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Reading Instruction , AU Campus, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, IL,
The Master of Arts in Reading Instruction and Reading Endorsement programs provide experienced teachers with opportunities to link literacy theory to practice. 


The Master of Arts in Reading Instruction (MARI) program is designed to prepare classroom teachers to become Reading Specialists. The courses will develop your skills in assessment and tutoring with individual students, writing reports based on assessment and observation, and working collaboratively with other school personnel. The MARI program is intended for practicing certified teachers who seek to prepare themselves for positions and responsibilities as Reading Specialists or Literacy Coaches. 

 In the program, you will engage in activities with your colleagues, K-12 classroom students and other school personnel to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively assess and tutor struggling readers. The ISBE-required practicum, arranged by the university, will provide you with hands-on experiences, while the leadership courses embedded in the program will assist you as in assuming school- and district-wide responsibilities as a literacy coach or reading specialist.

The primary goal of the endorsement and master's program is to prepare you to gain the skills necessary to inspire engaged and successful lifelong readers. The full degree and endorsement programs are offered in a cohort format with district and regional office of education partners, where you will learn alongside peers who face similar challenges and who aspire to take on similar roles. Whether working with K-12 students or in a collaborative role with teachers, reading coaches and specialists can impact the lives of many.

The Master of Arts in Reading Instruction program operates a reading lab on campus where area school children receive assessment and tutoring. The clinic is available to students in first grade through high school experiencing reading difficulties.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Professional Research in Literacy Learning
  • Effective Word Study Instruction 
  • Effective Comprehensive Instruction 
  • Literacy in the Content Areas 
  • Assessment of Literacy Learning 
  • Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners 
  • Texts for Children 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from the last degree earned: undergraduate degree indicating a GPA of 2.75 or higher or a graduate degree indicating a GPA of 3.0 or higher, both based on a 4.0 scale.
  • A recommendation from your current building principal or direct supervisor.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      470 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 470 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National Applies to you

      470 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 470 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Aurora

    • 1120 - 1440 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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