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Admission Requirements

  • Comply with the regular admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, which includes an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, and
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all completed graduate work.

All Applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and fee.  
  2. Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.

Departmental advisers review credentials of all candidates for admission to a master of arts in education degree program. Such review commences only upon receipt of all required information.

Application Due Dates

All MAE graduate programs in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service have rolling admissions. 

Advancement to Candidacy

To become a candidate for an advanced degree in education, students must have:

  • Regular admission status
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in graduate courses
  • A minimum one year of full-time teaching experience at the level for which the certificate was issued.
  • Have a graduate plan of study approved by their advisor. Upon admission to a master's program, the student has the responsibility to make an appointment with the adviser to develop a graduate plan of study and to forecast courses necessary for the completion of the degree. Courses intended to be used for “professional development credits” (ED 900s) cannot be included in the graduate plan of study.
  • Have a state-approved background check for working in P-12 schools.

MAE in Reading Specialist K-12 Curriculum

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Education, Leadership and Public Service department page.

Total Credits Required 37
Foundations 3
ED 500 Educational Research 3
Concentration 28
ED 462 Literature for Young Adults 3
ED 511 Trends in the Teaching of Language Arts 2
ED 517 Recent Children's Literature 2
ED 518 Seminar in Elementary/Secondary Education: Reading 3
ED 570 Foundations of Reading Instruction 4
ED 571 Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Disabilities (approved by the State of Michigan to meet the PA 32 reading requirement for professional certification) 4
ED 572 Clinical Practicum in Reading 2
ED 573 Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs 2
ED 575 Improving Reading Comprehension Research and its Practical Implications 3
ED 576 The Teaching of Reading for Secondary Teachers 3
Electives 4
Capstone 2
ED 574 Seminar in Educational Research (2 cr.) or 2
     ED 599A Thesis (2 - 8 cr.)  


Approved electives to meet the 37 credit requirement.  
   ED 504 Psychology of Education (2 cr.)  
   ED 505 Measurement and Evaluation (2 cr.)  
   ED 506 Cultural Foundations of Education I: Historical and Philosophical Dimensions (3 cr.)  
   ED 507 Cultural Foundations of Education II: Social Justice and American Schools (3 cr.)  
   ED 509 Proposal Writing (2 cr.)  
   ED 533 School and Community Relations (2 cr.)  
   ED 541A Improvement of Instruction (3 cr.)  
   ED 560 Issues and Trends in Special Education (3 cr.)  
   ED 562 Introduction to Learning Disabilities (3 cr.)  
   ED 583 Learning Technologies (2 cr.)  
   ED 585 Interest-based Literacy Teaching (3 cr.)  
   ED 595 Special Topics (3 cr.)  
   EN 511 Teaching of College-Level Reading and Writing (4 cr.)  
   Or others with adviser approval  

Graduation Requirements

Graduates must meet the master's degree requirements of the College of Graduate Studies as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin in addition to the following:

  • Complete the minimum number of credits for the degree
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Complete a graduate research project or a thesis as part of either ED 574 or ED 599. (Guidelines for the graduate research project are available in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service.)

Students may be denied admission, or they may be dismissed from a graduate program or internship/practicum in education if they demonstrate a lack of professional competence and effectiveness as an educator or fail to perform course work effectively.

Students may also be denied admission or dismissed if convicted of immoral conduct contributing to the delinquency or endangering the health and well-being of a child or of felonies that include involvement with drugs or controlled substances, pornographic materials, criminal sexual conduct, wrongful entry, larceny, embezzlement, stolen property, perjury, bribery, graft, forgery, counterfeiting, smuggling or fraud.

The departmental graduate review committee reviews the qualifications of all questionable students and may require them to undergo further examination to make a final determination.