Master of Science: Reading

No GRE or GMAT, No Pre-requisites, Fully Online– Asynchronous
30 credits / 10 courses

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty Members


Reading is the foundation of academic success.

Bring the latest language acquisition and reading comprehension approaches into your K-12 classroom and give your students the keys to their future success. Earning your M.S. in Reading Education 100% online from St. Thomas University will give you the expertise necessary to help students overcome obstacles to becoming lifelong learners.

The St. Thomas Reading Education program can lead to initial teaching licensure, or you can enhance your existing credentials. Our 30-credit Reading Education Master’s program can be completed in just 12 months, including a supervised field practicum. Teachers holding a valid Florida Certificate are eligible for the Reading Endorsement upon completion of this degree (no additional exams required). This program may also meet requirements for certification as a Reading Specialist or Literacy coach in other states: check with your state for these requirements. Every course is also delivered through a user-friendly online learning system featuring reliable 24/7 access.

Move to the head of the class with the St. Thomas University online advantage.


Program Overview

Get to Know Our 100% Online Master of Science: Reading

The expected outcome of the M.S. in Reading Education from St. Thomas University is to prepare you for a rewarding career as a Reading Specialist**, Reading or Literary Coach or school-wide Literacy Coordinator.

  • Analyze the core cognitive processes behind language acquisition and reading comprehension
  • Apply different assessment tools to evaluate student reading ability
  • Identify and diagnose reading or writing difficulties using evidence-based methods
  • Design curriculum and learning interventions that address individual reading or writing difficulties in diverse student populations

** Florida residents are eligible to apply for the Florida Reading Endorsement at the successful completion of this program. For states other than Florida, please check your state’s requirements for endorsement on an existing, valid certificate. Florida certification in Reading requires a Master’s degree. If you teach in a state other than Florida, determine the requirements associated with certification in Reading in your state.

$15,000 investment Total Tuition
as few as 3 semesters Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Our quality online Reading program is structured specifically for working professionals, with accelerated 8-week courses delivered in a convenient format ideal for a busy lifestyle.

Coursework is taught online by scholar-practitioner faculty members with current real-world experience. Choose from six start dates each year and finish your degree as soon as 12 months!



Affordable Tuition Only $15,000 at STU

Tuition Per Credit Hour Technology Fee Per Course Total Tuition & Fees
Tuition $500 $75 $15,750

*Tuition costs are subject to change at any time.



Our Application Deadlines and Course Schedules

The MS in Reading program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

Start as Soon as May 15!

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
Summer 1 2021 05/15/21 05/05/21 05/08/21 05/10/21 05/10/21
Summer 2 2021 06/26/21 06/16/21 06/18/21 06/21/21 06/21/21
Fall 1 2021 08/21/21 08/09/21 08/12/21 08/13/21 08/16/21
Fall 2 2021 10/16/21 10/04/21 10/07/21 10/08/21 10/11/21
Spring 1 2022 01/08/22 12/23/21 12/28/21 12/30/21 01/03/22
Spring 2 2022 03/12/22 02/28/22 03/03/22 03/04/22 03/07/22
Summer 1 2022 05/14/22 05/02/22 05/05/22 05/06/22 05/09/22
Summer 2 2022 06/25/22 06/13/22 06/16/22 06/17/22 06/20/22



MS: Reading Online Admission Requirements


Students must provide transcripts demonstrating completion of an undergraduate degree.

The following criteria are used for admission to online graduate Education programs, based on cumulative undergraduate GPA.

  • 2.75 GPA—Must submit college transcripts. No GRE or GMAT.
  • Students with a GPA below 2.75 may be admitted on probation and must complete the first
    two courses with a 3.0 GPA.

Official transcripts and all other documents should be sent to:
St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

Transcripts delivered via digital transcript services similar to Parchment should be emailed to



Read About Our MS: Reading Online Classes


The Reading online curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours)

Transfer Credits
A maximum of 6 graduate credits completed at another U.S. regionally accredited university or college may be applied toward the requirements for the master’s degree. There is no exception to this policy. Acceptance into a graduate program is necessary before credits can be considered for transfer.


EDU 521: Theory and Foundations of Effective Reading and Language Instruction

This course provides a theoretical and practical framework for understanding issues related to teaching reading. It addresses theories and models of reading and focuses on the application of this knowledge to literacy instruction for all learners. This course provides students with knowledge of language structure, function, and cognition for each of the 5 major components of reading and is based on the Florida Reading Endorsement Competencies and IRA standards. This course will target the recent research and best practices for instruction in culturally responsive literacy approaches.

3 credits

EDF 621: Psychological Foundations of Education

An intermediate course designed to apply psychological theories and principles of learning and development to teaching and student learning in career areas related to education. Challenges of diversity and teacher effectiveness are emphasized.

3 credits

RED 500: The Reading Process in the Content Area

This course centers on strategies and techniques for improving students’ reading and studying in the content areas. It focuses on the development of literacy and language stages and remedial reading and writing and study skill strategies, strategies and materials for vocabulary development, comprehension, and content area concepts, and evaluation of content area instruction in multicultural settings.

3 credits

RED 505: Techniques of Remedial and Corrective Reading

This course is designed to prepare students to select and implement research-based strategies in the prevention and remediation of reading and language difficulties. It centers on the five major components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension).

3 credits

EDU 525: Content Methods of Teaching Language Arts

This course provides students opportunities to learn and demonstrate skills in current practices of Language Arts instruction (K-12). Emphasis is placed on the use of technology to teach the four basic components of Literacy: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. The diversified curriculum is based on current research in teaching elementary language arts that responds to national and state competencies and standards.

3 credits

EDU 530: Educational Measurement

This course introduces prospective teachers to all of the elements of assessment that are essential to good teaching as it provides students with an understanding of the role of assessment in the instructional process. Students will learn how to construct effective test questions that are aligned with learning objectives and how to evaluate published tests and properly interpret scores of standardized tests as well as how to make appropriate modifications for ESOL students.

3 credits

RED 506: The Processes of Reading Comprehension

This course is designed to provide an overview of the nature of reading and the theoretical processes of reading comprehension. It will consist of research, theory, and implications for practice in which components of a comprehension reading program are modeled and demonstrated. Students will make decisions about the instructional strategies for the diverse needs of learners in grades K-12 as they explore current issues in comprehension research and instruction to enable teachers to become more proficient in the teaching of reading.

3 credits

EDU 524: Children’s Literature and Multimedia in the Classroom

Students enrolled in this course will research and learn the various genres of Children’s and Adolescent Literature by means of the Internet and through traditional means (e.g., texts, journals, classroom instruction, etc.). In addition, students will have opportunities to learn the use of various media for the teaching of Children’s and Adolescent Literature (e.g., the computer, video, photography, etc.).

3 credits

EDU 522: Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

This course is designed to prepare students to select, administer, and interpret reading assessments with an emphasis on prevention, identification, and remediation of reading difficulties. More specifically, students will implement and interpret assessment of the five major components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension), and language development and will help to screen, diagnose, and monitor student progress. Students will also identify effective strategies to address needs of at-risk students.

3 credits

RED 510: Reading Practicum

This is a supervised practicum for applicants to obtain practical experience as a reading professional to gain strategic knowledge to improve the literacy performance of a student(s). This course will focus on administration and interpretation of assessments in both literacy and language skills, and the implementation of instructional strategies and materials-based empirical research on literacy and language for the prevention and remediation of reading difficulties.

3 credits



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