Master of Education Reading Concentration

The M.Ed. Reading concentration is designed for certified teachers who want to develop advanced skills in literacy teaching, and earn their State of Florida reading specialist certification and reading endorsement. You’ll learn how to implement an integrated language arts program, assess literacy levels and apply current research and instructional approaches to improve students’ reading and writing skills.

Why choose a master's degree in Reading at Saint Leo?

In the 36 credit-hour M.Ed. Reading program, you will hone your teaching skills in reading instruction through studying:

  • Curriculum development theory, research and policy
  • Instructional and assessment strategies
  • Integration of reading and writing
  • Reading theory and recommended practice in K-12 educational environments
  • Applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and second language acquisition
  • Assessment measures to determine students' literacy levels in elementary and secondary schools
  • Diagnosing, prescribing and implementing reading plans for improvement
  • Educational research in policymaking

Saint Leo has built a solid reputation in the educational community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow's leaders in the classroom. In 2011, Saint Leo’s Education department was named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award. Our instructors are current practitioners in the field of school administration and regular presenters at national and international conferences.

Saint Leo University also offers an 18-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Reading aligned with the State of Florida’s expectations for the Reading Endorsement. M.Ed. concentrations are also available in Educational Leadership, Instructional Leadership and Exceptional Student Education.

Flexibility for the working professional

Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there. The M.Ed. Reading can be taken as a blended program combining traditional, in-person classes—with a variety of delivery formats, including online options and video conferencing. Most students complete the degree within two years.

Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more information on fitting a Master of Education into your life.

Professional development opportunities

  • Florida Certification: Earn your State of Florida K-12 reading certification and reading endorsement.
  • Field experience: In a supervised practicum, work with K-12 students in a classroom setting—diagnosing, prescribing, and implementing a reading plan for improvement.
  • 21st century classroom: Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the MimioVote™ assessment system and interactive SMART Boards.
  • Co-curricular activities: Participate in the Future Teachers Association and join Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

What can you do with a M.Ed. Reading?

  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Supervisor
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Department Chair
  • Assessment Coordinator
  • GED Instructor

Where are Saint Leo Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers, principals and administrators in school districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements the Florida Department of Education negotiates. The majority teach in Florida school districts, including Pasco, Hillsborough and Putnam.

Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four years of employment. Graduates consistently receive "Teacher of the Year" and "Administrator of the Year" awards in their districts.

Admission requirements

A special scholarship is available for M.Ed students. Contact Graduate Admissions for details.

Take the next step in your career. Apply for Saint Leo's M.Ed. Reading today.

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