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MSED - Reading Specialist - Dyslexia Emphasis

This graduate degree program (10 courses/30 hours) is designed to provide full-time working teachers with application skills and methods necessary to develop reading instructional strategies and interventions for all students and the leadership skills necessary to lead a PreK-12 school reading program. This program provides reading specialists with an explicit, sequential, systematic, prescriptive, diagnostic, and cumulative structure of instruction to teach students with dyslexia. Additionally, this program prepares students to successfully pass the KPEERI exam for national licensure for dyslexia instruction and the Praxis exam for reading specialist licensure in the state of Kansas.

Application Process

Reading Specialist Careers 

Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, Reading Resource Teacher, or a Reading Specialist in PreK through 12th-grade classroom.

Program Curriculum

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This 10 course (30 credit hour) graduate degree program is designed to provide licensed educators the insights, skills, and methods necessary to develop and deliver reading instructional strategies and interventions for students, and additionally, to provide leadership in a PreK-12 school reading program.

Both the Reading Specialist graduate degree program and the Reading Specialist licensure program place emphasis on the design and organization of a school reading program, the development of knowledge and beliefs about reading, and the organization of a reading program. The curriculum includes a school-based Reading Practicum capstone course, which provides the candidate the opportunity for practical application of skills and knowledge in their work setting. 

This program prepares candidates to meet KSDE academic requirements and successfully complete the Praxis exam for the PreK-12 Conditional 2-year Reading Specialist License.

All courses are taught within a flexible delivery model that includes live and recorded Zoom sessions as well as online modules.

Program Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in education
  • Current teaching license
  • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.25 or above (on a 4.0 scale)

Do you already have your MSED? 

Learn more about our Reading Specialist Licensure Program.