M.Ed. in Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis


A love of reading, writing, and teaching the English language is at the heart of the Concordia University, Nebraska Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis online degree program.

Whether you teach at the elementary or secondary level, in public or private schools, this 36 credit-hour M.Ed. program brings together educators seeking innovative, effective, and sustainable ways to help students learn to read and write AND fuel their lifelong passion for the written and spoken word.

Specifically, the Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis program offers candidates the practical strategies and academic theories for teaching any type of literacy program, including the ability to use assessment tools to adapt and customize these teaching approaches. Immediately apply what you learn to your own classroom and benefit from consulting with your peers for other ideas, advice, and strategies.

The traditional Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis M.Ed. online progression can be completed in 24 months; our Fast Track option means qualified students can earn this NCATE-accredited master’s degree fully online in as little as 18 months.

Immediately apply what you learn to your own classroom and benefit from consulting with your peers for other ideas, advice, and strategies.

The Next Start Date is June 27th

M.Ed. in Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis Program Goals

In addition to meeting all the objectives and requirements for the M.Ed. in Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:

  • The psychological, sociological, and linguistic theoretical basis of literacy education
  • The developmental nature of language, language acquisition, reading, and the language arts
  • An understanding and respect for the cultural linguistic, ethnic, and academic diversity of literacy learners
  • Reading research and history of reading, including skills to recognize, summarize, and evaluate reading methods and materials in light of seminal and current research studies
  • Curriculum, methods, grouping, assessment, and diagnostic teaching for students experiencing reading challenges
  • Literate classroom environments, which foster multiple literacies via appropriate use of technology

Course Descriptions

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M.Ed. in Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis Program Course Descriptions

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis is a 36 credit-hour online degree program. This program consists of highly integrated literacy courses and will result in an M.Ed. degree with a Reading Specialist emphasis.* This degree program includes a three credit-hour field-based case study (EDUC 631) with specific, documented student interaction.

Traditional-progression students will take one course at a time and can complete their degree program in 24 months. Fast Track candidates have the option of doubling up courses at three specific times and can complete this program in as little as 18 months. Courses that can be taken concurrently are PSY 511 and EDUC 519; EDUC 622 and EDUC 635; and EDUC 631 and SOC 565. Fast Track candidates must declare their intention at time of enrollment. 

Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis
36 credits
EDUC 566 (3)
Reading in the Middle and Secondary School
A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of intermediate, junior (middle) and senior high students (grades 4-12), emphasizing reading in the content areas, comprehension levels, reading-study skills, oral interpretation of literature, recreational reading, and current issues in teaching the older student to become more proficient in reading.
EDUC 501 (3)
Contemporary Thought in Education
This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
EDUC 594 (3)
Research Evaluation and Design
This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
PSY 511 (3)
Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
EDUC 519 (3)
Word Study: Decoding, Comprehension and Fluency
This course will examine recent research-based instructional practices regarding phonics, vocabulary, spelling and fluency. Special emphases include: phonemic awareness, print awareness, alphabetic knowledge, alphabetic principle, decoding, reading practice with decodable text, irregular and high frequency words, fluency, development spelling and comprehension. The graduate student will research current theory, instructional practice and assessment related to each of the word study components within specific literacy developmental stages.
EDUC 565 (3)
The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development
A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of younger children (ages three through grade 3), emphasizing the characteristics of young children, oral language development, developing reading interests, the integration of all language arts in the beginning reading program, and current issues in teaching the young child to read.
EDUC 622 (3)
Teaching Writing in Grades PK-12
A close examination of the writing of children and youth, and the techniques for teaching writing; special emphasis on the relationship of writing to literature, reading and other language arts.
EDUC 635 (3)
Survey of Contemporary Literature from PK-12
A survey of contemporary literature for readers from pre-kindergarten level through grade 12. Students will become familiar with contemporary youth poetry and fiction, explore societal issues in literature, develop skills of literary analysis, and connect the use of literature to research in literary study and literacy learning.
EDUC 520 (3)
Literacy Assessment and Intervention
This course emphasizes the assessment and intervention process involving "striving" readers from diverse ability, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Special emphases include: identification of literacy difficulties, formal and informal assessment tools, evaluation, data analysis and appropriate intervention.
EDUC 630 (3)
Preliminary Design and Processes for a Case Study
This course emphasizes reading, discussing, and planning strategies to be implemented in a subsequent case study course. Set-up for the case study will include: criteria for how to select a student; actually selecting a student; how to gain parental consent; how to create a baseline for further interaction. Additional emphasis will be given in this course to diagnostic evaluation and the organization of the learning environment which will permit personalized literacy instruction for struggling readers. Time will be dedicated to the set-up of the final portfolio.
EDUC 631 (3)
Creating a Case Study in Literacy
This course will incorporate strategies that are geared to a specific K-12 student and are diagnostic (journal/log, plan/evaluate, re-plan/re-evaluate) in nature. Experiences will be coordinated in which the graduate student, under direct supervision, assesses reading abilities and develops individual educational programs and materials in reading for students with special needs: students experiencing literacy difficulties, gifted students, those with cultural differences, and/or varied linguistic backgrounds. The baseline information on the K-12 student (e.g. reading inventory, reading level, and miscue analysis) will be used for the development of a plan of action and subsequent engagement for remediation. The case study will be the last project for the final portfolio.
SOC 565 (3)
Serving and Leading in the Community and World
This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.


All degrees and certifications are accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Nebraska Department of Education requires two years of teaching for the endorsement.

*Students seeking Reading Specialist certification in states other than Nebraska should determine the licensure requirements in the state(s) in which they will be seeking certification. Written approval that this program will be acceptable for licensure by their state's educational department should be obtained prior to beginning the program.


Career Opportunities

The following are just a few of the unique career opportunities possible with a M.Ed. in Literacy with Reading Specialist Emphasis online degree available through Concordia University, Nebraska:

  • Reading or Literacy Instructor
  • School-wide Reading or Literacy Coach
  • Reading Consultant or Tutor
  • Advisor to Publishers of Reading Textbooks for Instruction
  • Professional Development Leader
  • Reading Program Advisor to Local, State and National Literacy Organizations
  • Division or Department Chair
  • Reading Expertise Advisor to Local Curriculum Specialists

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