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Enable The Mind Through Reading

Reading takes time, and reading with understanding takes effort. According to the most-recent National Assessment of Educational Progress report, only 72% of high school graduates in the United States have the basic literacy skills necessary to be successful. Be part of the movement to increase literacy rates among high school graduates by earning your master’s degree in reading. Our 36-credit hour master’s program prepares you for a career in various educational settings and further graduate coursework and research. Gain greater knowledge of curriculums, instruction and literacy dynamics facing students in a dynamic global arena by earning your master’s degree in reading from A&M-Commerce.

Where It Is Offered Online

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

Yes for MA

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis is optional for MA

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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers four tracks for a master’s degree in reading. Discover which reading program works best for you and your career goals.

Master of Arts (MA) in Reading: Thesis Track

Is there a specific topic that you would like to investigate while producing a publication-quality paper? Then, our Master of Arts thesis track is your answer. During our 36-credit hour program, you’ll use the knowledge you gain to develop research skills and explore your chosen topic in reading. This track prepares you for further graduate work and research.

Master of Arts (MA) in Reading: Non-thesis Track

Are you interested in helping students improve their reading skills? Our Master of Arts non-thesis track allows you to develop your expertise in reading instruction. Our 36-credit hour program gives you the flexibility to investigate an interesting trend in reading development while deepening your understanding of reading’s importance for academic and career success.

Master of Science (MS) in Reading: Non-thesis Track

If the classroom is where you want to be, our 36-credit hour program allows you to work toward a Texas teacher certificate while earning your degree. Upon successfully completing the program and passing the required TExES exam, you will be eligible to teach your desired grade level (prekindergarten-grade 12). No foreign language is required for the non-thesis track.

Master of Education (MEd) in Reading: Non-thesis Track

Are you a current educator? Enhance your teaching skills with our 36-credit hour master of education track. Learn to engage your students to become master thinkers while reading class content. If you’re interested in becoming certified in all-level reading, this track is for you. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.

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Reading (MA/MED/MS):: Reading Specialist Certificate Information


Many children struggle with reading at a basic level and often need individualized instruction. You can help improve their literacy skills by becoming a licensed reading specialist. Your role includes assessing, diagnosing and instructing students in their reading and writing skills. Reading specialists work alongside K-12 educators and often provide one-on-one instruction for students struggling in their reading and writing comprehension. You’ll develop individualized plans for addressing their reading difficulties.

Master Reading TEacher CERTIFICATE

As part of the master’s degree in reading program, you can earn your Master Reading Teacher certification. Specific courses you’ll need to take include RDG 520, RDG 521 and RDG 523. In addition, you will need to complete and document 160 hours of observation/clinical experience. You must have a Texas provisional or standard teaching certificate, at least 3 years’ teaching experience and you must pass the state certification exam (TExES) for this graduate certificate.

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What you will learn

A master’s degree in reading will offers the opportunity to:

  • Understand interrelated components of reading across all developmental stages
  • Gain expertise in reading instruction at all grade levels
  • Assess writing based on the needs and abilities of the class and individual
  • Research classroom strategies for student comprehension, development and expression
  • Learn to assess students for reading problems and enhance classroom instruction
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MA/MS/MED in Reading :: Careers


Gain the recognition you deserve by earning your master’s degree in reading. Many ISDs reward educators who pursue higher learning with salary increases and job openings. Our graduate program also opens opportunities to make a difference at the administrative level.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher
Elementary, Middle and High School Principal
Instructional Coordinator
Middle School Teacher
Postsecondary Teacher

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Potential Employers

Local ISDs often seek after our graduates. Job placement and satisfaction is ranked highly in our education program. These are just a few examples of districts where our students found employment. Now’s your chance to discover where you belong.

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Featured Courses

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MA/MS/MED in Reading :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Receive your master’s degree in reading online. Our flexible programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals and current educators. Study at your own convenience, wherever that may be!

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Graduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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Reading :: Domestic Student Requirements

Admission Requirements

Required Documents for Domestic Students

If you are an H1B or H4 applicant, please contact the Graduate School for details at [email protected].

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee: $50
  • All official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable)

  • One of the following:
    • Valid teaching certificate
    • Passing PPR, ExCet or TExES scores
    • Official General Test GRE scores

Application Packet Submission Deadline

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.
Note: This program is not available to international students.

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