This college rankings article focuses on online Reading and related degrees (e.g., Literacy) at the masters graduate level (e.g., MAEd, MAT, etc.), and includes any relevant graduate/ post-master’s certificates offered by the 25 colleges listed here.
Reading is a critical skill that all Americans need as adults but which should be developed in youth. Various studies show that poor reading skills must be addressed at early elementary grade levels, else they often persist into adulthood. As such, reading — and literacy in general — is an important area of teaching. In fact, related roles such as Reading Specialist are considered “high-need” by the U.S. Dept of Education.
Careers in Reading and Literacy
Below is a partial of list of both reading/literacy-related occupations and also industries/ organizations that may be hiring graduates of an Reading or Literacy master’s degree.
- assessment coordinator
- classroom teacher
- consultant – reading/ writing
- content specialist
- curriculum specialist
- department chair
- education welfare organizations
- educator – general
- GED instructor
- instructional leader
- K-12 reading teacher
- literacy advocate
- literacy coach
- literacy support provider
- literacy teacher
- mentor – reading/ writing
- reading coach
- reading consultant
- reading coordinator
- reading program supervisor
- reading resource teacher
- reading specialist – general
- reading specialist – PreK-12
- reading supervisor
- reading teacher
- resource teacher
- school literacy coach
- schools (private, charter, public elementary, public middle)
- social service agencies
- special reading teacher
- teacher – general
Also see our rankings of online and traditional English, Writing and Journalism degrees, listed on our Rankings page.
- We use the average out-of-state tuition listed in NCES for affordability rankings of master’s programs. However, a given program’s actual costs may differ from what we list and is subject to change by the colleges in question. Check Web sites for up-to-date graduate tuition rates.
- These master’s degree rankings do not factor in fees, which can vary for online programs.
- As college accreditation can change or only be valid regionally, please verify accreditation of any college to which you are planning to apply.
- This college rankings list uses the most recently reported data at time of writing; however, NCES data is subject to change as colleges report new information.
- The Areavibes cost of living score is from Areavibes.com and represents the city/ town of the college in question. It is completely independent of each college’s on-campus housing costs.
Rankings: Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Reading Literacy
East Stroudsburg University innovation center (source)
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is a public institution originally founded as the private East Stroudsburg Normal School, a teacher prep school, in 1893. It is located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, about 75 miles roughly northwest of New York City, NY.
ESU offers three online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education in Reading (MEDR); Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certification. This MEDR is a 36-credit program consisting of eight Required courses (27cr) including 6cr Practicum, plus three coures of Special Education courses (9cr). It prepares graduates for leadership skills in reading for K-12 grade levels. The curriculum meets guidelines for the International Reading Association, and graduates of the program qualify to sit in the exam for the Pennsylvania state Reading Specialist certification.
Sample courses: Analysis of Instructional techniques in Reading ; Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy ; Organization, Implementation, and Evaluation of School Reading Programs ; Reading and Language Development for Diverse Learners ; Reading Clinic Practicum; Research Problems in Reading; Teaching Content Area Reading to Diverse Learners; Theoretical Models and Literacy Processes
Sam Houston State University (source)
Sam Houston State University is a public university established in 1879 and located in Huntsville, Texas, about 70 miles roughly north-northwest of Houston, TX. It was originally founded as Sam Houston Normal Institute and is part of the Texas State University System.
SHSU offers 28 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education (MEd) Reading/ Language Arts with Reading Specialist Certification (Texas). This MEd is a fully online, 36-credit program consisting of 12 ore courses: 10 Reading courses and two Literacy courses. It prepares graduates for increase their knowledge for instructional leadership roles in literacy, particularly reading. There are three program start dates yearly. Graduates qualify for the optional Texas Reading Specialist Certification. Certification candidates must hold a teaching certificate at the elementary or secondary level and have 2+ years teaching experience before sitting for the exam.
Sample courses: Admin/Supervision Of Literacy Programs; Cognition and Emergent Literacy; Digital Epistemologies; Improvement In Secondary School/Adult Pop; Internship In Reading Supervision; Language Arts: Theory and Instruction; Lit and Instruction Mat In Reading Programs; Prac-Lit Assessment/Instructional Strategy I, II; Second Language Literacy; Survey Of Reading; The Politics of Literacy
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University of Texas at Tyler is a public institution established in 1971 and located in Tyler, Texas, about 98 miles roughly southeast of Dallas, TX. Original name: Tyler State College.
UTT offers 18 online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education with major in Reading (MEDR). This MEDR is a 33-credit program consisting of 11 core courses (3cr each) and a 0-credit grad orientation course. Practicum requirements include a total 100 hours split between elementary and secondary experiences. As well, every course has a required field experience, with the collective spread across K to 12 grade levels. The program timeline is around 24 months and the curriculum meets the Ohio K-12 Reading Endorsement requirements.
Sample courses: Action Research for Literacy Educators; Foundations of Literacy Coaching; Issues in Teaching of Literacy Using Children’s and Adolescent Literature; Language, Literacy, and Culture; Literacy Assessment Practicum; Literacy Instruction Practicum; New and Emerging Media Literacies; Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences; Teaching Disciplinary Literacy to Adolescents; Writing Workshop
Northern Michigan University (NMU) is a public university established in 1899 and located in Marquette, MI, about 176 miles roughly north of Green Bay, WI. NMU is on the northern shore of the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan, about 265 miles roughly west of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. It awards associate’s through doctoral (professional) degrees, as well as certificates at undergrad and post-master’s levels.
NMU offers eight online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MA Education (MAED) with two Concentrations: (1) Reading K-8, (2) Reading Specialist K-12. The MAED K-8 concentration is a 34-credit program consisting of 12 course: four Foundations courses (10cr), six K-8 concentration courses (18-19 credits), two Research courses (5-11cr), plus any necessary and approved electives to reach a minimum 34 credits. In the research category, students have an option between a Thesis or a second Educational Research course (Seminar). It prepares graduates for reading teacher roles at the K-8 level, with the degree qualifying them for an endorsement in reading for the state of Michigan. The MAED K-12 concentration is a 37-credit program consisting of 13-14 courses: two Foundations courses (research and either a thesis or second research seminar) totaling 5cr; 10 K-12 concentration courses (28cr) including practicum; 1-2 Elective courses (4cr). It prepares graduates for reading specialist roles at the K-12 level, and qualifies them for an endorsement as the same, for the state of Michigan.
Sample courses: Clinical Practicum in Reading; Cultural Foundations of Education I: Historical and Philosophical Dimensions; Cultural Foundations of Education II: Social Justice and American Schools; Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Disabilities; Educational Research; Foundations of Reading Instruction; Improving Reading Comprehension Research and its Practical Implications; Learning Technologies; Literature for Young Adults; Measurement and Evaluation; Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs; Psychology of Education; Recent Children’s Literature; School and Community Relations; Seminar in Educational Research; Seminar in Elementary/Secondary Education: Reading; Special Education in the Schools; Teaching Reading in the English Classroom; The Teaching of Reading for Secondary Teachers; Trends in the Teaching of Language Arts
21: Regis University
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Regis University is a 4-year, private, non-profit university based in Denver, Colorado It was founded in 1877 as Las Vegas College and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church (Jesuit).
Regis offers 34 online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education (MEd) Reading, Non-Endorsement, plus two optional Endorsements: (1) Reading Teacher, (2) Reading Specialist.. This MEd is a 30-credit program consisting of nine Core courses (27cr) and one 3cr Capstone. It prepares graduates for educator roles in literacy instruction, including reading and is particularly intended for individuals with current teaching licenses in any state. No practicum is required, but but completion of a capstone course is required. While it is an online program, some elective courses may be offered on-campus. Students can choose between a non-endorsement track or one of the two endorsement tracks (for state of Colorado certification). Licensed educators qualify for a 10% tuition discount for Regis’ teacher education courses.
Sample courses: Capstone Project in Literacy; Emergent Literacy; Evidence-Based Reading Techniques; Literacy for Students with Special Needs; Literacy for the Diverse Learner; Organization and Management of School Literacy Programs; Reading and Writing Connections; Reading Assessment and Intervention; Reading Strategies Secondary Students; Teaching Reading and Writing
Belhaven University (source)
Belhaven University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1883 and located in Jackson, Mississippi, about 209 miles roughly south of Memphis, TN. Original name: Belhaven College for Young Ladies. Affiliation: Presbyterian Church.
BU offers 16 online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education (MEd) Reading Literacy (RL). This MEd is a 33-credit program consisting of: eight core courses (24cr) including practicums and internships: one grad orientation course (0cr); three RL emphasis courses (9cr); and one Capstone (3cr). It is designed for teachers who are looking for the skills and knowledge to contribute to improve student reading skills through diagnosis and assessment of reading problems. Candidates must hold a valid teaching license.
Sample courses: Content Area Literacy; Curriculum Planning and Organization; Diagnostic and Remedial Strategies Across the Content Areas; Early Literacy Instruction; Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom; Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation; Literature and Literacy; MED Orientation Seminar; Middle Grade Literacy (4-8); Practicum in Reading; Research Methods and Procedures; Teaching Reading Skills and Comprehension
Concordia University Wisconsin (source)
Concordia University-Wisconsin is a private, nonprofit university established in 1881 and located in Mequon, Wisconsin, about 20 miles roughly north-northeast of Milwaukee, WI. It was originally founded as Concordia College Milwaukee and is part of the Concordia College System (CCS).
CUW offers 39 online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MS Education (MSED) Literacy; Reading Teacher Certification (Wisconsin); Reading Specialist Certification (Wisconsin). This MSED is a 30-credit program consisting of four Core courses (12cr) including capstone, plus eight Reading Teacher courses (18 cr, including two 0-credit portfolio requirements). It prepares graduates for reading teacher or specialist roles at elementary, middle and secondary grade levels. Graduates of the program qualify to sit for the Reading Teacher licensure exam for Nebraska. Completion of two additional courses (3cr Literacy Internship, 0cr Portfolio III) also qualifies graduates to sit for the Reading Specialist licensure exam (Nebraska). The RT courses (18cr) can be taken independently of this MSED, by qualified students.
Sample courses: Current Topics and Research in Literacy; Curriculum Leadership; Disciplinary Literacy; Graduate Capstone Project; Improvement in Literacy Instruction; K-12 Literature; Language and Literacy Development; Literacy Assessment for Instruction; Literacy Practicum; Portfolio I, II; Supervision of Instruction
Concordia University-Nebraska (CUNE) is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1894 and located in Seward, Nebraska, about 25 miles roughly west-northwest of Lincoln, NE. It is part of the Concordia University System. Affiliation: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
CUNE offers nearly 30 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education (MEd) with Reading Specialist Emphasis; MEd with dual Emphases – Reading Specialist and ESL; Reading Specialist Endorsement. CUNE offers both a 36-credit (12-course) MEd with Reading Specialist emphasis, as well as a 51-credit (17-course), dual-emphasis option that also includes an ESL (English as a Second Language) emphasis. Both options prepare graduates for educator roles in reading and writing, with the dual-option considering the needs of students of a range of backgrounds. Courses run eight weeks in length. CUNE also offers a 36-credit (12-course) Reading Specialist Endorsement that qualifies program graduates for licensure in the state of Nebraska.
Sample courses: Contemporary Thought in Education; Creating a Case Study in Literacy; Literacy Assessment and Intervention; Preliminary Design and Processes for a Case Study; Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning; Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools; Research Evaluation and Design; Serving and Leading in Community and World; Survey of Contemporary Literature from PK-12; Teaching Writing in Grades PK-12; The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development; Word Study: Decoding, Comprehension and Fluency
Cedarville University (source)
Cedarville University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1887 and located in Cedarville, Ohio, about 26 miles roughly east of Dayton, OH. Affiliation: Baptist Church.
CU offers four online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education (MEd) with Reading Endorsement; Graduate certificate in Reading Endorsement. This MEd is a 34-credit program consisting of 10 Core courses (21cr), two Research courses including elective (5cr) and 8 credits of concentration electives (credits vary). This is for teachers who want the skills to assess and improve K-12 reading instruction. Courses are eight weeks in length, and there are both full- and part-time options. For students seeking the Reading Endorsement, its courses can be used as electives in the MEd, or taken standalone. The endorsement is 16 credits, consisting of seven courses, including three field experiences (30-40 hours). Candidates must already have a current Ohio teaching license. Graduates are eligible for a variety of license, which collectively provides the designation of a Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT).
Sample courses: Adolescent Reading: Theory and Practice; Applied Learning Theory; Applied Research Project in Curriculum, Instructional, and Personnel Development; Applied Research Project in Education; Applied Research Project in Educational Administration; Curriculum Theory: Analysis and Design; Diagnosis and Intervention in Reading; Diversity and Social Issues in Education; History and Philosophy of Education; Intervention Strategies and Techniques; Learning Theory; Linguistic and Language Development for Teachers; Literacy Issues and Trends; Models of Teaching; Program and Outcomes Assessment; Reflective Practice; Research Design; Research Thesis in Curriculum, Instructional, and Personnel Development; Research Thesis in Education; Research Thesis in Educational Administration; Statistical Reasoning in Education; Supervised Field Experience, K–3; Supervised Field Experience, Middle; Supervised Field Experience, Secondary; Technology in Education
Grand Canyon University (source)
Grand Canyon University is a for-profit university established in 1949 and located in Phoenix, Arizona, the capital of the state and part of the metropolitan area nicknamed the Valley of the Sun. It was originally founded by Arizona Southern Baptists as Grand Canyon College, a non-profit institution, but has been for-profit since Feb 2004.
GCU offers online master’s degrees in 10 topic areas. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MA Reading with two Emphasis options: (1) Elementary Education (K-8), (2) Secondary Education (6-12). The MAR requires 32 credits for either Emphasis option, with up to 12cr for transfer. Courses are approximately six weeks in length, with 10 3-credit courses and a 2cr grad orientation course. Both Elementary and Secondary emphases prepare graduates for roles as reading teachers, for the K-8 or 6-12 grade levels, respectively. The MAR aligns International Literacy Association standards for “specialists and interventionists to meet the global challenges of literacy development.” Admission requirements include one year of teaching experience and a current a current teaching license.
Sample courses: Advanced Studies in Methods for Elementary Content Reading and Writing; Advanced Studies in Methods for Secondary Content Reading and Writing; Advanced Studies in Reading Assessment Systems; Brain-Based Learning; Elementary Practicum in Reading; Foundations in Language and Literacy; Introduction to Educational Research; Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Education; Introductory Instructional Methods for Elementary Reading and Writing; Introductory Instructional Methods for Secondary Reading and Writing; Literate Environments; Professional Learning and Leadership in Literacy; Secondary Practicum in Reading; Survey of Reading Assessments
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Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a 4-year, private, non-profit university based in Marion, Indiana, about 52 miles roughly southwest of Fort Wayne, IN. It was founded in 1920 as Marion College and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. The student body represents over 80 Christian denominations.
IWU offers 30 distance master’s degrees, some of which are online. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education with major in Reading (MEDR); Ohio Teaching Certificate – Reading. This MEDR is a 33-credit program consisting of 11 required courses (3cr each) and one 0-credit grad orientation course. It prepares graduates for roles involving “an advanced understanding of the instruction and assessment of K-12 reading.” The clinical experience requirements is 100 hours total, distributed across elementary and secondary classrooms. The program takes approximately 24 months, and graduates are eligible to sit for Ohio’s K-12 Reading Endorsement licensing exam. Alternately, IWU offers a 15-credit, 5-course grad certificate (about 12 months) that also qualifies graduates to apply for the same K-12 Reading Endorsement (Ohio).
Sample courses: Fostering an Environment for Student Literacy Development; Foundations of Reading Instruction and Literacy Development; Leading Instructional Improvement; Literacy Development for Diverse Learners; Personal Attributes and Leadership; Research-Based Instructional Methods for Improving Student Reading Proficiency; Teacher Leadership in Literacy Development; The Culturally Competent Teacher Leader; The Teacher Leader As a Change Agent; The Teacher Leader in a Professional Learning Community; The Use of Formative Assessment Data in Reading Instruction
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Missouri State University (MSU) is a public university established in 1906 and located in Springfield, MO, about 216 miles roughly southwest of St. Louis, MO. It is part of the Missouri State University System.
MSUS offers 12 fully online master’s degrees and 11 graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MS Education (MSEd) with Concentration in Literacy. This MSEd is a 37-credit program consisting of 15 courses and includes a Thesis. It prepares graduates for roles as a reading teacher at K-12 grade levels. Graduates receive a Special Reading Teacher Certificate for K-12 grades, for the state of Missouri. MSUS also offers qualified BSEd students an opportunity to earn an accelerated MSEd-Literacy degree, with 12 credits of graduate literacy courses applying to both degrees.
Sample courses: Analysis and Correction of Difficulties in Literacy ; Assessment of Literacy Problems; Assessment Procedures for the Literacy Specialist ; Content Area Literacy; Curriculum Design in Literacy; Diversity Issues in Literacy and Content Area Instruction; Educational Research Methodology; Issues and Trends in Literacy Education; Problems in Literacy Education; Relationship of Language to Literacy and Intellectual Development; Remediation of Literacy Problems; Research Seminar in Literacy; Research Thesis in Literacy; Successful Classroom Communities to Enhance Student Learning; Techniques of Responsive Support in the Literacy Classroom
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Newman University (NU) is a private, nonprofit university established in 1933 and located in Wichita, Kansas, about 162 miles roughly north of Oklahoma City, OK. It was originally founded as Sacred Heart College and is affiliated with Adorers of the Blood of Christ (Roman Catholic).
NU offers two online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MS Education (MSED) with Concentration in Reading Specialist Curriculum and Instruction; Reading Specialist Licensure. This MSEd is a 33-credit program consisting of 11 courses, including a practicum. It prepares graduates to take on roles as teacher leaders in PreK-12 reading programs. Courses are eight weeks each, and the program can be completed in less than two years. Graduates of this program with suitable teaching experience qualify for the Reading Specialist licensure exam for the state of Kansas. NU also offers a Reading Specialist Licensure (Kansas) program to qualified students holding a master’s degree from another institution.
Sample courses: Accessing Literature and Informational Text; Advanced Curriculum Methods; Advanced Instructional Methods; Cultural Diversity; Knowledge and Beliefs about Reading; Leadership Coaching Techniques; Learning and Reading Strategies; Organizing a Reading Program; Reading Specialist Practicum; Reciprocal Reading and Writing Process; Research and Applications
Saint Leo University (source)
Saint Leo University is a private, nonprofit university established in 1889 and located in Saint Leo, Florida, about 34 miles roughly north-northeast of Tampa, FL. It was founded as a Catholic college (the first in Florida) by Benedictine monks and named after Pope Leo the Great, later recognized as a saint.
SLU offers 29 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MEd with Concentration in Reading (MEDR); Graduate certificate in Reading. This MEDR is a 36-credit program consisting of 12 Reading concentration courses of three credits each, including a 16-week supervised practicum. Skills and knowledge gained include the ability to assess and improve student reading and writing skills through a combination of techniques from current research, curriculum development and instructional approach, amongst others. The program qualifies graduates to earn their reading specialist certification and reading endorsement for the state of Florida. Students already holding another education master’s degree can SLU’s 18-cred Reading grad certificate, which meets the same State of Florida requirements.
Sample courses: Action Research; Current Theory and Practice in Reading; Elementary Reading Assessment and Intervention; Foundations in Reading; Language and Literacy; Leadership in the Development of Reading Programs; Literature for Children and Adolescents; Methods to Integrate Reading and Writing; Psychology of Reading; Reading in the Content Area; Secondary Literacy, Assessment, and Intervention
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Hamline University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1854 and located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, about 17 roughly east-northeast of Minneapolis, MN. Affiliation: United Methodist Church.
HU offers seven online masters degrees and a number of graduate licensure and certificate programs. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MA Literacy Education (MALEd) with K-12 Reading Additional License. This MALEd is a 34-credit (minimum) program consisting of eight required courses (24cr; 2-4 credits per course) including Capstones and Practicum, and 10 credits of Electives (varies). For students seeking to gain Reading-related skills, elective courses can be fulfilled by taking the K-12 Reading Licensure program. The latter consists of six courses totaling 15 credits, including an advanced practicum. There are four field experiences requiring a total 35 hours, distributed across elementary, secondary and high school levels. Graduates qualify to sit in the exam for Reading Teacher Test in the state of Minnesota. The K-12 Reading Licensure program credits can also be applied to Hamline’s Master of Education (MEd) degree, which is not specifically a reading/ literacy program.
Sample courses: Advanced Practicum in Reading Interventions; Advancing Secondary Readers, 7-12; Becoming Literacy Leaders; Capstone; Capstone Practicum; Critical Literacy; Developing Elementary Readers, K-6; Educational Policy and Literacy Practice; Essentials in Literacy and Learning; Foundations of Reading, K-12; Literacy Leadership and Coaching; New Literacies in the 21st-Century; Reading Assessment and Evaluation, K-12; Rethinking Literacy Across the Disciplines
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Northeastern State University (NSU) is a public university established in 1909 and located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, about 66 miles roughly southeast of Tulsa, OK.
NSU offers four online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MEd Reading (MEDR). This MEDR is a 33-plus-credit program with courses falling into four categories: (1) seven Required courses (21cr); (2) two Professional Education courses (6cr), including practicum; (3) one Enrichment course (3cr) selected from eight available electives; one Capstone experience (3cr). It prepares graduates for teaching roles in which they can assess how students read and write and take suitable action to improve their reading process. The curriculum meets the International Reading Association requires for reading teachers, consultants and supervisors, as well as Reading Specialist certification in the state of Oklahoma. (Students can apply for the state certification test after graduating from this MEDR program.
Sample courses: Advanced Development of the Young Child; Advanced Educational Measurements; Advanced Materials for Children; Advanced Materials for Young Adults; Advanced Study, Cognitive Development of Young Children; Applied Assessment; Contemporary Literacy Research; Current Trends and Research in Early Childhood; Educational Research; Emergent and Early Literacy Development; Intermediate/Middle School/High School Reading Instruction; Issues in Facilitating Literacy Development; Language Development; Literacy Assessment; Practicum in Literacy; Seminar in Early Childhood Education; Seminar: Literacy Trends and Issues; Utilization of Resources in Early Childhood
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Carson-Newman University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1851 and located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, about 29 miles northeast of Knoxville, TN. Original name: Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary. Affiliation: Baptist Church.
CNU offers five online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master’s of Education with Reading Emphasis (MEDRE). This MEDRE is a 36-credit program consisting of 12 courses including electives. No thesis is required; students can complete a research project. The program prepares graduates for roles such as a content specialist in reading and literacy at PreK-12 levels, while factoring in needs of students, including aspects such as cultural background. The degree’s accelerated option allows for the degree to be completed in five semesters. Graduates of the program who have gained 3+ years teaching experience qualify for the PreK-12 Reading License for the state of Tennessee.
Sample courses: Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems; Educational Research; Effective Home, School, and Community Relations; Emergent Literacy; Evaluation for Continuous Improvement; Evaluation of Learning; Foundations of Leadership; Integrating Research and Learning; Language and Culture; Organization and Administration of Reading Programs; Reading in the Content Area/ Working with Adolescents; Teaching Reading and Writing in the Elementary/Middle School; Techniques for Inclusion; Using Books with Children and Adolescents
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Black Hills State University (BHSU) is a public university established in 1883 and located in Spearfish, South Dakota, about 48 miles roughly northwest of Rapid City, SD.
BHSU offers five online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education (MEd) in Reading. This MEDR is a 35-credit program consisting of 13 courses, including one elective and a 1-credit practicum. The curriculum prepares graduates for educator roles where they are responsible for student literacy needs at elementary through high school levels. The program meets the reading specialist licensure requirements for South Dakota, as well as International Reading Association standards.
Sample courses: 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy; Action Research in Schools; Assessment and Correction of Elementary Reading Difficulties; Assessment and Correction of Reading Difficulties Grades 6-12; Comparative Education ; Educational Collaboration and Research Methods; Leadership in Schools ; Literacy and Cultural Diversity in Schools; Literacy and Language: Reading and Writing Instruction; Methods of Instructional Technology; Models, Methods, and Materials for Literacy Instruction ; New and Emerging Technology for Schools ; Reading Research and Theory; Seminar (IRA Standards portfolio and comprehensive examination); Teaching English as a Second Language
Park University, Mackay Hall (source)
Park University is a private, non-profit university established in 1875 and located in Parkville, Missouri – a suburb of Kansas City, MO, about 10 miles approximately northwest.
Park offers eight online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: Master of Education (MEd) in Language and Literacy, with Special Reading Teacher/Literacy Coach Track. This MEd is a 30-credit program consisting of four Core courses (12cr), including two practicums (each at different school levels), and six Required courses. The program prepares graduates for roles as literary coaches and special reading teachers. Graduates of the program are qualified to receive the Missouri Special Reading certification, but not as an initial certificate. Courses are taken one at a time, every eight weeks, with makeup options available.
Sample courses: Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties; Classroom Management Seminar; Counseling Techniques with Exceptional Children and Their Families; Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement; Language Development for the Exceptional Child; Literacy Practicum I, II; Miscue Analysis; Special Needs in the Classroom; Teaching Reading to Linguistically Diverse Learners; Theory and Practice in Literacy
Marygrove College (source)
Marygrove College is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1905 and located in Detroit, Michigan. Original name: St. Mary’s College. Affiliation: Roman Catholic Church.
MC offers six online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MA Teaching (MAT) with Elementary Reading and Literacy (ERL), K-6 Focus. This MAT consists of 10 courses – six Core courses and four specialty courses – in this case ERL. The program has two objectives: (1) guiding students to become instructional leaders; (2) developing the knowledge and skills for effective teaching of reading and literacy at the elementary school level.
Sample courses: Effective Design; Evidence-Based Interventions; Foundations of Reading and Literacy; Instructional Design; Meeting the Needs of All Students; Reading Diagnosis and Differentiated Instruction For Diverse Learners; Reading in the Content Areas; Teacher as Leader; Teacher as Researcher; The Reading and Writing Connection
Aerial view, Jackson State University (source)
Jackson State University (JSU) is a public HBCU (Historically Black College/ University) established in 1877 as Natchez Seminary. Its main campus is located in Jackson, Mississippi, about 185 miles north and slightly west of New Orleans, Louisiana, and some 240 miles southwest of Birmingham, Alabama.
JSU offers 10 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MS Reading Education (MSRE). This MSRE is a 30-credit program consisting of 10 hybrid-delivery courses — two reading research courses, and eight reading specialty courses, including a practicum. The curriculum prepares graduates to be able to determine causes of reading deficiencies in students, and to be able to suggest methods of addressing these, for reading development. Courses are eight weeks in length.
Sample courses: Foundations of Literacy; Leadership in Literacy; Methods and Materials for Teaching Elementary Reading; Psychology of Reading; Reading in the Content Area; Research Methods and Theory in Reading Instruction; Supervised Practicum in Reading I, II; Using Literature to Teach Reading Skills; Workshop: Current Problems/Issues in Reading Instruction
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Minnesota State University-Mankato is a public university established in 1868 and located in Mankato, Minnesota, about 80 miles roughly southwest of Minneapolis, MN. It was originally founded as Mankato Normal School and is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
MSUM offers 7 online master’s degrees and 15 graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MS Reading (MSR) with K-12 Reading Licensure; Graduate certificate in Reading. -This MSR is a 34-credit program consisting of 11 courses, including two practicums and thesis. One practicum is designed for community college faculty, for adult reading. Graduates of the MSR are prepared for educator roles in which they can plan and implement reading programs (classroom, school, or district-wide) primarily at K-12 levels, while also focusing on student needs in terms of culture and linguistics. The program meets the five Standards for Reading Professionals of the PSECIRA, and meets some of the requirements necessary for Minnesota K-12 reading licensure.
Sample courses: Analysis of Research in Reading ; Best Practices Across the Curriculum; Effective Reading for Content Areas; Implementing Response to Intervention ; Instructional Strategies and Remediation; Literacy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners; Practicum in Adult Reading; Preparing Students to Read ; Reading Assessment and Diagnosis ; Reading Practicum; Scholarly Writing
Spring Arbor University (source)
Spring Arbor University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1873 and located in Spring Arbor, Michigan, about 90 miles roughly west of Detroit. Original name: Spring Arbor Seminary. Affiliation: Free Methodist Church.
SAU offers ten online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MA Reading. This MAR is a 36-credit program consisting of 12 3- or 4-credit courses (including Thesis Proposal and Thesis), and one 0-credit grad orientation coures. The skills and knowledge gained include “modern literacy research, methods and instructional approaches.” The program prepares graduates for roles in K-12 literacy programs, including planning, leading and supporting them. The timeline is 24 months and no GRE/GMAT is required for admission.
Sample courses: Adolescent Literacy; Children and Young Adult Literature; Content Area Literacies; Elementary and Middle School Reading; English Language Learners; History and Psychology of Reading; Literacy Mentoring, Coaching and Leadership; Literacy Research Methods and Thesis Proposal; Literacy Research Thesis; Program Design and Analysis; Teaching Writing; Value, Ethics and Worldview
University of the Cumberlands (source)
University of the Cumberlands (UC) is a private, nonprofit university established in 1889 and located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, about 70 miles roughly north-northwest of Knoxville, TN. It was originally founded as Williamsburg Institute and is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
UC offers 16 online master’s degrees, plus concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MA Education (MAED) with Reading and Writing (Literacy) Specialist P-12 concentration. This MAED is a 30-credit program consisting of three Core courses (3cr), five Literacy specialization courses (15cr) and two Professional courses (6cr). The curriculum prepares grads with the skills to be leaders at all P-12 grade levels in reading and writing. The program does not lead to licensure. However, qualifying graduates receive a Literacy Specialist P-12 endorsement, with which they can apply for certification.
Sample courses: Curriculum Management and Assessment; Diagnosis of Reading and Writing Problems; Diversity in a Multi-Cultural Society; Literacy Leadership; Reading and Writing Foundations; Reading in the Content Areas; Research Methods in Education; Strategies for Reading Programs; Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities; Teaching Reading in the Content Areas; Writing Instruction for the Content Areas
Morningside College (source)
Morningside College is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1894 (with roots to 1738) as University of the Northwest. It is located in Sioux City, Iowa, about 101 miles roughly north-northwest of Omaha, NE. Affiliation: United Methodist Church.
MC offers five online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Reading, they offer: MA Teaching (MAT) with Reading Specialist (RS) Track (Iowa educators only). This MAT is a 36-credit program consisting of four Professional Foundation courses (9cr total) and nine RS track courses (27cr). (Up to nine credits can be transferred in.) The curriculum covers all grades K-12 and prepares graduates for teacher leader positions, particularly in the area of reading, for elementary, junior or high school levels. While only Iowa educators can take the RS track, the MAT degree is recognized in all states, based on the SARA agreement.
Sample courses: Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs; Advanced Human Growth & Development; Data Collection and Analysis; Diagnostic Teaching of Reading & Practicum; Educational Research; Interpreting and Reporting Educational Research; Issues in Education; Literacy for Grades 5-8 & Practicum; Literacy for Grades 9-12 & Practicum; Literacy for Grades K-4 & Practicum; Oral and Written Language Development; Psychology of Reading; Reading Assessment