Master of Arts (MA)


with Ohio Reading Endorsement​

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Online 30 credit hours * 2 years
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Program Overview

Based on the International Reading Association (IRA) and the Ohio Reading standards, this program is designed to help prepare Ohio educators to meet the course requirements needed for the Ohio Reading Endorsement while earning the Concordia University Chicago Reading Master’s degree. This program will enable candidates to:

  • Strengthen their foundational knowledge of reading and writing processes.
  • Apply varied instructional practices, methods, and curriculum materials to literacy instruction to meet the needs of all students especially those who are experiencing difficulty with literacy.
  • Use assessment to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction for the diverse learners in their care.
  • Create literate environments that foster literacy instruction to meet the developmental needs of all learners and collaborate with school personnel to use a variety of print and digital material.
  • Create classrooms and schools that are inclusive of diverse learners and advocate for equity at school, district and community levels.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a reflective literacy professional in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Areas of Study

Ohio Reading Endorsement Courses (15 hours)

EDU 6231Ohio Studies in Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School Reading
EDU 6228Ohio Diagnosis in Reading Instruction [prerequisite EDU 6231]
EDU 6229Ohio Remediation in Reading Instruction [prerequisite EDU 6228]
EDU 6294Ohio Practicum I in Reading Instruction [prerequisite EDU 6229]
EDU 6232Ohio Secondary Reading Instruction [prerequisite EDU 6294]

Master’s Courses (15 hours)

EDU 6200Beginning Reading Instruction
EDU 6205Foundations of Reading Instruction
EDU 6300Research in Children’s Literature
EDU 6291Roles of the Reading Specialist
EDU 6230Content Reading: Middle and Secondary


Tuition Guarantee

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $415 for the Reading Specialist Master’s program. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of the cohort. In addition, a technology fee of $15 per credit hour ($45 per 3 credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning (Concordia e-mail, Blackboard, text notifications), and a $143 graduation fee. We reserve the right to offer different tuition rates, or change the prices of other programs.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Master of Arts in Reading with Ohio Reading Endorsement Program:

  • Hold a valid Ohio Teaching License prior to entering the program
  • Must have completed the following Pre-Service (undergraduate coursework) Reading Requirements:
    • 9 credit hours for those candidates with an Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA), multi-age, or career technical license
    • 12 credit hours for all other licensed candidates
  • Must include at least one separate three semester hour course in the teaching of phonics. (Included in the 9 or 12 required prerequisite credit hours noted above; phonics requirement may be fulfilled concurrently with the first endorsement course.)
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.85 (on a 4.00 scale) and/or a Master’s Degree with at least a 3.00 GPA
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned

Once all materials are submitted and your file is complete, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.
  2. An admission decision will be reached immediately following the committee review, and you will be notified in writing within a few days.

NOTE: Admission to Concordia University Chicago depends on several factors, including: the cumulative GPA, program fit, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and an objective statement (critical writing sample). Students who do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) will not be considered for admission.

Applicants may enroll in one semester of classes as a “pending” student awaiting an admission decision. Please note that participation and enrollment in the cohort does not guarantee admission to the University. Pending students who are denied admission will not be automatically withdrawn from the class, and will not receive a tuition refund. Pending students are not eligible for financial aid, therefore, please complete the admission process and submit official transcripts by the beginning of the semester for full admission to the graduate cohort program.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter upon receipt of your application, and non-refundable $60.00 application fee (includes 1-year Associate Membership in OAESA). If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 708-209-4093
Fax: 708-209-3454

Other Contacts:
Cohort InformationGraduate Information Office800-946-9608
Payment PlanOffice of Student Business Services708-209-3237
Financial AssistanceOffice of Student Financial Planning708-209-3113
Online FAFSA formwww.fafsa.ed.gov800-4-FED AID


NOTE: Those who intend to apply for financial aid should complete the financial aid process at the same time they apply for admission. Financial aid is available to admitted students (not pending/guest status) and is not retroactive.

This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.