Emphasis in Reading

The Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in reading is designed to prepare reading specialists for K-8 education. Students pursuing their degree will be eligible for the reading endorsement from the state of Iowa upon completion of the program.

The goal of the program is to prepare teachers as reading specialists who have a dynamic understanding of the reading process and who take with them a variety of resources for enhancing literacy for all learners that goes beyond the undergraduate experience. Candidates will add to their existing knowledge base by engaging in in-depth analysis of current research as well as their own individual action research.

Course Requirements

Master’s Program Core  |  13 credits
A five-course core provides a vibrant shared experience for all graduate education students. These courses focus on developing the broader perspectives needed for leadership in the profession. Understanding legal and policy issues, building leadership skills, examining cultural and ethical implications, and applying the tools of investigation are but a few of the outcomes targeted by the program’s core experiences. 

  • ED 500 Educational Policy
  • ED 505 Educational Leadership
  • ED 600 Educational Research
  • ED 601 Action Research Project
  • ED 602 Education Thesis 


Reading K-8 (with licensure option)  |   22 credits

  • ED 510 Foundations of Reading  
  • ED 515 Children’s Literature: Enhancing Instruction  
  • *ED 520 Language, Literacy and Culture
  • *ED 525 Content Area Reading and Writing  
  • *ED 530 Diagnostic Assessment of Reading & Writing  
  • *ED 535 Prescriptive Reading (with clinic)  
  • ED 540 Reading Research Seminar  

*classes required to meet minimum State requirements for Reading K-8 endorsement

Reading K-8 (without licensure option)  |  22 credits

  • ED 510 Foundations of Reading  
  • ED 515 Children’s Literature: Enhancing Instruction  
  • ED 520 Language, Literacy and Culture  
  • ED 525 Content Area Reading and Writing 
  • ED535 Prescriptive Reading (with clinic)
  • ED 540 Reading Research Seminar  

Other:

  • **ED 516 Young Adult Literacy
  • ED 545 Topics in Literacy Instruction* 
  • ED 599 Special Topics in Education* 

**Proposed as part of the Secondary Reading Endorsement

*Denotes courses with specified content changing as needed. Student may take each course more than once.