Reading instruction prepares students for everyday life and for the future they envision in our society.  Our goal is to instill in teachers the importance of reading instruction to assist children to learn with a variety of methods and materials.

Our MA program prepares teachers as a Reading Specialist K-12 (Iowa Endorsement 176). The courses develop skills, knowledge and competencies needed for supervisory, curricular, and remedial teaching positions in reading, and also builds background for students who want to specialize in the area and eventually teach and/or conduct research at a college/university.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of the Developmental Reading MA program, combined with one year of successful teaching experience that includes the teaching of reading as a significant part of the responsibility, qualifies students for licensure as a Reading Specialist K-12, Iowa Endorsement 176.  Students who have completed the program continue as classroom teachers but also assume positions as curriculum directors, instructional coaches, or other positions.

Program Requirements

For a complete list of courses and requirements:

Faculty and Research

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Admissions and Application

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester—July 15 (April 15 for international students) 
  • Spring Semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students) 
  • Summer Session—April 15 (March 1 for international students) 

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • NOTE: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • Hold an early childhood, elementary, or secondary school teaching certificate
  • Evidence you have completed two years of successful teaching

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • NOTE: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • A personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

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Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application. To begin the application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password

Contact Us

Program Coordinator

Carolyn Colvin
N242 Lindquist Center


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline, 319/335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!