Program Overview

The completely online M. Ed. in Reading Education with an Emphasis in New and Digital Literacies is designed for teachers who are already certified. This program may be suitable for teachers who work with students anywhere from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The information given in these courses will show existing teachers different ways to encourage reading through both printed and digital material. Students will enter this program in a cohort, which means beginning and finishing the program with the same group of approximately 20 of their peers.

There are 12 courses involved in this degree that will focus on research-based literacy instruction, research, and historical and cultural foundations. Eight of the courses are core courses, while the remaining are specialization courses. The core courses include Survey of Reading Instruction Pre-K through Grade 12, Literacy Development and Instruction in Early Childhood, and Practicum in Reading Instruction and Assessment. The four specialization courses include: Popular Culture in Literacy Classrooms K-12, Electronic Assessment in Literacy Classrooms, Computer-Based Instruction in Reading Education, and New Literacies. Students will take two courses per semester for a total of six semesters spanning the Fall, Spring, and Summer.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Those who are interested in applying to this program must already have a bachelor’s degree, 3.0 GPA, a strong GRE score, and two years teaching experience. GRE scores should be 950 or higher on combined verbal and quantitative sections OR students should have a strong Miller Analogies Test score of approximately 402. If students have less than two years teaching experience, they may still be considered for this program.

    School Overview

    The Georgia General Assembly granted a charter to the University of Georgia in 1785 making the school the “birthplace of the American system of public higher education.” The site was chosen and the college was established in 1801 conferring its first set of graduates just three years later. Based on the principles of “teaching, research, and service,” the University of Georgia houses seventeen colleges and schools and currently enrolls 34,475 undergraduate and graduate students.

    The University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, along with professional degrees in law, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The University of Georgia has recently launched UGAonline in order to expand online programs, including undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs.


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