Master of Arts in Reading (Online)

Admission Requirements

plan ii: Master of arts in Reading education for Certified Teachers

The online MA in Reading (Plan II) program is designed for outstanding educators in K-12 classrooms who are interested in expanding their knowledge of literacy research, promoting excellence in teaching, developing coaching skills, advancing their media literacy skills, and adding Reading Education to their State of Florida certificate.

Students have two options based on their background and future goals. 

First-time or transferring graduate applicants must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent;
  • A ”B” average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student working in a baccalaureate degree in a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent;
  • An earned, valid professional teaching certificate OR eligibility for professional certification through the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Education (for Plan II, certification track);
  • Exceptions to minimum requirements will be considered for applicants with National Board Certification and an outstanding professional record.

To apply for the program, students should submit the following along with a graduate application to the University of South Florida: 

  • A current resume
  • A statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of Florida Teaching Certification

plan iii: Masters of arts in reading education for non educators

The online MA in Reading (Plan III) is designed for individuals interested in non-school applications for professional literacy expertise. This option focuses on literacy in different fields and professions, focusing on the ways in which literacy is used in specialized ways. This course sequence also focuses on literacy teaching and learning in out-of-school contexts.

First-time or transferring graduate applicants must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent
  • A ”B” average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student working in a baccalaureate degree in a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent

To apply for the program, students should submit the following along with a graduate application to the University of South Florida: 

  • A current resume
  • A statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

International Student admissions

All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g., TOEFL scores, etc.).

In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts.
  • A social security number for purposes of State testing, internship and practicum.

Application Process

The application must be submitted with the FACTS Online Graduate Application. Please visit the USF Graduate Admissions website for complete admissions procedures.

Priority Application Deadlines

Domestic Students
  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: February 15
International Students
  • Fall: January 2
  • Spring: June 1
  • Summer: January 2

Note: All admissions materials including the USF graduate admissions application, student transcripts and supporting documentation must be received by July 20, 2018 to be considered for the Fall 2018 semester.