Reading Education


There is a nationwide need for effective literacy teachers. Completion of this program results in a Master of Education (MEd) degree in Reading Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement (K-12). This 37-credit hour program is designed to prepare leaders of literacy who are able to improve the reading outcomes of elementary and secondary students. The required coursework below aims to improve the knowledge, instruction, and assessment techniques of reading teachers and literacy coaches.

Candidates pursuing this program must hold a bachelor’s degree as well as a teaching license before starting the program, and must have successfully completed at least three years of full-time teaching before program completion.

The program can be completed in two years as a full-time student. Most classes are offered online and some meet in person.

ED 671* Literacy Diagnosis and Remediation I with Practicum 4sh
ED 672* Literacy Diagnosis and Remediation II with Practicum 4sh
ED 673 Child and Adolescent Literature for Educators 3sh
ED 674 Word Knowledge: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary 3sh
ED 675* Literacy Leadership with Practicum 4sh
ED 648 Literacy Instruction for ESL Students 3sh
ED 606 An Inquiry Approach to Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas 3sh
ED 624 An Inquiry Approach to Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction 3sh
ED 631 Technologies to Advance Learning 3sh
IN 630 Methods of Professional Inquiry 4sh
ED 632 Inquiry Research Project 3sh
Total Degree Credits 37sh

* These courses must be taken in the following order: ED 671, ED 672, ED 675. Furthermore, these classes have a 30-hour practicum requirement in three different settings that correspond to each course; for at least 20 hours of each practicum, the teacher candidate must show evidence of direct teaching.

Students must have completed two equivalent prerequisites prior to starting the program, or complete the following co-requisites during the program:

  1. PSYC 210 Child Psychology (3sh) or ED 601 Inquiry into the Human Growth, Development, & Diversity (3sh)
  1. ED 120 Understanding Exceptional Individuals (3sh) or ED 622 An Integrated Approach to Exceptionality (3sh)