Program Requirements — Master of Arts in Reading Instruction

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2018-2019 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

Program Requirements

Thirty-six semester hours are required for MARI degree. Thirty semester hours involve coursework designated to develop candidates’ content knowledge and skills related to reading instruction and program leadership. The remaining six semester hours are spent in a supervised clinical experience involving assessment and instruction with struggling readers (EDU6410).

The School of Education Graduate Faculty Committee may accept a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning for application toward elective degree requirements. Transfer credit is completed prior to enrollment in the first course of the program. Graduate faculty reserve the right to decide on the applicability of all transfer credit.

All courses must be less than five years old at the time of admission and must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.  An official transcript must be provided. University policy states that a maximum of six semester hours taken as a “Student-At- Large” may be applied toward a graduate degree program.

Degree Requirements for Masters of Arts in Reading Instruction (MARI)

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. Of the 36 semester hours, six involve a supervised clinical practicum in assessment and instruction with struggling readers. The program also involves candidates in various field experiences in which they apply course content to their classroom instruction, to individual work with a struggling reader, or to developing coaching and collaboration skills.

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 in 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)