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Master of Education in Reading Education

Program Details

The Master of Education in Reading Education is a program for teachers who wish to specialize in developing and nurturing reading skills in children and young adults.  This program allows educators to learn advanced techniques and strategies that will allow their students to develop reading skills which will give them an advantage in other academic areas.  They can also explore various ways to teach children with reading and other learning difficulties.  Students can also take this program as a stepping stone for a doctoral degree.  The online format allows for currently working teachers to complete their degree around their schedule, and the program itself can be altered to allow students with busy schedules to take the program at a more leisurely pace.

The program will teach curriculum development using the Understanding by Design principles, qualitative and quantitative research in educational settings, and the organization and implementation of reading programs.  In teaching reading skills, students will learn advanced methods including current research that can affect classroom activities, research-based practices that will give teachers more strategies to influence student achievement, and other theoretical foundations for reading and writing skills.  

Students will also learn how to assess reading skills including diagnosis, screening, and monitoring processes in dealing with reading difficulties.  The program also teaches about learner exceptionalities, especially in the field of Exceptional Student Education, as well as the reading process, including historical development and cognitive foundations.  Finally, students will study the instruction of literacy development in English Language Learners which includes teaching children from a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  Students may also select two elective courses from the College of Education at the graduate level.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges