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M.S.Ed. Reading and Language Arts

This 30-semester hour program is designed for teachers with initial certification and satisfies the requirements for a Master of Science in Education Degree in Reading and Language Arts. In addition, to required courses, candidates must pass praxis examinations for certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There is no internship or residency requirement for the degree. Course work includes six credits in Educational Foundations and Psychology, a minimum of 18 credits in Reading and Language Arts courses, and six credits of electives. Candidates have access to computer laboratories, a multi-media center, curriculum library, a fully networked and automated reference library, onsite and remote access to online databases and electronic journals. The Reading Clinic is used as a practicum center by graduate reading candidates enrolled in the diagnostic and/or tutorial labs.

This program offers two tracks: Master's and Certification, or Certification Only. The Certification Only track is for students who do not need to complete the full Master's degree to be recommended for Pennsylvania certification, and is based on the recommendation of the Program Director. If you do plan on applying for the Certification Only track, please select the "Reading and Language- Non-Degree" option on the Admissions Application. Please note that if you enroll in six credits or more per semester, you will still be eligible for the 25% scholarship, but will not be eligible for any federal loans because this is a non-degree track.


Learn more about the program and how to become a Reading Supervisor.

Application Requirements

Along with the Online Application, the following are necessary requirements:

  • Transcripts from undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate degree must fulfill one of the criteria below:
    * A minimum overall 3.00 GPA (grade point average)
    * A minimum 3.00 GPA on the most recent 48 credits
    * A minimum overall 2.80 GPA with passing scores on the Praxis I PPST exam or the PAPA exams.

Please send all transcripts to:

School of Education Graduate Office
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282