Reading Education (MA) - Classroom Clinical


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Program Description:

Young girls working on homeworkThe classroom/clinical concentration prepares classroom teachers and reading specialists to teach all aspects of reading and language arts to students with a wide range of abilities in kindergarten through grade 12.  Completion of this concentration leads to Advanced Master's teaching certification.Click here for Master of Arts in Reading Education academic department program information. Click here for the Graduate Bulletin degree program information including the program courses (find 477E major code). Applicants are encouraged to review the information on both of these web sites. 

Career Options:

Reading Specialist and/or Classroom Teacher – for K-12 teachers.

Course List:

Please click here to access the program page with planning sheet. (39 total hours) listed.

Information Unique to Distance Education Program Admission and Enrollment:

The Reading Education program accepts applications when new sessions are planned. Cohorts begin, if there is sufficient interest, in one semester, and cohort members take their classes at the same pace (typically two classes per term) until graduation.

Applications for the Forsyth and Catawba locations are accepted each fall semester. See the table below for further information, application deadlines and planned information sessions.

Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for graduate programs).  In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded.  Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants.  These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs. When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester.  If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (see contact info below).

Program Delivery Information:

Courses in the program may be entirely face-to-face, hybrid (a combination of online and face-to-face) or online.  Face-to-face courses are typically in the evenings or occasionally on Saturdays.  Online courses may have one pre-arranged face-to-face meeting.  For the hybrid or online courses, synchronous class meetings may be required as well as asynchronous coursework. 

Applicants are encourgaged to review the minimum computer requirements for online coursework.

Off-campus students who are teaching can take 6 hours (two classes) per semester, generally, in this 39-hour program and could finish in 6 to 7 semesters; up to 7 years is allowed to finish a Master of Arts program.

Proposed Cohorts*:

CountyLocationSemester StartApplication DeadlineInformation Session
CatawbaASU HickoryFall 2017July 1Contact us for more information
ForsythForsyth Technical CCFall 2017July 1Contact us for more information


Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application Fee
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended other than ASU
  • Resume (uploaded as part of the online application)
  • Three references (submitted as part of the online application)
  • Test scores are required for this graduate program (see information below)

Test Score Information:

A test score (no older than 5 years) is required from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). They are equally accepted.

Application Submission:

Click here to access Graduate School application information, requirements, and the online application for admission.

Applications must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received by the Graduate School) and ready for review by the applicable deadline. If it appears to be too late to apply, please contact the program manager to discuss options.

For information or questions related to the application process, please contact:

Program Manager
Mr. Matt Tate
Toll Free:  800-355-4084
Fax:  828-265-8673
Direct phone:  828-262-2916

Academic Coordinator - Department of Reading Education and Special Education
Dr. David Koppenhaver
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084, x 6074
Direct Phone: 828-262-6074

Major Code: 
Master's Degree Programs
Catawba, Forsyth
Tate, Matt