Master of Science in Education in Reading Online

Develop the expertise to cultivate students' reading skills while supporting their diverse learning styles and reading levels.

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Program Overview

Insights into our online MSEd. in Reading program

In the MSEd. in Reading online program from Northwest Missouri State University, you will learn how to best apply instructional approaches, learning materials and a comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student achievement in reading and writing.

Designed for K-12 educators, this online master’s in education program gives you the tools and resources you need to help students reach their fullest literacy potential. You will learn how to develop and implement instructional strategies, design effective assessment programs and create effective learning environments.

Also, the Missouri Special Reading Teacher Certification for K-12 is available through consultation with an advisor. Additional coursework is required beyond the graduate degree for candidates seeking this certification. Your transcripts must be evaluated to determine which courses have been completed and which courses are needed in addition to the 10 courses in the MSEd. in Reading online program. Your maximum number of credit hours depends on your evaluation.

Non-Missouri students: You should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for your state. If you are seeking Special Reading Teacher Certification, it is your responsibility to confirm the requirements for licensure in your home state as they apply to participation in an out-of-state degree program.

Graduates of this online master’s in reading program will be able to:

  • Transfer content knowledge and pedagogy into existing classroom settings to reform literacy instruction
  • Integrate a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction to improve student achievement
  • Use instructional approaches, materials and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support learning in reading and writing
  • Demonstrate the professional dispositions needed to be an effective reading and literature teacher
  • Transfer content knowledge and pedagogy into existing classroom settings to reform literacy instruction
  • Integrate a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction to improve student achievement
  • Use instructional approaches, materials and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support learning in reading and writing
  • Demonstrate the professional dispositions needed to be an effective reading and literature teacher

Teaching career opportunities include:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Teacher
  • Reading Interventionist
  • Reading Specialist
  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Teacher
  • Reading Interventionist

Accreditation:

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Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and is recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education™ (DESE) and the Higher Learning Commission.

Also available:

Northwest offers a variety of specialized online education program options. Check out our other online education programs.

Total Tuition $11,730*
Program Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 30

Accreditation:

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Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and is recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education™ (DESE) and the Higher Learning Commission.

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Tuition

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Our MSEd. in Reading online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $11,730*
Per Credit Hour $391

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Calendar

Northwest online dates and deadlines

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 26/24/246/7/246/12/246/14/246/18/248/9/24
Fall 18/26/248/12/248/15/248/19/248/21/2410/11/24
Fall 210/21/2410/7/2410/10/2410/14/2410/16/2412/6/24

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Next Apply Date: 8/12/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/26/24
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Admissions

What you need to know before applying

At Northwest, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MSEd. in Reading online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Teaching certificate, valid and in good standing

To apply for this program, you must meet these requirements:

  • Valid teaching certificate
  • An official undergraduate transcript from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 OR an official undergraduate transcript from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.50 to 2.74 with a 3.0 GPA in the first six semester hours of graduate study at Northwest in the major where admission is requested.
  • Documentation of ONE of the following:
    • Successful completion of nationally normed educational performance assessment or content assessment
    • Successful completion of another master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a 2.75 GPA
    • Department analytical writing assessment that is evaluated using a writing scoring guide based on the modified CUNY scales with a score of 4.0 or higher
    • 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE
    • National Board Certification

Official transcript(s) can be emailed to: [email protected]. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Certification Process

  • The Missouri Reading certification is available through consultation with an advisor.
  • Additional coursework is required beyond the graduate degree for candidates seeking the Special Reading K-12 certification. A student must have his/her transcripts evaluated to determine which courses have been completed and which courses will be needed in addition to the 10 courses in the reading program. The maximum number of credit hours depends on the student's evaluation.
  • Out-of-state students will need to confirm licensure transfers to their home state. As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her home state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Teaching certificate, valid and in good standing

Courses

A look at the master’s in reading program online curriculum

For the MSEd. in Reading online, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours).

**Students who have completed Volume I of LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) AND received credit from NWMSU at the time of training can request to file degree audit exception for courses EDUC 61642 and EDCI 62604. LETRS credit will only be accepted from NWMSU. In this case, students would have the remaining eight courses to complete in the MSED in Reading degree.**

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on the development of skills related to finding, evaluating, analyzing, prioritizing and integrating data sources for the improvement of student learning. Students will retrieve data, develop an action plan for improvement, and create a project demonstrating proficiency in data literacy.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students who complete this course understand and demonstrate the capability to promote the success and well-being of each student by applying the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary for equitable protocols for student support, equitable access in a least restrictive environment, responsive practices for culturally responsive teaching and leadership, and a supportive school culture that ensures each student and family is treated fairly. 27 hours field experience embedded in the course.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to inform literacy leaders of best practices in literacy-based assessment, data analysis and decision-making, and effective communication of results to multiple stakeholders.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to survey a broad range of literacy professionals to understand their instructional, curricular, and administrative roles and responsibilities in building and district-level environments. Candidates will examine literacy initiatives, programs, models, instructional strategies, and interventions and their impact on student learning.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to examine literacy methodologies, instructional approaches, and resources in the elementary grades as it relates to theory, current research, and practice.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to examine literacy methodologies, instructional approaches, and resources in the secondary grades as it relates to theory, current research, and practice.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide a literacy-based field experience with a focus learner in an elementary setting. Candidates will assess the focus learner, offer and implement instructional recommendations, evaluate learner growth, and communicate results with multiple stakeholders.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide a literacy-based field experience with a focus learner in a secondary setting. Candidates will assess the focus learner, offer and implement instructional recommendations, evaluate learner growth, and communicate results with multiple stakeholders
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to educate literacy professionals on action research, at the school and classroom-level. Candidates will write a literature review, develop research questions, identify data sources, and begin strategy/intervention implementation. **Cannot be taken at the same time as EDCI 62695.**
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to educate literacy professionals on action research at the school and classroom-level. Candidates will complete strategy/intervention implementation, analyze data, report findings, consider implications, and offer recommendations to multiple stakeholders that can be utilized to inform policy and practice to benefit student learning. **Cannot be taken at the same time as EDCI 62694.**

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Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #1 among the "Best Online Colleges in Missouri" by SR Education Group (2020)

Highly Qualified Faculty

100% of classes are taught by professionals, not graduate assistants

*Tuition and fees are based on current rates. Textbooks and laptops are not included with tuition.

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