Education Specialist in Reading Education

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Education Specialist
Total Credit Hours 33

Program Description

If you currently possess or are eligible for a Professional Level Five Certificate in Reading Education and are interested in pursuing graduate preparation beyond a Master’s degree, this is the program for you! The Ed.S. in Reading Education is designed to meet the current demands of teachers in grades K-12 and is offered fully online. You will complete content-specific requirements in reading education.

This 33-semester-hour program is unique in that it will provide you with opportunities to:

  • Collaborate with others across disciplines.
  • Explore teacher leadership opportunities and develop your leadership skills.
  • Apply and extend your content knowledge and pedagogical skills through the examination of curriculum and instruction issues and research.
  • Continue to develop your technology skills.
  • Develop skills using technology to impact and assess.
  • Conduct action research related to reading education.

Admissions Information

  1. Complete the requirements for a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a Georgia level five certificate in an eligible concentration area, or possess an equivalent out-of-state teaching certificate in the concentration area. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level five teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion.
  3. Present a 3.25 or higher GPA on all graduate work attempted.
  4. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  5. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

Prerequisite Coursework: EDUF 7130 – Learning Theories and Applications and EDUR 7130 – Educational Research

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of coursework after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES-accredited evaluation service and must be a course-by-course evaluation and include a GPA. (

Program Accreditation

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation