Reading instruction prepares students for everyday life and for the future they envision in our society.  Our goal is to instill in teachers the importance of reading instruction to assist children to learn with a variety of methods and materials.

Our program prepares teachers as a Reading Specialist K-12 (Iowa Endorsement 176). The courses develop skills, knowledge and competencies needed for supervisory, curricular, and remedial teaching positions in reading, and also builds background for students who want to specialize in the area and eventually teach and/or conduct research at a college/university.


Successful completion of this program, combined with one year of successful teaching experience that includes the teaching of reading as a significant part of the responsibility, qualifies students for licensure as a Reading Specialist K-12, Iowa Endorsement 176.  Students who have completed the program continue as classroom teachers but also assume positions as curriculum directors, instructional coaches, etc.

All coursework is offered online to be followed by a face-to-face intensive summer clinic experience supervised by course instructors with expertise in reading.  The non-thesis option requires 35 s.h. of courses plus successful completion of comprehensive examinations. The thesis option requires 33 s.h. of coursework and the successful completion of a thesis. 

Visit the degree homepage for more information on admission requirements, application instructions, and program requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester—July 15 (April 15 for international students) 
  • Spring Semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students) 
  • Summer Session—April 15 (March 1 for international students) 


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