Master of Arts in Reading

Share Your Passion for Reading with Future Generations

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Become a literacy leader and advocate

The ability to read is foundational to a student's academic success. Unfortunately, many students experience stumbling blocks, like dyslexia, that prevent them from reading effectively. Help students overcome these challenges and develop a passion for reading with your master's in Reading from Webster University.

In our nationally recognized Master of Arts in Reading, accredited by the International Literacy Association (ILA), you'll learn best literacy practices, drawn from theory and research to address needs of all pre-K–12 students.

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Why Webster for your master's in Reading?

Advance your education career

With a master's in Reading, you’ll gain the tools to support excellence in teaching reading and to develop and lead reading initiatives. This program is designed for teachers from pre-K through grade 12 who:

Specialize in teaching literacy

Focus on the science of reading and structured literacy, then apply best practices to assess reading difficulties like dyslexia and to create instructional methodologies that meet learners’ needs. Through this program of study, you will develop the ability to be a leader in literacy and an advocate for all learners. In our nationally recognized program, you will:

Choose an accredited, nationally recognized program

Our MA in Reading is one of only a few of its kind nationally. It’s also the only one in Missouri accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI).

Your course list

The 33 credit hours required for the MA in Reading must include the following courses:

Core Courses
  • Advanced Studies in Language Development and Acquisition
  • Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
  • Instructional Methods for Diverse Reading Profiles, Including Dyslexia
  • Understanding Diverse Reading Profiles, Including Dyslexia

Reading Coursework (Choose 4 Classes for 12 Credit Hours)
  • Advocating for Persons with Disabilities
  • Investigations in Comprehension
  • Investigations in Word Recognition
  • Literacy Coaching
  • Literacy Strategies K–12
  • Psycho-educational Assessment

Clinical Coursework
  • Practicum in Diagnosis of Reading Problems
  • Practicum in Remediation of Reading Difficulties

Electives (Choose One)
  • Classroom and Behavioral Management
  • Language Arts Instruction in a Digital Classroom
  • Psychological Foundations of Education
  • Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • Writing Instruction

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Utilize your passion to help students succeed

Every teacher aims to be the difference in a student's life. With your MA in Reading from Webster University, you can maximize your impact and help students develop their own passion for reading to become stronger, more successful lifelong learners. By earning an MA in Reading, you may qualify for rewarding positions like:

Literacy Coach


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Special Education Teacher


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Achieve your personal and professional goals

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Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your MA in Reading.

An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your ILA-accredited MA in Reading from Webster, an independent, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In addition, all of Webster’s Education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Learn from experts

Combine theory and practice as you work alongside faculty members with professional experience in teaching reading. They serve as mentors who are willing and eager to support your career goals.

Hear from one of our recent graduates

The Master’s in Reading program has empowered me. Not only has it helped me to identify specific difficulties in reading, but it has helped me explain these difficulties to parents in a way that makes sense. We are able to build the best plan for intervention, making each precious minute purposeful and powerful.

- Katy Phillips,
MA in Reading, '21