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Reading Education

There’s nothing quite like the sensation of not being able to put a book down. As you turn each page with anticipation, the world disappears completely around you.

Every student deserves the chance to know that feeling, and you are capable of making sure they do. Earn an M.S. in Education with a specialization in Reading Education from NSU, and watch as your students discover the magic of storytelling.

Our course content is research-based and infuses scientifically-based evidence of best practices in the science of reading.

Learn to develop language arts and literacy curriculum, and assess, evaluate and instruct students in reading. Strengthen the relationship between theory and instructional practice. Deepen your professional knowledge and skills to provide effective literacy instruction for all students.

Two Ways to Dominate

Choose from our degree-only program and our Florida-state approved option. Coursework is offered entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.

Florida Certification Track

The certification track is a state-approved program in Florida for add-on certification for teachers. Focused in literacy and language arts, this specialization provides educators with the skills to develop a curriculum and assess, evaluate, and instruct students in reading. Course content is research based and infuses best practices in education, while aligning directly with the Florida Department of Education’s program certification requirements.

This track is available to practicing reading and language arts educators who wish to obtain graduate degrees or recertification and/or increase their level of expertise. Those with a bachelor's degree in the education field who wish to obtain graduate degrees, recertification and/or add a certification in reading education are also welcome to apply.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (3.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • Valid professional teaching certificate or temporary teaching certificate with passing scores for General Knowledge Test (GKT)

Additional Entrance Requirements

  • Valid Teaching Certificate (Temporary  or  Professional)

If entering with Temporary Teaching Certificate, please provide test scores:

  • General Knowledge Test (GKT), or
  • GRE score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative scales only)

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the M.S. and Ed.S. Program 0
CUR 0526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
RED 0570 Foundations of Reading: Theory and Practice 3
RED 0575 Contemporary Foundations of Reading: Research Perspective 3
RED 0554 Assessment in Reading 3
RED 0555 Supervised Reading Practicum 1: Individual Remediation 3
RED 0560 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
RED 0565 Language Arts in the Secondary School 3
RED 0580 Educational Measurements 3
RED 0585 Reading in the Content Area 3
RED 5271 Reading Supervision and Curriculum Development - THeory and Practice 3
RED 0590 Administration and Interpretation of Instructional Assessments 3
RED 0587 Supervised Reading Practicum II: Group Remediation 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 36

Students with a Temporary Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas:
    a. Professional Education Test (PED) 
    b. General Knowledge Test (GKT)
    c. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Reading K-12
    d. Evidence of student teaching experience or have a minimum of one (1) year of full-time teaching experience in a K-12 school.

Students with a Professional Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas: Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Reading K-12
  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Successful completion of the Supervised Teaching Internship, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence within the Educator Accomplished Practices
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

All students must submit a Degree Application

The master of science in education degree program with a specialization in reading education state approved in Florida meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education reading education (grades k–12) add-on certification.

Florida participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Interstate Agreement facilitating mobility of Educational Personnel with over 50 other states and jurisdictions for teacher certification and/or licensure. Graduates who wish to teach outside the state of Florida must contact their state's department of education for information for attaining certification/licensure through reciprocity.

Degree-Only Track

The degree-only track provides educators with the skills to develop a curriculum and assess, evaluate, and instruct students in reading. Strengthen the relationship between theory and instructional practice while deepening professional knowledge and skills to provide effective literacy instruction. 

This track is available to reading and language arts educators and those with bachelor's degrees who wish to obtain a graduate degree and/or increase their knowledge, skills or level of expertise in this area.This option is a degree-only program, not resulting in certification.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average required).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the M.S. and Ed.S. Program 0
CUR 0526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
RED 0570 Foundations of Reading: Theory and Practice 3
RED 0575 Contemporary Foundations of Reading 3
RED 0554 Assessment in Reading 3
RED 0555 Supervised Reading Practicum I: Individual Remediation 3
RED 0560 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
RED 0565 Language Arts in the Secondary School 3
RED 0580 Educational Measurements 3
RED 0585 Reading in the Content Area 3
RED 5271 Reading Supervision and Curriculum Development – Theory and Practice 3
RED 0590 Administration and Interpretation of Instructional Assessments 3
RED 0587 Supervised Reading Practicum II: Group Remediation 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 36

Students are advised to contact their state department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals.

Please use link below to access gainful employment information about the Reading Endorsement certificate program.

Gainful Employment

Program Details

The applied professional experience 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 engaged in a supervised practicum involving problem-solving experiences designed to improve reading related challenges. Based on a thorough review of the reading research literature and knowledge gained in coursework and field experiences, the candidate will select, plan, and use appropriate reading assessment instruments , strategies and materials to identify needs and provide remedial reading instruction for a designated period of 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.

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