Do you wish to become a specialist in literacy education? Do you wish to find out more about students' reading proficiency and learn how to plan more effective reading/literacy instruction?

The MAEd in reading education program is a 39-semester hour online program that may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Students in this program earn North Carolina M-Level K-12 reading licensure while exploring current reading research, assessment and diagnosis of reading difficulties, management and oversight of reading or literacy programs, and developing action research projects related to an area of personal interest. Nine semester hours of study are selected from a variety of reading and literacy related areas including library science, gifted education, digital literacy/technology integration, and teaching English as a second language. An initial teaching license is required to apply, and some individuals may need to take prerequisite courses in reading methods in order to be accepted to the program.

ECU Advantage

The MAEd in reading education program and degree will allow you to be what the International Reading Association terms an "Excellent Reading Teacher", exhibiting qualities that will set you apart in terms of knowledge and practice related to reading and writing. You will gain specific knowledge related to reading and writing development, the assessment of students' needs and strengths, how to design an effective reading program, how to tailor instruction for and coach individual students, and the technical expertise associated with the diagnosis and remediation of reading difficulties.

In addition, the MAEd in reading education program provides teachers with a substantial, current base of professional literacy knowledge that in many cases may lead them to assume positions as reading/literacy coaches in districts that fund such positions. The MAEd in reading program opens up new professional doors and opportunities.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Elizabeth Swaggerty (138 Speight Building; 252-328-4970; swaggertye@ecu.edu)

The program requires a minimum of 39 s.h. as follows:

Reading education teaching area - 24 s.h.
  • READ 6406 - Preliminary Investigations in Literacy Education
  • READ 6407 - Investigations in Literacy Education
  • READ 6418 - Reading: The Learning Bases
  • READ 6430 - Organization and Management of Reading Programs

  • READ 6421 - Clinical Procedures in the Identification and Evaluation of Reading Disabilities and
  • READ 6422 - Remediation of Reading Disabilities
  • or
  • READ 6431 - The Teaching of Basic Reading Skills to Adults and
  • READ 6432 - Internship in the Teaching of Reading to Adults
  • Select one of the following options:
      Option I. Nonthesis (9 s.h.)

      Choose 9 s.h. of approved electives from academically or intellectually gifted (AIG), adult literacy, instructional technology, library science, reading and literacy, supervision, teaching English as a second language (TESL), or a combination of related study courses.

        Option II. Thesis (9 s.h.)

        (Thesis - 6 s.h. required and 3 s.h. required from approved list of electives)

        • READ 7000 - Thesis (May count 6 s.h. toward degree)
      Final product requirement:

      A professional electronic portfolio and presentation are required.

      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Reading Teacher Education
      • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
      • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
      • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
      • Reading Teacher Education

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.