Master of Education in Reading Literacy

There is no greater gift that a teacher can give a student than the skill of reading!

Belhaven University’s Master of Education in Reading Literacy program is a degree in reading education that offers advanced skills and specialized training for teachers who want to impact schools in the area of reading. This Master of Reading program prepares students for today's educational system where there has been a heavy emphasis on evaluating academic achievement. Teachers who enroll in the program will learn how to diagnose and assess student reading problems, as well as improve their own and other teachers’ ability to meet those needs.

This degree path is intended for those who hold a valid standard teaching license. The curriculum prepares participants with the most knowledgeable and current practices in reading. Internships and practicum field experiences will provide an opportunity to apply classroom principles and techniques.

A master’s degree in reading can put teachers into supervisory and leadership roles in education. Many school districts use literacy coaches or reading specialists to improve instruction. Additional job possibilities include a variety of instructional settings and collegiate positions such as teaching remedial reading on the college level. This degree path is specialized and may lead to a specialist degree or a doctorate in reading.


Course Delivery Formats

The Belhaven Graduate School of Education offers two course delivery formats which run for a period of eight consecutive weeks.

  • Hybrid Classes: Offered on the main campus in Jackson and at multiple, convenient locations around the state. All work is submitted and graded through the use of the online Canvas portal. Students have opportunities to meet on location with the professor three times during the course for face-to-face instruction, explanations, discussions and clarifications (week 1, week 4, and week 7)
  • Online Classes: All classes are offered online and work is submitted and graded through the online Canvas portal. Students have email and phone connections with their professors.

While serving different audiences, all degree programs acknowledge the expertise, experience, and needs of adult learners. Both programs also foster inquiry into the nature of learning and the effects of teaching, transfer of theory to practice, self-directed learning and reflection, collegial interaction with peers, commitment to innovation and change, and the development of leadership skills and professional efficacy.

Belhaven University and the K-12 Teachers Alliance are excited to partner in offering Belhaven’s graduate education degrees in the state of Mississippi.  View specific information about the programs being offered in your area.

Curriculum Summary

The Master of Education in Reading Literacy can be completed within two years.
Note, the three courses listed in the area of emphasis are online classes.

Course #MED Core CoursesCredits
EDU600 MED Orientation Seminar 0
REA608 Early Literacy Instruction 3
EDU612 Curriculum Planning and Organization 3
REA622 Teaching Reading Skills and Comprehension 3
EDU630 Diagnostic and Remedial Strategies Across the Content Areas 3
EDU610 Research Methods and Procedures 3
REA629 Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation 3
REA617 Content Area Literacy 3
Area of Emphasis - These 3 Courses to be completed online
REA611 Literature and Literacy 3
REA632 Practicum in Reading (Pre-requisite: All REA courses in program and successfully have passed the Mississippi Foundations of Reading Test) 3
REA627 Middle Grade Literacy (4-8) 3
Capstone Course
EDU625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom (Pre-requisite: All REA courses in program and successfully have passed the Mississippi Foundations of Reading Test) 3

Admission Information

Applicants must provide evidence of holding or being eligible to hold a Standard license in the area of emphasis for which the student is seeking degree. The student may be asked to submit an essay or recommendations for review by the program committee. Your admission representative will work with you to determine what, if any, additional items may be required to present your application package to the Admission Committee.

Students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher on one of the following:

  • Cumulative from undergraduate/graduate degree granting institution or
  • Cumulative on last 60 hours of undergraduate work

Non-degree seeking students

  • Must submit an official transcript from their undergraduate/graduate degree-granting colleges/universities.
  • After attempting six semester hours, must either apply for admission as a degree-seeking student or make a request to be continued as a non-degree seeking student (maximum of 12 hours).

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