The study of reading education prepares highly qualified teachers of reading to critique and synthesize reading theory, apply diagnostic assessments, and incorporate instructional practices into curricular programs to enrich K-12 literacy experiences. The Master of Education Degree in Reading Education program prepares educators to work with struggling readers, adolescent learners, and special needs students, to respond to urban literacy issues, and to use various digital technologies to engage today's students. Graduates of this program will be prepared to take on leadership roles and positions in the area of reading education in their communities and school districts.

The Online M.Ed. in Reading Education offers full-time graduate study during 8-week sessions (6-credits summer, 6-credits fall, 6-credits spring) for a total of 36-credits to be completed in two years. The program is designed for K-12 teachers, administrators, district leaders, supervisors, Teach for America educators, charter teachers, and other educators interested in earning a graduate degree in reading education through an online format. The program is selective and limits enrollment to 20 students per year.  Students selected for the program demonstrate a commitment to the profession of education and  show promise to make positive differences in the field of reading education.

The curriculum consists of a rigorous sequence of courses framed in theoretical and practical experiences to deepen understandings of the cognitive foundations of reading, administration and analysis of reading assessments, reading disabilities, and differentiated literacy instruction. Students demonstrate proficiency during two supervised reading practicums.

Unique to the program is the use of design experiments, a research methodology that brings immediate change to practice. Across the program, students conceptualize, plan, conduct, and report formative and design experiments completed in complex educational settings to investigate literacy interventions that make differences in children's educational outcomes.

The M.Ed. in Reading Education curriculum is grounded in the Florida State Board of Education specialization requirements for certification in reading grades K-12. The program offers three levels of study:        
  1. Reading Endorsement: successful completion of the first three semesters (15-credits) qualifies students to add a reading endorsement to the State of Florida Professional Certificate;   
  2. M.Ed. in Reading Education: successful completion of the full program (36-credits) qualifies students to add the Florida Reading Certification to Professional Certificate.
  3. Per approval by program director, graduates of teacher education programs with a reading endorsement (required courses on transcripts) qualify to add a Florida Reading Certification to a Professional Certificate after successful completion of the second year of the program.
 The program begins Summer 2014. A new cohort starts the program annually in April.
 
Graduation Requirements:
1. Successful completion of required courses
2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
3. Passing score on the Reading Subject Area Specialization of the Florida Certification Exam, unless currently certified in 
    reading.
 
Admission Requirements

Refer to Graduate Programs - M.Ed. in Reading Admission in the Admission section of this catalog. 

Tuition

Fall, spring, and summer semesters - $500 (per semester hour)


 

 

 

 

 

 M.Ed. in Reading Education Requirements and Program of Study 

 


 

 

Curriculum for the M.Ed. in Reading Education program follows the sequence of courses outlined below:  

First year -

 

Summer

Code Course Credit
READ 501 Foundations of Elementary Reading Instruction 3
READ 505 Methods of Teaching Elementary Language Arts 3
Subtotal: 6

 

Fall

Code Course Credit
READ 510 Administration and Interpretation of Reading Assessment 3
READ 515 Techniques of Corrective or Remedial Reading 3
Subtotal: 6

 

Spring

Code Course Credit
READ 520 Supervised Reading Practicum I 3
READ 525 Educational Reading Research 3
Subtotal: 6

 

Second year -

Summer

Code Course Credit
READ 530 Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities 3
READ 535 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
Subtotal: 6
 

 

Fall

Code Course Credit
READ 540 Foundations of Secondary Reading Instruction 3
READ 545 Educational Measurement 3
Subtotal: 6

 

Spring

Code Course Credit
READ 550 Supervised Reading Practicum II 3
READ 555 Designing Reading Programs 3
Subtotal: 6
Total:  ​36