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Professional Reading Specialist

Designed For

Professionals who seek expertise in reading. Classes are offered in online and hybrid formats to accommodate the working professional.

Your Future

Reading Specialists work collaboratively with classroom teachers/Master Reading Teachers to plan and deliver instruction to meet the needs of individuals with reading difficulties.

Concentration Area Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Putman

The Program

The 30 hour Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree includes a combination of online and hybrid coursework. Additional leveling courses may be required for certification.

Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDUC 5303 Foundations of Curriculum
3 EDUC 5338 Curriculum Design and Implementation
3 EDUC 5398 Techniques of Research
3 EDUC 5385 Education Seminar: Action Research
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDTC 5349 Educational Media and Technology 
3 READ 5373 Foundations of Reading
3 READ 5374 Literacy Instruction
3 READ 5375  Literacy Assessment
3 READ 5376 Organization & Administration of Reading Programs
3 PSYC 5390 Advanced Psycholinguistics

 READ 5378 Adult Literacy (3 hours)
 READ 5377 Digital Literacy (3 hours)


Thesis Requirements (offered to interested students)
Full admission to the C&I M.ED. program;
Concentration area program requirements AND 6 hours EDUC 5388;
Permission from concentration area advisor, committee chair, C&I department chair;
Thesis guidelines

Graduate Capstone Project


EDUC 5385 Action Research Project


Demonstration of proficiency in the application of program goals and concentration area content.


The student will

  • Identify a problem to solve (related to the student’s practice),
  • Review of the current research related to the  problem,
  • Gather and analyze data related to the problem
  • Report the findings
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations for further action.

Comprehensive Exam Information

The graduate comprehensive exam assess attainment of the graduate program goals in both core and concentration areas.  The exam measure the knowledge and experiences gained in graduate programs as a student, as well as the degree to which knowledge and experiences can be applied to real world practice and education professionals.



Concentration area advisors direct students’ enrollment advisement and release of advising holds up to the point students select a faculty committee.


During the semester enrolled in EDUC 5398 Techniques of Research, students should select faculty committees. Once selected the student’s committee chair serves as advisor for enrollment and coordinates assessment of capstone project and comprehensive exam.

Concentration Area Advisement: Dr. Rebecca Putman