Master's in Reading Education

Learn new strategies to improve your teaching with a master’s degree in reading education from TWU. This program provides the application of theory and research to the processes and practices of literacy instruction so you can feel confident as a literacy leader.

Texas Woman’s offers two master degree options in reading education: Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Education (MEd). Both are available in a blended format with classes online and on TWU’s Denton campus.

Careers & Salaries

With your master’s degree in reading education, you can become a reading specialist who:

  • Creates reading curricula that meet the needs of students of various ages
  • Serves as a mentor to improve the quality of reading instruction within a school or district
  • Advises school administrators regarding school-wide and district-wide literacy programs

Reading specialists are considered instructional coordinators, with a median salary of $62,500, according the U.S. Department of Labor.

Why Reading Education at TWU?

We offer two cohort-based graduate degree options to give you the flexibility to tailor your advanced degree to match your career goals.

The blended delivery of our MA and MEd programs in Reading provide the best of both worlds: an opportunity to build community and support as a cohort of learners while meeting on campus a few times each semester and the convenience of working online 60 percent of the time during each semester.

Our graduates are taught a variety of instructional approaches and assessments — including the use of technology — to create an environment that supports literacy learning. Graduates are lifelong learners who become literacy leaders in schools, communities and across the nation.

Our university serves as one of only 18 Reading Recovery Training Centers in the country.

All of our degree and certification programs are fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency/State Board for Educator Certification.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts (MA) in Reading Education program requires a thesis. If you are interested in pursuing your PhD in Reading Education, this is the degree for you. In this program you will take 39 credit hours, including three hours for your thesis.

Complete requirements can be found in the graduate course catalog.

As a student in the Master of Education (MEd) in Reading Education program, the capstone course includes completion of a professional learning portfolio prior to graduation. The program includes 36 credit hours. Complete program requirements are listed in the graduate school catalog.

You can complete your degree within seven semesters (2 ½ years) with continuous enrollment.

Master's Program in Reading Student Handbook

How to Apply?

Review TWU’s general requirements for graduate admission. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA in previous undergraduate and graduate courses.


  1. Apply to the TWU Graduate School. No GRE is required.
  2. Apply to the Department of Reading by sending a vita/resume and a one- to two-page narrative of your goals for pursuing a master’s degree in reading education and your proficiency with technology to Put your first and last name and Master’s Application in the subject line (SallyStudentMastersApp).
  3. Complete the TWU EPP Professional Certification Application in order to take the exam for the Texas Education Agency Reading Specialist Certificate at the end of the program of study.

For More Information

Connie Briggs, PhD
Department Chair
MCL 901-B

Reading Education Courses Offered by Semester (2016-2021)

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