Reading Master's or EdS with Certification


Experienced educators with or without Florida K-12 teaching certification who want to develop expertise in the area of Literacy and Reading Instruction while earning a Master’s or Ed Specialist degree and meet requirements for the Florida Reading Certification.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • 34% Tuition Discount
  • Transferable to all states
  • Obtain your Master's degree with teachers from your area
  • Program meets the demand for highly qualified teachers of Reading 
  • No thesis required

What You Learn:

Barry’s Reading MS/EdS program meets the demand for highly-qualified teachers of reading. You will find that our graduate reading courses present evidence-based best practices for teaching and learning strategies. The Florida Reading Competencies and Skills, the International Reading Association Standards for reading educators and content area teachers, and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are reflected across the curriculum in the Reading program.

How You Learn:

This is a cohort program. During the fall and spring semesters, classes will meet two nights a week from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. During the summer session, classes meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. You will finish the program in approximately two years.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, students will earn either a Master of Science in Reading or an Educational Specialist degree in Reading and be eligible for Reading Certification from the State of Florida.


In addition to the admission requirements for a graduate degree in the School of Education, the following are special prerequisites for admission to the MS and EdS in Reading programs:

  1. Provide a copy of your current Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate (Non-certified teachers must apply for the non-certification track)
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher (EdS requires a GPA of 3.25 or higher)
  3. 9 credits of undergraduate or graduate reading courses
  4. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99, MAT or GRE required for full admission

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
EDR 601† Methodology of Research 3
EDU 535 Teaching Language Arts 3
EDU 567 Foundations of Reading 3
EDU 568 Reading in the Content Areas 3
EDU 584 Reading Assessment 3
EDU 590 Reading Intervention Practicum 3
EDU 607 Beginning Reading for Primary Grades 3
EDU 613 Methods for the Reading Resource Teacher 3
EDU 716 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation 3
EDU 717 Practicum in Reading 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

Please Note:

Courses highlighted in tan are the five graduate reading courses that meet the Florida Reading Endorsement requirements.

†Students seeking the EdS degree will enroll in EDR 708 - Directed Research in lieu of EDR 601 - Methodology of Research. Students seeking the EdS degree will enroll in EDU 739-Non-Thesis in Reading, in the last semester.

In addition to these 10 required courses, 1 course is provided for students who need additional background for the MS in Reading, certification option:

EDU 554 – Literature for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits for those who need it). Course is required by the state of Florida.

Students in Florida DOE-approved programs are responsible for complying with any changes in certification requirements made by the DOE, published or unpublished, including passing the Reading subject area exam.

MS students must take and pass the FTCE Reading exam prior to graduation.