2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Reading M.S.Ed.

CIP: 131315

The complexities of developing approved instructional programs have brought about a demand for highly-trained specialists. This program is designed to prepare students as reading specialists (administrators and supervisors of reading programs, reading clinicians, and teachers of reading) at elementary through secondary levels. The course of study affords the opportunity for application of the learned skills in closely supervised developmental, diagnostic, and remedial reading situations.

A prerequisite for this program is a valid teaching certificate.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 on the undergraduate transcript OR an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.50 to 2.74 and a 3.0 GPA on six hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest in the major program where admission is requested.
  2. Documentation of one of the following:
  • 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE OR
  • Successful completion of another Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a 2.75 GPA OR
  • National Board Certification OR
  • Successful completion of nationally normed educational performance assessment or content assessment OR
  • 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.

Program Outcomes (linked to university outcomes)

  • Assessment and Evaluation:  Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.

  • Curriculum and Instruction:  Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.

  • Professional Learning and Leadership:  Candidates recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Missouri Reading Certification available through consultation with your advisor. 

Course Requirements

Required Courses

The two courses listed below are shared with other graduate programs in the School of Education.  Those programs are:  Educational Leadership, Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction.

EDUC 61641Data Literacy and Assessment for Schools


EDUC 61642Multicultural Education for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Subject Field Requirements

EDCI 62601Literacy-Based Assessment and Analysis


EDCI 62604A Survey of Literacy Professionals and Practices


EDCI 62612Literacy in the Elementary School


EDCI 62619Literacy in the Secondary School


EDCI 62650Graduate Elementary Literacy Practicum


EDCI 62651Graduate Secondary Literacy Practicum


EDCI 62694Literacy-Focused Academic Inquiry


EDCI 62695Literacy Capstone


Total Credit Hours: 30