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Reading Education

The master of science (M.S.) degree program in education with a specialization in reading education at the Fischler College of Education focuses on the areas of literacy and language arts. This specialization helps provide educators with the skills to develop curriculum, and assess, evaluate, and instruct students in literacy. Course content for the master’s degree in reading education is research based and infuses scientifically based evidence of best practices in reading. It is designed to strengthen the relationship between theory and instructional practice, and to deepen professional knowledge and skills to provide effective literacy instruction for all students.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing reading and language arts teachers considering reading education graduate programs to increase their experience in their current field; OR
  • Individuals with bachelor's degrees in an education field who wish to obtain graduate degrees and increase their knowledge and skills in the teaching of reading.
  • 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 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 3


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.

Coursework for the master’s in reading education program is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses. The online delivery option allows international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses 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 or on weekends. The distance education option allows busy professionals the option to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are dedicated to preparing aspiring teachers and those seeking careers as professionals in education-related fields. Hailing from NSU and other major universities and institutions throughout the country and around the world, our faculty are highly respected professional practitioners and recognized scholars who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Furthermore, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Meet the Faculty and Staff of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework;
  • 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;
  • Completed application for degree.

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.

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