Reading (Reading Specialist Licensure)
Online Master's Emphasis

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About the Reading Program

Do you have a passion for helping students become successful readers and writers? Do you want to develop expertise in designing and implementing effective literacy instruction and interventions that meet the needs of diverse learners? The Reading Program at Pitt State is grounded in sociocultural theories of learning and combines theories of the learner with theories of literacy development, cognitive processes, and evidence-based practices established from current research in the field of Reading. Reading Candidates will apply knowledge of assessments and diagnostic tools to plan and monitor interventions, and provide explicit, systematic, and responsive instruction that includes differentiation and scaffolding. During the Reading Program, Candidates will complete online coursework and on-site practicum experiences that are aligned to the International Literacy Association Standards, International Dyslexia Standards, and fully accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and CAEP.  Successful completion of this program and the Praxis test enables Candidates to apply for a Kansas Reading Specialist License (If teaching in a state other than Kansas, please check with your state’s department of education for more information on reading specialist licensure).

Master of Science in Reading, Reading Specialist Licensure

The Master of Science in Reading with Reading Specialist Licensure is a 30 hour, completely online, master’s program for teachers who hold an undergraduate degree and wish to gain specialized knowledge in literacy instruction and apply for licensure. Requirements for full Admission include a valid teaching certificate, classroom teaching experience, two professional letters of recommendation, a university background check, and a GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework, per official transcript.  



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  • Total tuition = $11,790*
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2023-2024 academic year tuition rates , master's program option, and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2023-2024 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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