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Reading Specialist (Reading Specialist Endorsement)

The Educational Specialist in Reading Education with Reading Specialist Endorsement program focuses on training educators in the areas of scientifically-based research, reading disorders, and literacy issues for middle and high school grade levels. Offered by the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Fischler College of Education, this specialization in reading education provides Nevada teachers with the skills to develop curriculum and assess, evaluate, and instruct students in the area of reading. Course content for an Ed.S. with a reading specialist endorsement is research-based and infuses best practices in reading education.

  • Completed admission application packet including a nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcripts indicating conferral of a master’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • Proof of valid Nevada teaching certificate required 

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDU 708 Research Design in Education 3
EDU 702 Curriculum Trends and Innovation 3
EDU 714 Families, Schools, and Communities 3
EDU 719 Current Research in Human Development 3
EDU 729 Evaluation and Assessment Practices 3
*RED 730 Critical Issues in Reading 3
*RED 731 Interpreting Research in Reading Education 3
*RED 732 Reading Disorders Diagnosis and Remediation 3
RED 733 Academic Literacy Issues in Middle and Secondary Grades 3
RED 787 Educational Field-Based Project in Reading 3
LTRC 711 Assessment in the Literacy and Reading Classroom 3
LTRC 722 Research in Oral and Written Language Development 3


Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RED 570 ) Foundations of Reading: Theory and Practice 3
RED 575 Contemporary Foundations of Reading: Research Perspective 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 36 (or 42 Credits with Optional Electives)

*Must be taken before RED 733

The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the reading specialist program. It is the final step in the completion of an Ed.S. degree. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will maintain reflective journals and create files of samples of their students’ work and the assessment instruments used to demonstrate achievement of the state professional and content standards. All applied professional experiences are accompanied by a portfolio detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

Coursework for the Educational Specialist program with a specialization in Reading Education is available online and at NSU’s Nevada Campus. The Ed.S. program’s online delivery option allows students to receive a distance education by submitting coursework and interacting with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in locations near their homes. The distance delivery option allows international students and busy professionals to complete their educational specialist degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel to our Las Vegas, Nevada area location.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework for the specialization in reading education
  • Successful completion of the Applied Professional Experience, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Passing scores on the Praxis II: Introduction to the Teaching of Reading
  • Completed application for Ed.S. degree 

The Educational Specialist program with a specialization in Reading Education and Reading Specialist Endorsement is state approved in Nevada and meets all requirements for a Nevada Department of Education’s educational specialist license.

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