Master of Education

Master of Education Reading Concentration

Raise your profile with the School of Education & Social Science's fully online Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration Reading.

This program is designed for certified teachers who want to develop advanced skills in literacy instruction, and earn their State of Florida reading certification. Our students find success as certified reading teachers and specialist in school districts throughout Florida and outside of the state, due to reciprocity agreements the Florida Department of Education holds with other states.

You’ll learn how to implement an integrated language arts program, assess literacy levels and apply current research and instructional approaches to improve students’ reading and writing skills.

In the 36 credit-hour M.Ed. Reading program, you will hone your teaching skills in reading and writing instruction through studying:

  • Curriculum development theory, research and policy
  • Instructional and assessment strategies
  • Integration of reading and writing
  • Reading theory and recommended practice in K-12 educational environments
  • Applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and second language acquisition
  • Assessment measures to determine students' literacy levels in elementary and secondary schools
  • Diagnosing, prescribing and implementing reading plans for improvement
  • Educational research in policymaking

Why choose a M.Ed. in Reading at Saint Leo?

Saint Leo University is a nationally recognized leader in education, founded in 1889 and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Saint Leo has built a solid reputation in the educational community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow's master teachers and educational leaders.

A commitment to a set of core values is the cornerstone of Saint Leo University. Our mission is to offer a practical, effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world. It is a model designed with working adults in mind offering highly personalized attention, flexible learning opportunities, and a solid foundation for personal fulfillment and career advancement.

Our instructors are current practitioners in the field of school administration, and regular presenters at national and international conferences.

Flexibility for the working professional.

Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there. Turn any computer into a vibrant interactive classroom – day or night. Saint Leo provides students with the opportunity to advance their education without having to travel to a traditional campus – no conventional classroom attendance is required. Set your own weekly study schedule anywhere, anytime. All of our online students receive the same educational degrees as campus-based students, benefiting from faculty who are experienced professionals.

Contact your Gradate Admissions Counselor for more information on fitting a master's degree into your life.

What can you do with a M.Ed. Reading?

  • K-12 Reading Teacher
  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Supervisor
  • Department Chair
  • Assessment Coordinator
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Program Director or Supervisor
  • GED Instructor
  • Higher Education Instructor

Where are Saint Leo Education grads now? Our students find success as certified teachers, Instructional leaders, principals and administrators in school districts throughout Florida and outside of the state, due to interstate agreements the Florida Department of Education has negotiated. Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four years of employment. Graduates consistently receive "Teacher of the Year" and "Administrator of the Year" awards in their districts.

How do I get started in the M.Ed. in Read program?

Take the next step in your career. Apply for Saint Leo's M.Ed.in Reading today.

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A special tuition discount is available for Master of Education students. Contact your Gradate Admissions Counselor for details.


Degree Requirements

Reading Concentration Courses (36 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • EDU 546 Reading in the Content Area 3

    Students will examine current research and instructional approaches that focus on improving student reading skills. Students will learn to develop an understanding of the challenges students face while reading, how to identify reading demands in content areas, identify the appropriate use of narrative and expository text in the content area classroom, develop strategies that enhance student learning of domain vocabulary, and how to develop lessons to include reading skills in the content area classroom. Field experience required.

  • EDU 602 Foundations in Reading 3

    This course provides the education major with the investigation of basic theories underlying traditional and recent approaches to the teaching of reading. It includes the study of the five essential components of the reading process: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. This course also provides the opportunity to interpret informal reading inventories and other diagnostic measures used for assessing the major elements of reading growth of the five essential components of reading. Field experience is required.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing

  • EDU 605 Elementary Reading Assessment and Intervention 3

    This course focuses on providing teachers with formal and informal assessment measures to use to determine students’ literacy levels in the elementary school. This course also presents the students with knowledge and use of effective scientifically based intervention strategies. Field experience is required.

  • EDU 610 Secondary Reading Assessment and Intervention 3

    This course focuses on providing teachers with formal and informal assessment measures to use to determine students’ literacy levels in the secondary school. This course also provides the students with the knowledge and use of effective scientifically based intervention strategies. Field experience is required.

  • EDU 612 Language and Literacy 3

    Increase teacher knowledge of theories and research regarding the development of language and literacy in children. Increase teacher knowledge to identify and analyyze the role of oral lanaguage in the literacy process to design and/or locate scientifically research based activities to develop oral language at all levels for all students including ELLS, students with disabilities and students with 504 plans. Field Experiences required.

    Prerequisites: EDU 602 - Foundations in Reading

  • EDU 613 Emergent Literacy 3

    This course focuses on providing teachers with an understanding of the stages of literacy development and examines the foundational skills of phonological awareness and phonics assessment and instruction.

    Prerequisites: Field experience is required. Complete Field Experience Log.

  • EDU 627 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3

    This course will provide an overview of children and adolescent literature for use in the K-12 reading program. Students will learn how to choose effective literature from various genres and formats, including the use of literature to address the issue of diversity in the K-12 classroom. Additionally, strategies for the effective use of the literature with various levels of readers will be presented and discussed.

    Prerequisites: Field experience is required.

  • EDU 629 Current Theory and Practice in Reading 3

    This course will examine current theory and research that has shaped the direction of reading instruction from the 1960’s to present day, along with its application to instruction and program development. Students will also be discussing and analyzing the many controversies and politics surrounding reading instruction across the nation.

    Prerequisites: EDU 546, EDU 602, EDU 605, and EDU 610 or permission of the Director.

  • EDU 645 Methods to Integrate Reading and Writing 3

    This course emphasizes the blend of theory and current best practices in integrating reading and writing for elementary, middle grades, and high school classrooms. Students will learn and practice the essential characteristics of good writing and effective writing instruction, including the integration of reading activities and strategies. Students will also learn how to create a positive reading/writing learning environment that fosters literacy development. Field experience is required.

    Prerequisites: EDU 546, EDU 602, EDU 605, and EDU 610 or permission of the Director.

  • EDU 658 Leadership in the Development of Reading Programs 3

    This course focuses on the planning and coordination of school-based/system-based reading programs from a leadership perspective. Students will design a sample program that could be implemented in a K-12 school setting. The role of the reading coach will also be discussed. Field experience is required. Complete Field Experience Log. Field experience is required.

    Prerequisites: EDU 602, EDU 546, EDU 605, EDU 610 or permission of the Director.

  • EDU 667 Teacher Inquiry 3

    This course is designed to introduce students to teacher inquiry practices. Students will develop an understanding of the components of effective practitioner-based research, including collecting and analyzing data as well as presenting it to others in a systematic way. Students will demonstrate their understanding by designing their own inquiry projects as well as critiquing and evaluating published studies.

  • EDU 673 Supervised Practicum in Reading (16 weeks) 3

    This course requires the graduate student to work with several K-12 students in a classroom setting - diagnosing, prescribing, and implementing a reading plan for improvement. Students will apply ‘best practices’ in reading instruction based upon concepts and research acquired in the prerequisite courses in the Reading Program. Field Experience Required. Please complete your Field Experience Log

    Prerequisites: EDU 546, EDU 602, EDU 605, and EDU 610 or permission of the Director.

Electives (0 Credits)

Total Credits 36