Master of Education in Reading Literacy

There is no greater gift that a teacher can give a student than the skill of reading!

Belhaven University’s Master of Education in Reading Literacy program is an online degree in reading education that offers advanced skills and specialized training for teachers who want to impact schools in the area of reading. This Master of Reading program prepares students for today's educational system where there has been a heavy emphasis on evaluating academic achievement. Teachers who enroll in the program will learn how to diagnose and assess student reading problems, as well as improve their own and other teachers’ ability to meet those needs.

This degree path is intended for those who hold a valid standard teaching license. The online curriculum prepares participants with the most knowledgeable and current practices in reading. Internships and practicum field experiences will provide an opportunity to apply classroom principles and techniques.

A master’s degree in reading can put teachers into supervisory and leadership roles in education. Many school districts use literacy coaches or reading specialists to improve instruction. Additional job possibilities include a variety of instructional settings and collegiate positions such as teaching remedial reading on the college level. This degree path is specialized and may lead to a specialist degree or a doctorate in reading.

Master of Education in Reading Literacy Online Degree Curriculum Summary

The Master of Education in Reading Literacy can be completed within two years.

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDU600 MED Orientation Seminar 0
REA608 Early Literacy Instruction 3
EDU612 Curriculum Planning and Organization 3
REA622 Teaching Reading Skills and Comprehension 3
EDU630 Diagnostic and Remedial Strategies Across the Content Areas 3
EDU610 Research Methods and Procedures 3
REA629 Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation 3
REA617 Content Area Literacy 3
Area of Emphasis
REA611 Literature and Literacy 3
REA632 Practicum in Reading 3
REA627 Middle Grade Literacy (4-8) 3
Capstone Course
EDU625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom 3
Total 33

Admission Information

Students who hold an undergraduate degree in education or have completed a teacher preparation program may apply to the Master of Education degree program with evidence of holding or being eligible to hold a Standard license in the area of emphasis for which the student is seeking degree.

  • A 2.75 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on any graduate work previously completed.
  • Provide evidence of holding a valid standard teaching license.
  • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.Ed. program must earn a 3.00 grade point average on the first nine semester hours of graduate work in order to continue in the program. Students may be asked to submit an essay or recommendations for review by the program committee.