Appalachian’s 39-hour Master of Arts in Reading Education degree program offers a well-balanced program of academic and practicum experiences designed to produce graduates capable of providing quality services to the region, state and nation. Graduates of this program are regarded as well trained and are readily hired.
The program has two concentrations:
- Adult Literacy – Prepares instructors and administrators to deliver and coordinate literacy services for adults seeking to improve their reading and writing skills.
- Classroom/Clinical – Intended for classroom teachers and reading specialists. Students with this concentration are prepared to teach all aspects of reading and language arts to K-12 students. Graduates are eligible for Master (M) level teaching licensure.
This is a program that leads to licensure or certification. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at email@example.com or 828-262-7559.
Course titles and information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.
Required Entrance Exam: GRE or MAT (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
Information: Resume (required upload for application submission).
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
Admission to Reading Education: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.
- Educational settings across North Carolina and the Southeast
- Spring: on & off campus: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: on & off campus: 4/1
- Summer Session 2: on & off campus: 4/1
- Fall: on & off campus: 7/1
- This program maintains a clinical focus where students learn through direct experience in how to assist children and adults to read.
- Appalachian has long been recognized as an outstanding teacher education institution, and its reading faculty is one the largest in the southeastern United States.
- Faculty members are teacher-scholars who balance their own scholarly work in schools with graduate teaching.
- Fellowship and assistantship funds are available to assist full-time, on-campus students.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
On Campus and Hybrid
- Reading Specialist
- Curriculum Coordinator
- Classroom Teacher
- Community College Instructor
Dr. Elizabeth Frye