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Reading Specialist Program


Experienced, certified teachers who wish to strengthen their skills in the areas of literacy and language development.

What You Learn:

The M.Ed. in Literacy Education with certification degree is designed with two areas of emphasis:

Area of Emphasis 1: Special Reading Teacher Track with Reading Specialist certification. This area of emphasis is for educators desiring to work as reading specialists in various public and private settings. The degree program meets the International Reading Association’s Standards for Reading Professionals (2010 revision). This program leads to Missouri Special Reading certification. This certificate is not available as an initial certificate; candidates must already be certified teachers.

Area of Emphasis 2: English for Speakers of Other Languages Teacher Track with ESOL certification here

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.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Language and Literacy. Students who complete the Reading Specialist area of emphasis as outlined below will also be eligible for Missouri Special Reading certification.

Degree Requirements:

Reading Specialist Area of Emphasis
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
ELECTIVE [Elective will be chosen for entire cohort] 3
Total Hours: 30

Please Note:

Students must demonstrate completion of coursework in Special Education and Classroom Management as a part of their bachelor’s degree program in order to be certified. Students who do not meet this requirement will be required to take ED 520 Special Needs in the Classroom and ED 526 Classroom Management Seminar in order to be certified. This course outline is tentative and subject to change.

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