Developmental Reading

The University of Iowa

24 months
30838 USD/year
32424 USD/year
13476 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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.


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




35 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

    30838 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30838 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    32424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32424 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13476 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13476 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Developmental Reading
The University of Iowa