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 $64,450, 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.

Admission requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the M.A. or M.Ed. in Reading Education

Program Contact

Connie Briggs, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Application Deadlines

No deadline - Rolling admission

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • No GRE required.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(YOUR FIRST NAME)-Master’s Application. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Vita/Resume
    • A one-to-two-page narrative answering the following questions:
      • What does ‘reading master’ mean to you?
      • What do you think are the greatest challenges for someone holding a Reading Specialist position?
      • What do you think current and past colleagues and employers would tell us about you as an educator?
      • Provide three examples of how you led and/or participated in collaborative activities with others (e.g., colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, parents, students?
      • Provide a statement of your proficiency with technology and what tools you find useful in your classroom.
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The MA in Reading Education prepares educator candidates for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exam (State Board for Educator Certification through the Texas Education Agency). If you are a resident of another state, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the certification exam in your home state.

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