Program Requirements — Master of Arts in Reading Instruction

The Master of Arts in Reading Instruction (MARI) program is designed to prepare classroom teachers to become Reading Specialists. The courses will develop your skills in assessment and tutoring with individual students, writing reports based on assessment and observation, and working collaboratively with other school personnel. The MARI program is intended for practicing certified teachers who seek to prepare themselves for positions and responsibilities as Reading Specialists or Literacy Coaches. 

You can select to complete the full degree leading to certification as a Reading Specialist or the endorsement option, leading to the Reading Teacher credential. Courses and requirements for both degree and endorsement candidates are aligned with the Reading Specialist Standards (2003) of the IRA. The Reading Specialist must successfully complete the APT (K–12) #104 Test and the Reading Specialist Content Test (#176) prior to program completion.

Reading Specialist (36 semester hours)

Full-time coursework leading to the degree consists of six semester hours per term for a total of 18 semester hours per year and 36 semester hours for the MARI degree.

  • 30 semester hours in content related to literacy
  • 6 semester hours of supervised clinical practicum involving assessment and tutoring with struggling readers

Course Requirements for Master of Arts Reading Instruction (MARI) and Reading Specialist

EDU6300  Professional Research in Literacy Learning (3)
EDU6310  Effective Word Study Instruction (3)
EDU6320  Effective Comprehensive Instruction (3)
EDU6330  Literacy in the Content Areas (3)
EDU6340  Assessment of Literacy Learning (3)
EDU6350  Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners (3)
EDU6370  Texts for Children (3)
EDU6380  Supervision and Administration in Literacy I (3)
EDU6390  Supervision and Administration in Literacy II (3)
EDU6400  Professional Research in Literacy Learning II (3)
EDU6410  Practicum in Reading (6)

Reading Endorsement (24 semester hours)

Coursework leading to the endorsement consists of 24 semester hours spread out over the course of six terms. Due to the fact that the endorsement candidates do not take all courses, there may be terms when you are not enrolled for the full 6 semester hours.

  • 18 semester hours in content classes related to literacy
  • 6 semester hours of a supervised clinical practicum involving assessment and tutoring with struggling readers

Course Requirements for the Reading Teacher Endorsement

EDU6310  Effective Word Study Instruction (3)
EDU6320  Effective Comprehensive Instruction (3)
EDU6330  Literacy in the Content Areas (3)
EDU6340  Assessment of Literacy Learning (3)
EDU6350  Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners (3)
EDU6370  Texts for Children (3)
EDU6410  Practicum in Reading (6)

Attendance Policy: All Graduate Education Programs

Attendance is mandatory at all class sessions. If a candidate is to be absent for any reason, he/she must discuss the expected absence with the course instructor before it occurs.

Academic Standards and Evaluation in Graduate Education Programs

Upon completion of each course, a letter grade is assigned to each candidate. At the graduate level, a “C” grade indicates less than complete mastery of the content and methods of the course. Only two grades of “C” are accepted at the graduate level in the MARI program and they must be balanced by two course grades of “A”. If a “C” is received within the first three courses, the candidate may be removed from the program by action of the program faculty.