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Pursuing a Master of Education in Reading at USF will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required to improve student reading achievement at all levels. While working online in a community of learners, you will gain expertise in several areas, including:

  • The ability to teach oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension to various levels of students
  • Study of current research and submitting research for publication
  • Curriculum foundation to add to your next degree Ed.S./Principal

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Best Reasons to Earn Your M.Ed. in Reading at USF

Leadership Role

Whether you've been teaching one year or 20 years, if you want to take on a leadership role in education, in a school or school district here are examples of master of education jobs:

  • Reading specialist
  • Reading coach

SD Reading Endorsement

When you graduate from USF's Master in Reading degree program, along with at least three years of teaching experience, you'll be eligible for certification by South Dakota's Department of Education as a K-12 reading specialist.

Higher Salary

Many school districts offer teachers with master's degrees an increase in pay.

Christian University

USF is a private, Christian university. For many of our students at the associate, bachelor and master level, that's an important factor in their graduate school decision because we believe teachers are called to serve. We welcome teachers of all faiths into this reading specialist degree program.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Fredrikson School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the M.Ed. in Reading program is approved by the South Dakota Department of Education.


Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Degree Program Overview

To earn your M.Ed. in Reading, you’ll complete a total of 33 credits. View a list of in-depth course descriptions.

CoursesCredit HoursModality
Summer Year 1  

EDU 517 Constructive Literacy Assessment



EDU 536 Adolescent Literacy



EDU 537 Foundations of Literacy


Summer Year 1 or Fall Year 1  

EDU 585 Research Methods


Fall Year 1  

EDU 518 Practicum: Teaching Diverse Literacy Learners


Spring Year 1  

EDU 538 Practicum: Literacy (K-12)


Summer Year 2  

EDU 501 Professional and Ethical Leadership



EDU 519 Writing Instruction



EDU 551 Professional, Student and Staff Development


Fall Year 2  

EDU 588 Practicum: Qualitative Inquiry in Literacy Learning



Graduate Electives



Total Credits:



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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Admission Requirements

You’re eligible for USF’s Master of Education in Reading degree program, designed for working teachers, if you meet the following criteria:

  • You already hold a valid teaching certificate
  • You have a 3.0 grade point average shown through prior degree and professional development transcripts
  • You have at least one year of teaching experience
  • You submit an application. Applications include a personal statement. Using your best writing skills, you will explain in 250-500 words your long-term education and career goals, stating any areas of specific interest and experience that may be relevant to your graduate program.

When can I start?

This program is designed to begin in the summer (late May or early June) because this is when most pre-requisite courses are offered. Depending on exact dates and circumstances, the program can offer extra flexibility, so please contact USF to discuss the next starting opportunity. We are here to help!

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