Degree Requirements

The reading specialist (K-12) program leads to a master of science in Literacy Education and requires 33 semester hours. Endorsement requires at least three years of successful classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of reading was an important responsibility. In addition, endorsement requires passing scores on the Praxis exam for Reading Specialists (5302), which is taken at the end of the program. The program is currently undergoing revisions for the fall 2023 cohort. Contact Dr. Katie Hilden ( or attend an information session to learn more about proposed curriculum changes.

Program Requirements (33 hours)

CourseTitleCredit Hours
EDEF 606Educational Research3
EDRD 624Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs3
EDRD 630Teaching Reading in the Content Areas3
EDRD/EDSP 641Assessment and Intervention for Language Development3
EDRD 688Foundations of Literacy Education3
EDRD 692Reading Diagnosis: Assessment to Inform Instruction3
EDRD/EDSP 695Alternative Approaches to Reading3
EDRD 697Practicum: Diagnostic and Intervention in Literacy6
EDSP 669Diagnostic Educational Procedures for Exceptional Individuals3
EDUC 670Multicultural Education3

For successful completion of the graduate Literacy Education Program all candidates are required to attain a benchmark score of 162 or higher on the Praxis exam for Reading Specialists (5302). Candidates will be allowed two opportunities to successfully pass the exam. A Master's degree will not be awarded if a candidate fails to achieve the score of 162 or higher after taking the RVE a second time.