Reading and Language, Ed.S.

This degree is designed to meet the needs of school leaders who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise in literacy, but who do not wish to pursue a doctoral degree.

In addition to National College of Education Graduate Admissions Requirements, applicants must:

  • Submit official scores from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE)
  • Be a certified teacher
  • Have a master’s degree with an emphasis in reading or literacy from a regionally accredited institution, including:
    • One graduate course in beginning reading
    • A second graduate course in comprehension or secondary/content area reading,
    • A course in linguistics and a course in writing instruction
    • For promising candidates not demonstrating such preparation, appropriate coursework is required as a pre- or post-admission requirement

This degree requires:

  • 30 SH
  • A comprehensive examination

Required Courses

Reading and Language Program Requirements - 17 SH

RLD600Language and Linguistics and Literacy

RLD601Research in Early Literacy

RLD602Reading Comprehension: Reach and Application

RLD603Historical Issues in Literacy Research

RLD606Instruction and Staff Development in Reading and Language

RLD607Theory and Research in Writing

Reading and Language Program Electives - 13 SH

RLL533Language Development and Variation

RLW541Teaching Writing

RLR501Teaching Beginning Reading

RLR502Teaching Comprehension and Content Reading

Notes: Other RLD, RLR, RLL, or RLW courses at the 500- or 600-level and approved by an advisor may be accepted. No workshops will be accepted.