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M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Reading with an emphasis in Elementary Education program can provide teachers with an opportunity to study methods for providing quality reading instruction to students in grades K through 8. For more information about this program, read further.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Reading with an emphasis in Elementary Education

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Graduate student applicants must show proof of having completed an accredited bachelor's degree program with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Alternatively, sufficient scores on the GMAT and GRE exams may make an applicant eligible if he or she cannot meet the GPA requirements. Applicants must also provide a copy of their active teaching license or proof of one year of professional teaching experience. Access to a K-8 classroom is required as well.

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Reading with an emphasis in Elementary Education program at Grand Canyon University is designed to help teachers provide high-quality reading instruction to students in K through 8th grade. Courses in this program cover communication strategies for K-8 students, effective methods for teaching students at different skill levels and from different backgrounds, and strategies for planning and evaluating successful curricula. An elementary practicum in reading is also included in this program. Students have the opportunity to conduct research, design instruction, and coach other teachers.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

32 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Various financial aid options, including scholarships, loans, and grants, may be available for students at Grand Canyon University. Special discounts are available for high school students and military service members. For more information about how to receive financial aid, contact the university financial aid office.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education

Students in this program have the opportunity to take 32 credits of courses focused on successful methods for reading instruction at the elementary level. Because degree programs and course options are subject to change, contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in any programs.

Core Requirements (32 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Education
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Brain-Based Learning
  • Foundations in Language and Literacy
  • Survey of Reading Assessments
  • Advanced Studies in Reading Assessment Systems
  • Literate Environments
  • Professional Learning and Leadership in Literacy
  • Introductory Instructional Methods for Elementary Reading and Writing
  • Advanced Studies in Methods for Elementary Content Reading and Writing
  • Elementary Practicum in Reading

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Advanced degrees beyond the master's level allow students to specialize in additional fields related to reading education. The courses in the Master of Arts in Reading program, from educational research to reading and writing methods, could prepare students for what they may study in a doctoral program. Doctoral degree options for graduates include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Literacy
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in K-12 Leadership
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership with a specialization in Reading, Language, and Literacy

Career Paths:

Once this program has been completed, students might be interested in pursuing a role as an elementary teacher at a private or public school, a private company, social service agency, or community organization. This course of study could also prepare graduates for more advanced roles or leadership positions. Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Private tutor
  • Literacy support provider
  • Curriculum specialist
  • School literacy coach

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