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MSED - Reading Specialist

Research is clear that children who are not reading by third-grade struggle with reading all their lives. For this reason, student attainment of reading proficiency by no later than the third grade is a key goal of all schools. Gaining licensure as a Reading Specialist in Kansas requires the completion of an approved Reading Specialist Program. The Newman University Graduate School of Education offers degree and licensure Reading Specialist programs that provide the competencies necessary for educators interested in advancing their careers as a Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, Reading Resource Teacher, or a Reading Specialist in PreK through 12th-grade classrooms.

The Curriculum 


This 11 course (33 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 Curriculum and Instruction 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. Candidates must have a current teaching license. 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.

Course Delivery

All 8-week courses are taught within a flexible delivery model that includes face-to-face, webcam or streaming video and fully on-line interactive courses. These innovative methods, with timely and rich feedback, are the hallmarks of Newman’s outcome based “personal touch” program.

Required Courses 

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  • EDUC 6003 Cultural Diversity
  • EDUC 6023 Research and Applications
  • EDUC 6053 Advanced Curriculum Methods
  • EDUC 6063 Advanced Instructional Methods
  • EDUC 6503 Knowledge and Beliefs about Reading*
  • EDUC 6513 Accessing Literature and Informational Text*
  • EDUC 6523 Organizing a Reading Program*
  • EDUC 6543 Learning and Reading Strategies*
  • EDUC 6553 Reciprocal Reading and Writing Process*
  • EDUC 7203 Leadership Coaching Techniques
  • EDUC 8963 Reading Specialist Practicum*

*Courses for program assessments. These are required courses for licensure.


  • Completion of designated courses or approval of course substitutions by advisor.
  • Maintenance of 3.0 GPA in graduate courses.

Do you already have your MSED? 

Get your license in only three semesters. Learn more about our Reading Specialist Licensure Program.