Master of Education in Reading Education

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

The master’s in Reading Education online program (M.Ed.) combines theory with practice and prepares its graduates for the fast changing world of literacy preparation at all levels, PK-12. Reading is essential to each student’s growth, and educators who are passionate about literacy can help children take the steps they need to become successful, independent readers.

Candidates will qualify for a level 5 Georgia certificate upgrade upon completing all degree requirements. Although not required for degree conferral, candidates who want the field of Reading Specialist added to their teaching certificate must achieve a passing score on the required GACE Content Assessment for Reading Education. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule and complete the GACE Content Assessment for Reading if they wish to have the field of ‘Reading Specialist’ added to their teaching certificate.

Candidates entering the program with a level 4 certificate in Elementary Education or Middle Grades Reading Education will receive a level 5 in-field certificate upgrade upon successful completion of all program requirements. If these students wish to add Reading Education as a new field to their certificate, they must successfully complete all program requirements, achieve a passing score on the required GACE Content Assessment for Reading Education, and apply for and successfully add the Reading Education Program to the educator’s GaPSC certificate.

Read more about our program standards to see how you will be READY to provide instructional support for teaching reading/literacy to classroom teachers and paraprofessionals.

Earn a degree at one of the most dynamic master’s programs in Reading Education!

Admissions Information

  1. Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a Georgia level four or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching 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 four teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  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.

Provisional Admission

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) credit 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

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation