Master’s Degrees (Online and
On Campus)

Program Overview

Reading and Literacy Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) in reading education. Nationally accredited and ranked #2, both degree programs were developed to support practicing teachers, as well as prospective teachers, in promoting the literacy growth of all PreK-12 students.

Program curriculum is focused on the knowledge and methods teachers need to effectively promote literacy learning and academic achievement among students. Candidates learn evidence-based classroom practices and develop knowledge, skills, strategies, and disposition for supporting the literacy and language growth of PreK-12 students. They can pursue either degree online or on campus. Most candidates complete either degree program within 4 to 6 semesters.


Master of Education in Reading (M.Ed.)

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Education is a non-thesis degree requiring completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework.

These courses address the reading standards and competencies developed by relevant professional organizations (e.g. International Literacy Association and Florida Department of Education). Candidates are required to complete 36 credit hours of coursework and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in their coursework. Graduation from the program requires satisfactory completion of courses in the following six areas:

RED 5355: Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (Spring)

RED 5337: Teaching Reading in the Secondary School (Summer)

RED 6520: Classroom Literacy Assessment and Instruction (Fall & Spring)

RED 6647: Trends in Reading (Fall)

RED 6546: Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties (Fall)

RED 6548: Remediation of Reading Difficulties (Spring)

RED 6941: Practicum in Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Difficulties (Spring)

Choose 3 courses from the list below:

LAE 6446: Multicultural Children’s Literature (Spring)

LAE 6348: Teaching Multiliteracies (Fall)

LAE 6861: Technology and Media Literacy (Summer)

LAE 6865: Teaching Media Literacy (Spring)

LAE 6869: Teaching Digital Storytelling (Summer)

LAE 6939: Literacy, Family and Culture (Spring)

LAE 7934: Seminar in Composition Theory and Practice (Fall)

EDG 6931: Advanced Language Arts & Writing (Summer)

TSL 5325: Secondary ESOL Teaching Strategies (Summer)

Choose one from the following courses (or other courses approved by advisor):

RED 5399: Practicum in Beginning Reading Instruction

RED 6346: Seminar in Reading

FLE 6167: Cross Cultural Communication for Teachers

TSL 6245: Language Principles in ESOL Teaching

EEX 6125: Intervention in Language and Learning Disorders

EDG 6348: Instructional Coaching

EDG 6445: Meeting the Needs of Students Living in Poverty

EME 5405: Using the Internet in Education


The degree program does not automatically result in Florida K-12 Reading Certification. However, candidates interested in obtaining the certification should take the following steps on their own:

  • Take and pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) for Reading K-12.
  • Submit transcript and FTCE-Reading test score to the Florida Department of Education for course count content analysis. You can find information about the exam from the Florida Department of Education at

Graduates of the program may also be eligible for reading certification in other states and are advised to investigate that possibility if they do not plan to teach in the state of Florida.

Master of Arts in Reading Education (M.A.E.)

The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) in Reading Education requires 30 credit hours of coursework, plus 6 credit hours of research that culminates in a thesis or a project in lieu of thesis.

Candidates pursuing this degree work with a faculty committee to develop a program of study that includes coursework in reading, language arts, children’s literature and English as a second language. Qualified international applicants, as well as candidates for whom obtaining a Florida reading certification is not their primary goal, are admitted into this program. Graduation from the program requires satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of coursework (with a GPA of 3.0 or higher) and 6 hours of research/inquiry that culminates in successful defense of a thesis or project.