Reading and Reading Specialist Certification, M.A.

The 100% online Master of Arts in Reading/Reading Specialist Certification is offered through the  Department of Literacy Education. We prepare literacy specialists for careers in teaching, coaching, training, coordinating instructional programs, diagnosing and treating literacy problems, and developing curriculum. Literacy specialists may work one-on-one, in small groups, or with whole classes. They also focus on all aspects of literacy: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing.

Candidates preparing to become literacy specialists study the components of the reading and writing processes and how children and adults develop literacy. Candidates learn diagnostic techniques and strategies that address the many different types of literacy problems struggling readers and writers may have. They learn strategies for working with all students, including special needs students and English language learners.

Whatever the subject matter you teach, knowing how to improve critical thinking, develop students’ articulation of ideas, help them through difficult and new reading materials, and assisting them in writing their thoughts in a clear and interesting manner is essential to helping students succeed in your classrooms.


Applicants must satisfy the general admissions requirements for graduate study at NJCU. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA for admission to the program.

Once admitted, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to graduate.


Individuals who already possess a master's degree and graduate credits in literacy education may qualify for certification-only course work. The NJ State Department of Education must review transcripts to determine eligibility for certification and identify any additional course requirements needed to qualify. 

Note:  NJCU New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) program completers may apply up to 12 credits NPTNJ credits toward the Master of Arts / Reading Specialist Program.

The program leading to Reading Specialist Certification consists of 30 credits described below. For certification eligibility, there is also a requirement of two years of teaching experience.

Required Courses:30
LTED 637Nature Of Reading 13
LTED 641Reading and the School Curriculum 13
LTED 648Solving Reading Problems on the Elementary Level3
LTED 645Best Practices in Literacy in Middle/Secondary School3
LTED 618Pedagogy and Application of Children's Literature in the K-12 Classroom3
LTED 642Seminar in Reading:Select Topics3
LTED 667Administration and Supervision-School Reading Programs3
LTED 646Diagnostic Procedures in Reading I3
LTED 643Practicum in Reading3
LTED 612Research in Reading3
Electives (Select 3 credits from the following courses): 2
LTED 601Reading And The Multi-Media3
LTED 614Pedagogy Aspects Teaching Writing K-123
LTED 635Effective Literacy Teaching for English Language Learners3
Total Credits:30

Introductory foundation course to be taken at the onset of program studies.


 An out-of-department elective may be taken with advisor approval.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
LTED 637 Nature Of Reading 3
LTED 648 Solving Reading Problems on the Elementary Level 3
Semester 2
LTED 641 Reading and the School Curriculum 3
LTED 645 Best Practices in Literacy in Middle/Secondary School 3
Second Year
Semester 1
LTED 618 Pedagogy and Application of Children's Literature in the K-12 Classroom 3
Elective Course 3
Semester 2
LTED 667 Administration and Supervision-School Reading Programs 3
Third Year
Semester 1
LTED 646 Diagnostic Procedures in Reading I 3
LTED 612 Research in Reading 3
Semester 2
LTED 643 Practicum in Reading 3
 Total Credits30

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Reading Specialist and Reading Specialization Certification program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter they plan to teach.
  2. Demonstrate their pedagogical knowledge, integrating their understanding of their pupils’ developmental levels, individual differences, learning exceptionalities, and sociocultural backgrounds.
  3. Demonstrate effective instruction, caring behavior, and reflection to improve practice.
  4. Know and value how individuals are shaped by their life experiences as mediated by factors such as social class, gender, race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, age, and social needs. Our candidates know, value, and engage in culturally responsive teaching to promote social justice, particularly in our urban areas.
  5. Use appropriate technology in carrying out their professional responsibilities.