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Master of Science in Education / Reading Specialist

Program Details

The University of New England is an innovative and established leader in the online learning community. All of our online courses offer a multi-dimensional distance learning experience using a student-centered approach, specifically designed to accommodate different learning styles and the schedules of working professionals. UNE Online’s 36-credit Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach K-12 - Master of Science in Education program can be completed in just under two years, and requires no GRE or campus visits.

The courses in this program are designed to equip you with the foundational knowledge that you need to assess students and to provide targeted literacy instruction. The program prepares you to take a leadership role in your school and district to support fellow educators in their goal of improving students’ literacy growth. Through course work that engages you in collaborative relationships around issues in literacy education, you will explore the dispositions, knowledge, and skills that literacy leaders need to be successful.

Our Master of Science in Education in Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach K-12 program prepares you to become a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach in a K-12 setting. The program is approved preparation for Literacy Specialist Certificate (092) in the State of Maine, and can lead to certification in other states with coordination from their Department of Education.Additionally, UNE Online’s Graduate Education Programs are ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings for Best Online Graduate Education Programs. UNE is one of only 25 private universities appearing in the top 100, and is one of just two Maine institutions included in the ranking.

The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Association of schools and colleges (NEASC). Accreditation by the Association indicates that the institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or its equivalent. A 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA. Employed in an educational setting or ability to access an environment in which you can apply course concepts and strategies. One year of teaching experience, minimum. Resume or CV. A teaching certificate or license – must be a current, state-issued copy. Professional goal statement.

Accreditation & Licensing

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)