Reading Education Accelerated Admissions (4+1) Program

student teacher with childWhat is it?

  • In the Accelerated Admissions Program, students can take up to four graduate-level courses while they are completing their undergraduate degree. When they graduate from their undergraduate programs, they immediately begin a graduate program in Reading Education. The graduate courses that were taken as undergraduates, count toward their Master's Degrees in Reading Education.
  • It is called an Accelerated Admissions Program because admission to graduate school is accelerated. Students cannot usually take graduate level courses until they complete their undergraduate degrees. In the Accelerated Admissions Program, we accelerate things and allow students to take up to four graduate-level courses while they are undergraduates. We accelerate the admissions process to graduate school by eliminating the GRE and MAT as required entrance exams.
  • Sometimes this program is called a "4+1" program. When people use this term, they are talking about a program that requires approximately four years for an undergraduate degree and approximately one additional year for a master's degree.

Who can participate in the Accelerated Admissions Program in Reading Education?

In order to be accepted into the Accelerated Admissions Program in Reading Education, you must:

  1. Be an education major pursuing an area of teaching licensure;
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above;
  3. Have completed 90 credit hours.

Why is a Master's Degree in Reading Education such a good thing?

  • A Master's Degree in Reading Education will allow teachers to teach in their initial area of licensure, but to do so with increased skill. For example:
    • If your initial area of license is elementary education, you could work in a regular elementary classroom and teach all subject areas, but you could do so with specialized expertise in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling instruction.
    • If your initial area of license is special education, you could work in a special education setting, but you would have specialized training that would allow you help students who are struggling in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling.
    • If your initial area of license is middle grades education, you could work in a middle grades classroom, but you could do so with specialized expertise in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling instruction.
  • A Master's Degree in Reading Education also qualifies a teacher for a second area of licensure. This second area of licensure allows a teacher to work as a Reading Specialist in elementary, middle, and high-school settings.
  • Additionally, the Master's Degree in Reading Education at ASU also allows student to complete the necessary coursework for an Autism Certificate. When students complete this graduate program in Reading Education, they graduate with THREE areas of expertise:
    • An undergraduate degree in Education;
    • A graduate degree in Reading Education;
    • An Autism Certificate.

Are there any other benefits to the Accelerated Admissions Program in Reading Education?

  • Three areas of expertise will make you one of the most competitive applicants on the job market.
  • The GRE and MAT tests are waived for Accelerated Admissions students. You can go to graduate school without taking these tests.
  • Tuition money can be saved by taking graduate courses when you are a full-time undergraduate student.
  • The coursework in the Accelerated Admissions Program in Reading Education will prepare students to pass the Foundations of Reading Licensure Exam on the first try!!

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