Master of Science

Reading and Language Arts

Central to Addressing Literacy Challenges.

Use your CCSU MS in Reading & Language Arts to make a difference in the lives of all students as they develop the literacy skills necessary for success inside and outside the classroom. Find inspiration to address today’s literacy challenges in one of four specializations.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August  
  • Attend full- or part-time  
  • Courses offered on-campus and online  
  • National recognition by International Literacy Association  
  • Alignment with International Dyslexia Association’s standards  
  • Financial aid is available  
  • No essay/interview required for admission 

Program Options

Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach (36 credits)

Become a reading specialist or language arts consultant/literacy coach. Receive advanced certification in Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts (102 certification), as well as in Reading & Language Arts Consultant (097certification). 

Reading Specialist (30 credits)

Become a reading specialist with the advanced certification in Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts (102 certification). 

Literacy Education (30 credits)

Enhance your reading and language arts pedagogical skills that will help you address the needs of diverse students in a classroom setting, without having to pursue advanced certifications in reading/language arts. 

Literacy & Mathematics Education (30 credits)

Enhance your pedagogy in literacy and numeracy and address the learning needs of diverse students in a classroom setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.

  • Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.

  • Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.

  • Candidates create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.

  • Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.

  • Candidates recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Did You Know?

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress only 35% of 4th-graders and 34% of 8th-graders were reading at or above proficiency in 2019.