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Education Specialist in Reading Online


Two tracks available: The Professional Practice track is designed for students interested in pursuing a post-graduate degree and who want to become a reading specialist. The Advanced Perspective is designed for students who are already a reading specialist or hold a master's in reading, literacy or a related degree and wish to become an advocate for literacy at the community or university level.

Next Apply Date: 6/18/24
Next Class Start Date: 7/2/24
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Next Apply Date: 6/18/24
Next Class Start Date: 7/2/24

Program Overview


Consider the Ed.S. in Reading degree program

The Education Specialist in Reading degree program at Arkansas State University is an accelerated, flexible degree program for those interested in advancing their career goals in reading and literacy.

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

Additional documents

Textbook Information (.PDF)

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State Program Approvals (.PDF)

Two tracks are available: Advanced Perspective and Professional Practice. Each candidate’s experience is assessed at the point of admission and based on the previous master’s degree completed.

Advanced perspective track

Designed for students who hold a master’s in reading, literacy or a related degree and want to take an in-depth look at classroom practices through research, applying reading knowledge to classroom practice, school systems and community.

In this program track, you will:

  • Expand knowledge regarding complexities of school systems and legislatures
  • Understand and delve into research foundations of literacy, historical studies, seminal studies, literacy and how it influences society
  • Explore competing views of how literacy starts

Career opportunities include:

  • District Literacy Leader
  • Adjunct University Professor
  • Literacy Advocate

Designed for students who hold a master’s in reading, literacy or a related degree and want to take an in-depth look at classroom practices through research, applying reading knowledge to classroom practice, school systems and community.

In this program track, you will:

  • Expand knowledge regarding complexities of school systems and legislatures
  • Understand and delve into research foundations of literacy, historical studies, seminal studies, literacy and how it influences society
  • Explore competing views of how literacy starts

Career opportunities include:

  • District Literacy Leader
  • Adjunct University Professor
  • Literacy Advocate

Professional practice track

Designed for students interested in pursuing a post-graduate degree in reading as a content specialist.

In this program track, you will:

  • Examine literacy issues in the context of multicultural education and culturally responsive pedagogy with a focus on the differentiation of literacy needs among various student cultures and special needs students
  • Focus on the development of literacy skills
  • Explore current research on literacy cognition, reading disorders, and research-based methodologies for reading instruction

Career opportunities include:

  • Reading Specialist
  • District Literacy Leader

Designed for students interested in pursuing a post-graduate degree in reading as a content specialist.

In this program track, you will:

  • Examine literacy issues in the context of multicultural education and culturally responsive pedagogy with a focus on the differentiation of literacy needs among various student cultures and special needs students
  • Focus on the development of literacy skills
  • Explore current research on literacy cognition, reading disorders, and research-based methodologies for reading instruction

Career opportunities include:

  • Reading Specialist
  • District Literacy Leader

Also available:

A-State offers a variety of post-graduate programs in a convenient online format. Explore our full range of online post-graduate programs.

Total Tuition: $10,200
Program Duration: As few as 12-18 months
Credit Hours 30

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Tuition


Our budget-friendly tuition can be paid as you go

Our Ed.S. in Reading online program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $340
Total Tuition: $10,200

Calendar


Know when to apply, when classes start, and when tuition is due

Our Ed.S. in Reading online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

Please note Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms are 5 weeks in duration for this program.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 15/28/245/14/245/17/245/23/245/24/246/27/24
Summer 27/2/246/18/246/21/246/27/246/28/248/1/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/9/248/15/248/16/2410/4/24
Fall 210/14/249/30/2410/4/2410/10/2410/11/2412/6/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 6/18/24
Start Class 7/2/24

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Admissions


See the requirements for the online education specialist program

Students who are interested in our Ed.S. in Reading online program must have a master’s degree in reading or other field in education from an accredited institution. Review full admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Master's degree
  • Valid teaching certificate

Admission requirements

  • Master’s degree in reading or other field in education from an accredited institution with at least 3.25 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • A valid teaching certificate
  • Commitment from a literacy coach or reading specialist, or other acceptable mentor who will function as your mentor during the program. The mentor must have reading/language arts experience. View acceptable mentors (PDF)

Application submission requirements

  • Complete online application
  • Pay the nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Send official transcript(s) from the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution. For this program, we will only need an official transcript that shows your conferred master's degree.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467


Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

Additional information

Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure and it is up to the Student to confirm if the program will meet the needs for licensure. Please refer to the Program Approval Map to determine which programs are eligible to be offered in States and to find relevant State Agency contact information. Eligibility to offer in a State does not guarantee the program will meet State licensure requirements.

Appeals process

  • Email a written Letter of Appeal and GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial) to [email protected]

Transfer credits

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program subject to department approval. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. The course must have been taken at the level of the program you are seeking. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Courses


Discover what you will learn in our online education specialist classes

Students pursuing this Ed.S. program must complete a total of 30 credit hours, including five core courses (15 credit hours) and five courses (15 credit hours) specific to either the Advanced Perspective track or the Professional Practice track.

Visit the Course Registration page to view the course schedule for this degree.

You must take the following courses. ELFN 6773, or an equivalent course, must be taken as a prerequisite for RDNG 7613; this does not count toward total hours needed for degree completion.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of the role of literacy leaders within the school, community, and family context with a focus on literacy advocacy project development, implementation, and evaluation.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Explores literacy as a critical social practice that may be used to enact social change within the classroom and beyond. Applications include the social context of literacy, multiple literacies, and the role of literacy in the production of power. Restricted to EdS in Reading majors.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of research design, framework, and methodological approaches that spans qualitative and quantitative paradigms, including a mixed methods approach, within the context of literacy.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth examination of the dimensions of understanding in literacy learning, the complexities of comprehension strategy instruction as they pertain to the learning of essential concepts, and how they impact literacy learning environments and professional development for teachers.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Serves as both the review and comprehensive examination of program content with a focus on developing descriptive, analytical, and reflective writings that demonstrate effective applications of practices for literacy instruction. Must be taken in final semester of coursework.
All students in the Advanced Perspective track must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of varied perspectives of the processes of writing, with a focus on recursive practices in authentic, academic, and personal settings; reflection on personal and academic writing practices and research of writing pedagogy facilitating the study of effective application.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of theoretical and practical orientations regarding language acquisition with a focus on English Language Learners including an examination of language acquisition models and their application in schools and classrooms.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of theoretical and pedagogical frameworks of the New Literacies with an emphasis on the intersection of student lives, culture, and technology. Restricted to Ed.S.-Reading candidates or graduate students with permission of the instructor.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of theory and practice in action research as applied to literacy education with practical application in literacy settings.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of the social foundations of literacy within the context of sociocultural and sociopolitical theory. Limited to MSE-Reading and Ed.S.-Reading students or approval of the instructor.

All students in the Professional Practice track must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Clinical experiences in assessment and intervention in reading and related areas.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focuses on the development of literacy skills, birth through primary grades, including the process of exposure to words and print, and the opportunity to write as a part of the literacy process. This course maintains alignment with state and national standards.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines literacy issues in the context of multicultural education and culturally responsive pedagogy with a focus on the differentiation of literacy needs among various student cultures and special needs students. Presentation and rehearsal of explicit literacy instruction to enhance comprehension.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analyzes current federal initiatives and reform policies related to adolescent literacy. Examines the social and cognitive processes related to adolescent literacy. Study of methods to facilitate literacy learning for adolescents in all curricular areas.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of current research on literacy cognition, reading disorders, and research-based methodologies for reading instruction, with implications for instruction.

Note: All students graduating from the MSE Reading program since July 2018 and the EdS Reading Professional track, who took RDNG 6333, RDNG 6513, RDNG 6533, RDNG 6553 AND RDNG 6563 are eligible for the Dyslexia endorsement. Students should check their licensure to determine if they are eligible. The Professional Education department automatically submits the paperwork for the certification. After reviewing their licensure and if they meet the other criteria above they can contact Tiffany Mosely in the Professional Education Office at [email protected] to review and see if they can get the endorsement added.

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