, the reading specialist/literacy coach candidates communicate assessment results to a variety of audiences. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-510.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-515.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates survey professional learning and leadership models for promoting literacy. emphasizing positive dispositions, individual and collaborative learning, the ability to design and evaluate professional learning experiences, the importance of advocacy, and a need for knowledge about adult learning and school leadership. From this survey, reading specialist/literacy coach candidates demonstrate and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-550.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates survey instructional approaches and materials that support student learning in reading and writing. This survey prepares the reading specialist/literacy coach candidates to design an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates engage in advanced studies of instructional approaches and materials at the building and district level that support secondary students’ learning in reading and writing across content areas. From this advanced study, the reading specialist/literacy coach candidates design an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-525.

Course Description

The practicum experience requires reading specialist/literacy coach candidates to implement literacy intervention instruction that is designed to meet the specific needs of students and engage in research and analysis to support compilation and creation of a Literacy Work Sample (LWS). In addition, the candidates coach and provide support to other teachers to think reflectively about improving student learning and implementing various instructional practices. Practicum/field experience hours: 75. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-545.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.