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Master's Degree in Reading Education

Why Earn Your Reading Education Degree at Saint Leo University?

The Masters in Education (M.Ed.) Reading Concentration (Multiple States) is composed of the same courses that are in our Masters in Education Reading Concentration so there is no change in the course requirements. The only difference is that instead of taking the Florida Reading certification test for certification at the end of the program, candidates with a teaching certificate from a state other than Florida, would be required to take and pass their state's reading certification exam. In many states this is the Praxis assessment. After graduating from the program the graduate can apply for certification in their state of residency.

The courses in this concentration have been designed to align with the State of Florida course requirements for reading specialist certification. This program is a state approved program.

Now is the time to earn your online masters degree in reading education at Saint Leo University. Raise your profile with the College of Education & Social Science's fully online Master of Education (MEd) with a concentration Reading.


This online program is designed for certified teachers who want to develop advanced skills in literacy instruction, and earn their State of Florida reading certification. Our students find success as certified reading teachers and specialist in school districts throughout Florida and outside of the state, due to reciprocity agreements the Florida Department of Education holds with other states.

Learning Experience:
Est. Time to Complete:
2 years
Credit Hours:
30 hours
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Graduate Reading Education Program Details

You’ll learn how to implement an integrated language arts program, assess literacy levels and apply current research and instructional approaches to improve students’ reading and writing skills.

In the 30 credit-hour MEd Reading program, you will hone your teaching skills in reading and writing instruction with the following concentrations:

  • Curriculum development theory, research and policy
  • Instructional and assessment strategies
  • Integration of reading and writing
  • Reading theory and recommended practice in K-12 educational environments
  • Applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and second language acquisition
  • Assessment measures to determine students' literacy levels in elementary and secondary schools
  • Diagnosing, prescribing and implementing reading plans for improvement
  • Educational research in policy-making

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

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  • What are the benefits of earning your degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering reading education degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • How will you gain real experience?

    Classroom learning is only part of the degree program at Saint Leo University. We also know the value of hands-on experience. That is why internships and research projects are built into the curriculum. Saint Leo has a strong relationship with many internship organizations across the country, including Boys & Girls Club and Head Start.

    Plus, our Career Services center is always available to help connect you with a variety of other experiential learning opportunities to fit your individual career goals.

What are the top reading education degree jobs?

  • K-12 Reading Teacher
  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Supervisor
  • Department Chair
  • Assessment Coordinator
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Program Director or Supervisor
  • GED Instructor
  • Higher Education Instructor

Where are Saint Leo education graduates now? 

Our students find success as certified teachers, Instructional leaders, principals and administrators in school districts throughout Florida and outside of the state, due to interstate agreements the Florida Department of Education has negotiated. Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four years of employment. Graduates consistently receive "Teacher of the Year" and "Administrator of the Year" awards in their districts.

College of Education & Social Services

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  • Saint Leo University’s College of Education and Social Services couples a transformative liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social services fields. Through close faculty mentorships, practical field internships, and applied learning experiences, we prepare students for careers in education, social work, criminal justice, and human services. Our faculty remain active in their respective fields as researchers and practitioners, giving students close access to a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience.

    With the ever-changing needs of today's students, we provide flexible degree programs. These include programs at University Campus and education centers with evening and weekend options, as well as online offerings. These degree programs are grooming the next generation of educators and social service specialists—a new breed of professionals with the talent and resolve to make a difference in the world.

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