Earn Your Masters in Reading for Secondary Education Online or On-Campus
Books open up new worlds for students. Literate students are empowered to pursue their passions, meet academic targets and pursue learning experiences beyond high school. The critical importance of literacy in adolescents speaks to the essential role of the reading specialist/literacy coach in public, private and charter school settings. Grand Canyon University’s Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education prepares candidates to deliver high-quality instruction within a literacy-rich environment. Through a combination of coursework and practicum experiences, candidates examine educational best practices at the secondary level.
The master’s in reading education is offered by the College of Education. An emphasis is placed on the role of literacy in supporting secondary students as they transition to institutes of higher learning. The curriculum aligns with the standards established by the International Literacy Association.
What Can I Expect from an Online Master’s in Reading Degree?
The Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education is available through online and on-campus evening classes. The degree requires the completion of a total of 32 credits. Most online classes are six weeks in length. Students who enroll in this online degree can expect rigorous coursework that explores the development and implementation of curricula in secondary schools. Candidates will examine the following topic areas:
- Identification of reading deficiencies
- The process of learning and memory retention
- Effective communication techniques
- Corrective reading strategies
- The creation and maintenance of literacy-rich environments
- Professional leadership models in individual and collaborative learning environments
- The engagement of a diverse student population
- Reading assessment tools and related practices
In addition, candidates are required to complete the Secondary Practicum in Reading. During the practicum experience, candidates will implement literacy intervention instruction, and perform research and analysis to develop a Literacy Work Sample (LWS). Candidates are also expected to coach other teachers in instructional practices.
What Can I Do with a Master’s in Reading for Secondary Education?
The curriculum at GCU integrates the morals, ethics and principles of the Christian worldview. This academic background positions graduates to pursue employment in a private, public or charter secondary school. Graduates may also explore opportunities in these settings:
- Social service agencies
- Education welfare organizations
- Community outreach organizations
- Publication companies
A master’s in reading for secondary education will give you the knowledge and skills you need to serve as an effective teacher in 6-12 classrooms. However, you may also consider pursuing other positions, which may include the following:
- Reading tutor
- Curriculum consultant/designer
- Literacy support provider
- School or district literacy coach
- School or district level consultant
- Textbook writer
The master’s in secondary reading education requires all applicants to provide a copy of their current teaching license. Alternatively, they may submit proof of at least one year of teaching experience. In order to complete the assignments for this program, all applicants must have access to a 6-12 classroom. Some applicants may live in states that require a K-12 credential. If this is the case, you may speak with an enrollment representative to learn about your options.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.