Program Overview

The Master of Science in Reading at Minnesota State University-Mankato gives students the chance to enhance their reading education skills.  This program is ideal for current teachers, administrators, and other individuals who are interested in the latest knowledge in reading instruction for K-12 students.  Students will learn to plan, implement, and assess reading programs that are effective and engaging for any class.  This program also focuses on the different cultural and linguistic needs teachers will encounter in a modern classroom as well as the importance of assessment and content area reading.  Those who do not already possess a license for Minnesota K-12 will fulfill some of the requirements with this program.  

Because of the online format, current teachers can complete their degree on their own schedule, though students should meet with their advisor to plan a course of study.  Graduates will be eligible to meet the Standards for Reading Professionals as set by the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee of the International Reading Association.  These standards include foundational knowledge, instructional strategies and curriculum materials, assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation, creating a literate environment, and professional development.  Topics in the program include instructional strategies and remediation, effective reading for content areas, analysis of research in reading, and scholarly writing.  Students can also take electives in the writing department or other areas with the approval of their advisor.  Courses use traditional textbooks, videos, discussion forms, quizzes, and application assignments, and students will work directly with pupils at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels throughout the program.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 

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