Reading Specialist


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

What You Learn:

The M.Ed. in Language and Literacy with certification degree is designed with one area of emphasis:

Area of Emphasis: 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 Literacy 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.

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 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

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 in Special Education and Child and Adolescent Psychology 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 527 Growth and Development of Children and Adolescents in order to be certified. This course outline is tentative and subject to change.