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Curriculum, Reading Education (MEd)

The graduate program in reading education is guided by a conceptual framework, which emphasizes academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, and life-long learning. Students are pushed to become leading professionals in the field through the use of experiential and collaborative learning projects and practicums. 

Most students complete the program in two years. Students can also earn their reading specialist certification  through this program. Certified reading specialists are also welcome to register for courses leading to a letter of endorsement as a K–12 literacy coach. 


To qualify for the master of education degree in reading, candidates must meet the following degree requirements for a total of 30 credits within a total of six calendar years from the date of matriculation:

  • Research (3 semester hours)
  • Foundations (6 semester hours)
  • Professional Core (27 semester hours)

Sample Courses 

View a selection of courses students typically take in the master of reading program.

ED 529 The Role of the Reading Professional

A review of recent research on reading and writing and application to instructional practices is presented. The course also considers the relationship of both the reading specialist and the literacy coach to the organization of the total school program and to individual staff members. Evaluation and improvement of established reading programs are emphasized.

ED 527 Practicum for Reading Specialists

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn how to plan and implement a prescription for the remediation of an individual’s reading and writing disability. Comprehensive record-keeping procedures are used to show progress toward established goals. Each student has supervised responsibility for the remediation of disabled students.

ED 532 Literature for Children and Adolescents

This course will survey children’s and adolescent literature. The course emphasizes extensive reading and evaluation of literature appropriate for children and adolescents, developing criteria for selecting and using literature to match developmental stages, and analysis and discussion of issues in this field. Students will enhance their abilities to develop and facilitate lessons that incorporate research based best practice. These lessons develop content knowledge and reading skill development at the same time. 

For more information about courses and requirements for the MEd degree in reading, please refer to our course catalog.