GWC is no longer accepting applicants to this program.
Literacy coaches and reading specialists help young people gain the skills necessary for becoming engaged and successful lifelong readers. Whether working with students or in a collaborative role with teachers, coaches and specialists can impact the lives of many students.
This master's degree program provides students with numerous experiences linking literacy theory to practice as they engage in activities with their students, colleagues and other school personnel. The practicum courses prepare candidates to assess and tutor struggling readers, and the leadership courses provide them with the knowledge and skills needed by literacy coaches and reading specialists who must assume leadership responsibilities.
Literacy coaches and reading specialists face many challenges as they interact daily with students, parents, teachers and school personnel; however, the chance to see a student break into a smile while reading or hear the words of gratitude from a parent are reasons to consider this highly rewarding work.
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. For more information on how to enroll a student in the program, please see the Reading Clinic page.