ANNOUNCING: Masters of Reading Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department Montclair State University

Masters of Reading

Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department

Montclair State University

Dr. Erik Jacobson, Program Coordinator




Two different degrees are offered:

  • Masters of Reading (with Reading Specialist Certification)
  • Reading Specialist Certification (for students who already have a Masters)

The MA in Reading (33 credits) and the Reading Specialist Program (30 credits) prepare educators to meet present and future demands as literacy specialists.  The program emphasizes practice informed by current theory and research and provides a range of learning experiences that enhance candidates’ understanding of what it means to be an effective literacy educator.  Program graduates will be prepared to serve in a wide array of educational roles in a variety of settings.

It is expected that students will graduate with a broad and multifaceted understanding of literacy, including key developmental, cultural and sociopolitical dimensions. Students will also be able to identify and respond to important shifts in literacy practices, such as those involving the use of digital technologies. Program graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively provide literacy instruction, engage with colleagues about ways to enhance practice and advocate for the field as a whole.

Beginning in May 2017, we will be offering an Accelerated Hybrid version of the Masters of Reading (enabling students to complete the degree in 18 months).

Sample Courses


READ 500    Literacy Foundations   

READ 501    Techniques of Reading Improvement in Secondary Schools                           

READ 502    Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs                                    

READ 503    Literature for Adolescents                                                                   

READ 524    Teaching Multiethnic Literature in P-8 Classrooms                                        

READ 508    Critical Thinking and Literacy

READ 511    Case Studies of Reading Difficulties                                        

READ 513/514    Supervised Clinical Practicum

READ 505     Research Seminar in Literacy

READ 515      Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom

READ 519      Language and Early Literacy Development

Faculty Areas of Interest

Tina Jacobowitz (Department Chair)

Literacy in the content areas / Teacher dispositions for democracy / Teaching for critical thinking / Teaching an and for a democracy

Melissa Collucci         

Emergent literacy / The development and implementation of successful, authentic language arts blocks / Linguistically responsive teaching


Margaret Freedson

Early literacy development and bilingualism / literacy instruction / teacher preparation


Erik Jacobson

Adult literacy practice and instruction / Supporting adolescent writers / Literacy and technology / Content area literacy / Teaching with graphic novels and manga


Michele Knobel

New literacies and digital technologies / In-school and out-of-school literacy practices


Dierdre Paul

Teaching and learning with multiethnic children’s literature / Popular culture literacy / The Millennial morphing of the digital divide / Closing the school discipline gap


Erik Weiner

Critical literacy / Cultural studies / Critical pedagogy / Social theory


Linda Wise

Social context issues in literacy development / Teacher education


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