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 licensed 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

Program Details:

  • Requires 30 SH for completion
  • Requires a comprehensive examination

Required Courses

Reading and Language Program Requirements - 17 SH

RLD 600Language, Linguistics and Literacy


RLD 601Research in Early Literacy (Orthography and Word Recognition)


RLD 602Reading Comprehension: Research and Application


RLD 603Historical Issues in Literacy Research


RLD 606Instruction and Staff Development in Reading and Language


RLD 607Theory and Research in Writing


Reading and Language Program Electives - 13 SH

RLL 533Language Development and Variation


RLW 541Teaching Writing

2 TO 3

RLR 501Teaching Beginning Literacy


RLR 502Teaching Comprehension and Content Area 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.