Enable The Mind Through Reading

Reading takes time, and reading with understanding takes effort. According to the most-recent National Assessment of Educational Progress report, only 72% of high school graduates in the United States have the basic literacy skills necessary to be successful. Be part of the movement to increase literacy rates among high school graduates by earning your master’s degree in reading. Our 36-credit hour master’s program prepares you for a career in various educational settings and further graduate coursework and research. Gain greater knowledge of curriculums, instruction and literacy dynamics facing students in a dynamic global arena by earning your master’s degree in reading from A&M-Commerce.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration 1.5 to 2 years
Foreign Language Yes for MA
Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours 36 hours
Thesis Requirements Thesis is optional for MA

Reading(MA/MED/MS) :: Big easy links

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Focus Your Passion

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers four tracks for a master’s degree in reading. Discover which reading program works best for you and your career goals.

Master of Arts (MA) in Reading: Thesis Track

Is there a specific topic that you would like to investigate while producing a publication-quality paper? Then, our Master of Arts thesis track is your answer. During our 36-credit hour program, you’ll use the knowledge you gain to develop research skills and explore your chosen topic in reading. This track prepares you for further graduate work and research.

Master of Arts (MA) in Reading: Non-thesis Track

Are you interested in helping students improve their reading skills? Our Master of Arts non-thesis track allows you to develop your expertise in reading instruction. Our 36-credit hour program gives you the flexibility to investigate an interesting trend in reading development while deepening your understanding of reading’s importance for academic and career success.

Master of Science (MS) in Reading: Non-thesis Track

If the classroom is where you want to be, our 36-credit hour program allows you to work toward a Texas teacher certificate while earning your degree. Upon successfully completing the program and passing the required TExES exam, you will be eligible to teach your desired grade level (prekindergarten-grade 12). No foreign language is required for the non-thesis track.

Master of Education (MEd) in Reading: Non-thesis Track

Are you a current educator? Enhance your teaching skills with our 36-credit hour master of education track. Learn to engage your students to become master thinkers while reading class content. If you’re interested in becoming certified in all-level reading, this track is for you. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.

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Reading (MA/MED/MS):: Reading Specialist Certificate Information


Many children struggle with reading at a basic level and often need individualized instruction. You can help improve their literacy skills by becoming a licensed reading specialist. Your role includes assessing, diagnosing and instructing students in their reading and writing skills. Reading specialists work alongside K-12 educators and often provide one-on-one instruction for students struggling in their reading and writing comprehension. You’ll develop individualized plans for addressing their reading difficulties.

Available as part of the MED in Reading only. Not available with MS or MA in Reading or other masters programs.

Supplemental Certifications

Learn about specialized topics from our experienced faculty! Available courses include those that can help prepare you for supplemental certification exams. Once you hold a Texas Teaching Certificate, you may then take additional tests to add any of these supplements to your certificate.

  • Bilingual Education – Spanish
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Special Education

Note: These supplemental certificates are optional.

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What you will learn

A master’s degree in reading will offers the opportunity to:

  • Understand interrelated components of reading across all developmental stages
  • Gain expertise in reading instruction at all grade levels
  • Assess writing based on the needs and abilities of the class and individual
  • Research classroom strategies for student comprehension, development and expression
  • Learn to assess students for reading problems and enhance classroom instruction
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MA/MS/MED in Reading :: Careers


Gain the recognition you deserve by earning your master’s degree in reading. Many ISDs reward educators who pursue higher learning with salary increases and job openings. Our graduate program also opens opportunities to make a difference at the administrative level.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher
Elementary, Middle and High School Principal
Instructional Coordinator
Middle School Teacher
Postsecondary Teacher

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Potential Employers

Local ISDs often seek after our graduates. Job placement and satisfaction is ranked highly in our education program. These are just a few examples of districts where our students found employment. Now’s your chance to discover where you belong.

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MA/MS/MED in Reading :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Receive your master’s degree in reading online. Our flexible programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals and current educators. Study at your own convenience, wherever that may be!

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Graduate Program Cost


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs


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Reading :: Domestic Student Requirements


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select one of the following as your “Major”
    • Reading, MED for certified teachers
    • Reading, MS seeking initial teacher certification as part of the master’s degree
    • Reading, MA seeking initial teacher certification as part of the master’s degree
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

*Applicants for the MS/MA in Reading must also apply for the Post Baccalaureate Teacher/Alternative Certification program.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores or Teaching Certificate

You do not need to submit test scores if you have a valid teaching certificate. Email a copy of your valid teaching certificate to [email protected]

If you do not have a teaching certificate, you may submit your scores for one of the following tests:

  • PPR, ExCet or TExES
  • MS and MA applicants can submit PACT or PRAXIS scores in place of GRE scores.

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Reading :: International Student Admission Requirements

If you are an H1B or H4 applicant, please contact the Graduate School for details at [email protected].

Note: This program is not available to international students.

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