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School of Education and Human Services
Reading and Language Arts

Linda Pavonetti, MAT Program Coordinator
Phone: (248) 370-4683

MAT in Reading and Language Arts


Master of Arts in Teaching Reading and Language Arts


Most students in this Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program are classroom teachers whose daily work requires them to deal with the literacy needs of young children, adolescents or adults.

Instruction in the MAT program prepares classroom teachers to work effectively and efficiently in settings where class sizes may range from five to 40 or more learners. The MAT program allows certified teachers to add a Michigan endorsement. Endorsement candidates must complete the coursework and pass the appropriate State of Michigan certification endorsement test before the endorsement can be issued by the State.

Plan of Study - Please see a sample Plan of Study showing the required courses for this program.

Admission Criteria

Applicants to the MAT degree in reading and language arts apply for admission through Graduate Admissions. Applications are accepted at any time. Applicants are notified of their status after submitting all required documents.

The department considers only those applicants who hold baccalaureate degrees from regionally accredited institutions. While an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 is the minimum standard for admission, other factors bearing on potential academic success are given due consideration. An application for admission, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts of previous academic work must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the application can be reviewed by the department.

Endorsement Options

Endorsement as a Reading Specialist (BR)

This is a K-12 endorsement area that allows the greatest flexibility within the literacy areas. To fulfill the program requirements of the endorsement, the teacher must complete the core courses in RLA as well as RDG 338, Reading and Learning in the Content Areas, and RDG 540, Leadership in Literacy Education. Teachers who hold a Reading Specialist Endorsement are considered qualified to teach Reading, Language Arts (middle school only), Title 1 Reading, Developmental Reading, and Introduction to Linguistics.

Endorsement in Teaching Reading (BT)

The Reading Teacher endorsement is fulfilled by completing the core courses in the RLA MAT. This allows the teacher to use the remaining classes to concentrate on a specific area in literacy such as writing, early reading or children’s literature. Holders of the Reading Teacher endorsements are considered highly qualified to teach Reading and Developmental Reading within the grade levels of their certificate.

Endorsement in Teaching the English Language Arts (BX)

This is normally offered as an option in the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Teaching degree. Those wishing to apply for that endorsement as part of the MAT in Reading and Language Arts must either document that they have taken an English course and a Linguistics course equivalent to ALS 176, The Humanity of Language. The Language Arts Endorsement is a K-8 endorsement that shows the holder to be highly qualified to teach the following areas:

  • K-8 Language Arts
  • English
  • Speech
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Yearbook
  • Endorsement in Early Childhood Education (ZS)

A limited number of MAT in Reading and Language Arts students will be admitted to the early childhood endorsement sequence. Candidates for admission to the certificate endorsement sequence in early childhood must first be admitted to the MAT in reading and language arts program and then apply to the early childhood program. This program can lead to two combinations of endorsement: the Early Childhood (ZS) endorsement and either the Classroom Reading Teacher (BT) or Reading Specialist (BR) endorsement.

How to Apply

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents:
Download an Application Packet 

Read through the application packet carefully and submit all other required application paperwork to the designated areas.

Complete the online graduate application by clicking the Apply Now button.

Application Type: Grad – Masters
Planned Course of Study: MAT in Reading and Language Arts