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Developmental Reading, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
At the University of Iowa, the MA in Teaching and Learning with a focus in Developmental Reading is awarded by the Graduate College. The MA is offered with or without a thesis at The University of Iowa.
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The Master of Arts in teaching and learning with a developmental reading subprogram requires a minimum of 33 s.h. of graduate credit with thesis and a minimum of 35 s.h. of graduate credit without thesis. 

The program prepares graduate students for positions as reading specialists in kindergarten and grades 1-12. 

The master program in Developmental Reading is offered by The University of Iowa. The required course work develops the skills, knowledge, and competence needed for supervisory, curricular, and remedial teaching positions in reading. The program also builds a background in reading for students who want to specialize further in the area and eventually to teach and/or conduct research at a college or university.

Financial Support 

  • A limited number of teaching assistantships are available for graduate students. Assignments vary. Some involve supervising undergraduate majors enrolled in practicums; some involve teaching sections of undergraduate methods courses and supervising student teachers; others consist primarily of research activities. 
  • All assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must have been admitted to regular status in the Graduate College and to an advanced program in the College of Education. For information about assistantships, consult the College of Education advisor in the appropriate field.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Diversity and Exceptionalities in Literacy Instruction
  • Secondary Reading Instruction
  • Early Literacy Development and Instruction
  • Reading and Writing Across Intermediate Grades
  • Inquiry-Based Curriculum Development in Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms
  • Advanced Reading Clinic Techniques
  • Advanced Reading Clinic Practicum

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    35 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants) 
  • A personal statement
  • Evidence you have completed two years of successful teaching
  • Must hold an early childhood, elementary, or secondary school teaching license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service 
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32039 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32039 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    32039 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32039 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13094 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13094 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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