M. Ed. Language & Literacy Special Reading


Experienced, certified teachers who wish to strengthen their skills in the areas of literacy and language development and work with students and teachers in the area of special reading.

What You Learn:

The M.Ed. in Language and Literacy with emphasis on special reading is designed with the following:

Area of Emphasis: Reading/Literacy Specialist preparation. This area of emphasis is for educators desiring to work as literacy professionals, including, but not limited to, reading/literacy specialists in various public and private settings. The degree meets the seven standards and their aligned components for reading/literacy specialists as determined by the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals (2017). This program leads to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Special Reading certification. * This certificate is not available as an initial certificate; candidates must already be certified teachers.

How You Learn:

Face-to-Face: This is a hybrid cohort program. For five nights out of each 8 week course, class will be held from 5:00 to 10:00, the same night of the week for the entire program. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years.

Online: This is an online cohort program. There are no weekly class meetings required; instead, you will log in to the online courseroom to complete assignments, participate in discussion topics, and other online activities designed by your professor. You will finish one 3 credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years with built in breaks.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will earn a Master of Education with an emphasis in Language and Literacy and be eligible for Missouri special reading certification.*

Degree Requirements:

Reading Specialist Area of Emphasis

Course Title Hours
ED 528 Theory/Practice in Literacy 3
ED 545 Teaching Reading to Linguistically Diverse Readers 3
ED 546 Advanced Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Difficulties 3
ED 547 Counseling Techniques with Exceptional Children/Families 3
ED 548 Evaluation of Abilities & Achievement 3
ED 557 Language Development for the Exceptional Child 3
ED 561 Miscue Analysis 3
ED 641 Literacy Practicum I 3
ED 651 Literacy Practicum II 3
ED 526 Classroom Management Seminar 3
  Total Hours: 30

Please Note:

Students must demonstrate completion of coursework (or the equivalent) in Psychology/Education of the Exceptional Child and Child and Adolescent Psychology as part of their bachelor’s degree program in order to meet Missouri special reading certification requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements as part of their undergraduate coursework will be required to take ED520 Special Needs in the Classroom and ED527 Growth and Development of Children and Adolescents (or the equivalent coursework from another institution) in order to be eligible for special reading certification. The above course outline is tentative and subject to change.