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MA in Reading and Literacy K-12


Program Directors

Barbara Senesac, Ph.D. 
Barbara Senesac, Ph.D.
Traverse City, MI

Xiaoping Li, Ph.D. 
Xiaoping Li, Ph.D.
Dearborn, MI

The Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development offers the Master of Arts degree in Reading and Literacy K-12 to prepare teachers as reading specialists. This program is based on the teacher education standards of the International Reading Association (IRA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Michigan State Board of Education for the Reading Specialist (BR) Endorsement. A major focus of the program is organization and implementation of school literacy programs as well as diagnosis and treatment of difficulties in literacy. Classroom practice, current issues, and focused research in literacy are stressed. Students will also develop technological and viewing skills and will infuse literacy across the curriculum.

The major objectives of the program will enable students to:

  1. Organize and implement school literacy programs
  2. Diagnose and treat difficulties in literacy
  3. Implement appropriate reading and writing instruction
  4. Develop interdisciplinary and integrated units involving literacy
  5. Conduct research about current issues of literacy 6.Develop technological skills related to literacy programs

Program Director Contact Information:

Traverse City
Dr. Barbara Senesac, Ph.D.
Campus Office: EHS 412H
Phone: (989) 774-3657

Dr. Xiaoping Li, Ph.D.
Campus Office: EHS 457
Phone: (989) 774-2581

Admission Requirements and Program of Study