Grand Canyon University

M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education

Format: Online

Program Description:

What Is a Master’s in Reading Education with an Elementary Education Emphasis?

Literacy is the foundation of learning, and all students deserve the opportunity to benefit from rich and varied reading experiences. However, many students require extra guidance from literacy specialists and interventionists. Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education, while not leading to licensure, enhances the ability of active teachers to deliver high-quality reading instruction for K-8 students. By learning best practices in teaching reading education, candidates promote fair access to literacy for diverse student populations.

This master’s in reading education is offered through the College of Education. It aligns with the standards established by the International Literacy Association. This online master’s in reading combines coursework with observational and practice-based learning experiences.
Benefits of a Curriculum-Based Online Master’s in Reading Education

The Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education enables candidates to explore best practices in supporting literacy in collaborative settings. This degree uniquely qualifies candidates to apply advanced theories in corrective reading strategies and instructional methods. Students will learn how to encourage the development and maintenance of literacy-rich environments and the integration of literacy across curricular areas.

Some of the topic areas you will study may include:

    Methods of engaging learners of diverse backgrounds and skill levels
    Planning, developing and evaluating reading curricula
    Leadership models for the promotion of literacy
    Evidence-based best practices in reading and writing processes
    Brain-based learning with neuroscience
    Effective communication strategies for young students
    Advanced assessment systems and data interpretation at the school and district levels
    The role of advocacy in literacy leadership

Reading specialist and literacy coach candidates will also complete the Elementary Practicum in Reading. This practicum requires candidates to successfully complete the following:

    Conduct research and analysis for a Literacy Work Sample (LWS).
    Design and implement literacy intervention instruction.
    Coach other teachers in best practices for student learning improvement.

What Can I Do with a Master’s Degree in Reading for Elementary Education?

A Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education can prepare you to pursue a rewarding career helping young children experience the joys of reading. Graduates can apply for work in a variety of settings, which may include the following:

    Public, private and charter schools
    Elementary and middle schools
    Education welfare organizations
    Social service agencies
    Community organizations
    Private companies

Many graduates with this academic specialization do pursue careers in the classroom as elementary teachers. However, other positions may become available. These may include:

    Private tutor
    Literacy support provider
    Curriculum specialist
    School literacy coach
    Textbook writer or consultant
    District level consultant

The master’s in reading education with an emphasis in elementary education requires all applicants to have access to a K-8 classroom in order to successfully complete the program assignments. In addition, all applicants must submit a copy of their current teaching license. Alternatively, applicants may submit documentation proving a minimum of one year of teaching experience. An enrollment representative is available to answer questions from applicants whose states require a K-12 credential. Graduates are required to obtain any necessary licenses, certifications or endorsements from the state in which they plan to teach. Visit the admissions page for more information on GCU’s admission requirements.

If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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