Master of Arts in Education

Special Reading w/ Certification

Tuition now reduced to


per credit hour

How to Pay
Online 31 Credits * 6 Semesters

Program Highlights & Benefits

Flexible, online format

Course schedule designed for working educators

No GRE required

This program Leads to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Special Reading Certification


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

What You Learn

The educational outcomes are designed to prepare practicing professionals with the skills necessary to demonstrate professional practice, integrate educational theory with practice, and assume leadership roles through knowledge of current educational research and practice.  Graduate education outcomes assess skills in receptive and expressive communication, thinking strategies and skills, professional dispositions, and depth and breadth of knowledge.  All course requirements are tied to the Avila Learning Outcomes, School of Education Conceptual Framework, Missouri Standards for Practicing Teachers and InTASC Core Teaching Standards.

The MAED in Special Reading is designed for the following:

Special Reading preparation.  This area of emphasis is for educators desiring to work as literacy professions, 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.  This program leads to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Special Reading Certification.

How You Learn

Majority of the courses are all online asynchronous format, with no weekly class meeting required. Classes with a field-based experience embedded may require online synchronous weekly meetings. You will finish 3-6 credit hours every 8 weeks.

Assessment: Outcomes for the Master of Arts degree in Education are assessed through signature assessments, and research action projects as indicated on course syllabi.  Alignment matrices showing assessment of outcomes in each graduate concentration are located in the School of Education Office.  Concentrations require capstone courses in which the outcomes are assessed.

Career Outcomes

The Master of Art’s degree in Education with a concentration in Special Reading is designed to prepare teachers to focus on literacy development, instruction, and assessment of students with diverse learning and literacy needs.   Students who complete the Master of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Literacy will meet the following outcomes.  Understand the characteristics and needs of literacy learners at various stages of development.  Analyze and critique past practices and current trends in literacy learning, teaching, and evaluation.  Know and access the wide array of text types available for literacy learners.  Consider a range of theories, approaches, methods, and techniques for learning and teaching literacy.  Utilize appropriate evaluation tools and remedial procedures.  Design and implement individualized instructional programs for struggling readers and writers based on assessment results. Apply literacy teaching skills in supervised settings.  Understand the evolving nature of literacy learning and teaching and have strategies for dealing effectively with the change.

Degree Requirements

ED 564Consultation, Collaboration & Family Engagement: Special Education  1
ED 562Methods of Teaching Language & Literacy   3
ED 656Advanced Literature for Youth  3
ED 661Second Language Acquisition 3
ED 670Advanced Assessment & Remediation  3
ED 671Advanced Teaching of Secondary Literacy  3
ED 673Evaluation of Abilities & Assessment 3
ED 674Supervision of Literacy Program  3
ED 689Educational Research 3
ED 697Advanced Literacy Clinical Elementary 3
ED 698Advanced Literacy Clinical Secondary 3
 Total Credit Hours:31

Students may transfer in up to 9 credit hours to fulfill elective hour requirements.