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Graduate Degree Program - Literacy Education

  • Graduate Degree Program – Literacy Education 


    The Department of Literacy Education offers three different graduate degree programs:  

    Candidates preparing to become reading specialists study the components of the reading and writing processes and how children and adults develop literacy. Candidates learn diagnostic techniques and strategies that address that many different types of literacy problems struggling readers and writers may have. They learn strategies for working with all students, including special needs students and English language learners.  

    Students must satisfy the general admissions requirements for graduate study at NJCU. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA for admission to the program, and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to graduate. 

    The graduate programs in Literacy Education consist of 39 credits and a comprehensive exam or 36 credits and a thesis. For certification eligibility, there is also a requirement of two years of teaching experience. 

    Individuals who already possess a master’s degree and graduate credits in literacy education may qualify for certification-only course work. The NJ State Department of Education must review transcripts to determine eligibility for certification and identify any additional course requirements needed to quality. 

    Are you a candidate for the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) program? Learn more about obtaining a M.A. leading to Reading Specialist Certification, a M.A. in Elementary School Reading Concentration, or an M.A. in Secondary School Reading Concentration. 

    Visit the Literacy Education website for more information.