Reading and Language Arts

Pawley Hall, Room 490A
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3054

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Master of Arts in Teaching in Reading and Language Arts

Most of the students in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program are classroom teachers whose daily work requires them to deal with 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. Candidates must complete the coursework and pass the appropriate State of Michigan certification endorsement test before it can be issued by the State.

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Admissions Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching in Reading and Language Arts - Graduate Catalog

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, an application fee, 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.

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Tanya M. Christ   
460F Pawley Hall
RLA 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 5558: Disciplinary Literacy, and RDG 5640: Leadership in Literacy Instruction. Teachers who hold a Reading Specialist Endorsement are considered qualified to teach Reading, Language Arts (K-12), Title 1 Reading, and Developmental/Remedial Reading.

Endorsement in Teaching Reading (BT)
The MAT plus Classroom Reading Teacher (BT) endorsement provides the most flexibility in choice of electives. The program consists of the core courses plus two electives and RDG 6996, Master’s Practicum. Any 5000- or 6000-level course with a RDG or DLL designation preceding the course number constitutes an acceptable elective. If you choose to substitute two additional electives for RDG 6996, Master’s Practicum, this would allow four electives.

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 1101: 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
Fully online format

Students are now able to apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching Reading and Language Arts as a 100% Online Program. Out-of-state students will have the same tuition rate as in-state students. This degree can also lead to a Michigan Reading Specialist (BR) endorsement for currently certified teachers. 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.

Students can choose a three-year program, which entails taking one course during the fall semester and one course during the winter semester during their first year. Students will need to take more than one course at other times to either complete the program more quickly or within the three year period. Two summer semesters can also be integrated into the student’s program plan.

Students are advised to consult their advisor as soon as they are admitted to plan their course of study.

First Year Fully On-Line Program

  • Fall - RDG 5520: Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • Winter - RDG 5542: Teaching Writing in the Elementary & Secondary Schools
  • Fall, Winter, SU - Literature Option (first or second year)

Second Year Fully On-Line Program

  • Fall - RDG 5558: Disciplinary Literacies
  • Winter - RDG 5640: Leadership in Literacy Instruction

Third Year Fully On-Line Program

  • Fall - RDG 6962: Literacy Assessment
  • Winter - RDG 6963: Assessment Based Literacy Instruction
  • SU, F, W - RDG 6996: Master’s Research Project/Thesis (Speak with your advisor to write your project plan several semesters in advance.)

RDG 6996: Masters Research Project/Thesis can be arranged for any semester.
Students can also choose to replace the Masters Project/Thesis with two electives. Your advisor will inform you of available electives.

For additional information on online programs, visit the online learning webpage

For additional information on tuition and costs, visit the financial services webpage.