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Reading Education

The Master of Science in Education with a specialization in reading education is a state-approved program in Nevada for an add-on endorsement for teachers. It focuses on the areas of literacy and language arts. This specialization provides educators with the skills to develop curriculum and assess, evaluate, and instruct students in reading. Course content is research-based and infuses scientifically-based evidence of best practices in the science of reading. It is aligned directly with the Nevada Department of Education’s program licensure requirements.

  • Complete the admission application packet and submit a $50.00 non-refundable fee (U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions. An official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is required for all students. Applicants who do not meet the 2.5 CGPA requirement must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (a combined score of 1000 for the verbal and quantitative scales only). If the applicant does not meet the minimum 2.5 GPA or GRE score requirement, the applicant may enroll in a maximum of six (6) credit hours and must earn a grade of B or better in each course during the first term of enrollment for conditional admission. Students who do not earn a grade of B or better in each course will be subject to dismissal from the program.
  • Valid NV Permanent Teaching License: Licensure Area_______________________________
  • Nevada Student Enrollment Agreement (available in application packet) Coursework

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
RED 570 Foundations of Reading: Theory and Practice 3
RED 554 Assessment in Reading 3
RED 555 Supervised Reading Practicum I: Individual Remediation 3
RED 575 Contemporary Foundations of Reading Research Perspectives 3
RED 560 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
RED 565 Language Arts in the Secondary School 3
RED 580 Educational Measurements 3
RED 587 Supervised Reading Practicum II Group Remediation 3
RED 585 Reading in the Content Area 3
RED 5271 Reading Supervision and Curriculum Development 3
RED 590 Administration and Interpretation of Instructional Assessments in Reading 3


Coursework for the reading education specialization, state approved in Nevada, is available online and at NSU’s Nevada Campus. The online delivery option allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option allows students to take classes in the evenings . The distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

The supervised reading practicum is one of many practical applications included in the reading education specialization. It is the final step in the completion of the program. The candidates will be involved in problem –solving experiences designed to improve reading related challenges. Based on a thorough review of the reading research literature and knowledge gained in course work and field experiences , the candidates will select, plan, and use appropriate reading assessment instruments, strategies and materials to identify needs and provide remedial reading instruction for a designated period o f time in a K-12 classroom. 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.

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
  • Successful completion of the Applied Professional Experience, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices
  • Successful completion and passing of all testing and assessment requirements for specialization and program
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for degree

The master of science in education with a specialization in reading education, state approved in Nevada, meets all requirements of the Nevada Department of Education’s reading education (grades k–12) add-on endorsement.

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