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Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy Online

Develop a solid foundation in literacy theory and learn the skills necessary to help all learners read and write with confidence.

12/20/21 Next Application Due Date
01/03/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

A Snapshot of Our Online MSEd in Reading & Literacy Program

$16,605* Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours

Strong literacy skills are essential for academic success. A Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy online program from Southern Oregon University will provide you with the pedagogical knowledge and skills needed to help your learners increase their literacy skills and set them on the road to success.

In this 100 percent online program, you will explore the science and nature of how people learn to communicate and gain competence in teaching the interactive processes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and thinking across the curriculum. Increase your understanding of reading instruction and assessment with research-validated intervention strategies to meet various learning challenges like dyslexia, social disparities in literacy, while learning to use tools such as assistive technology in literacy that will help you meet the needs of individual learners.

Graduates of this MSEd with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy online program will be able to:

  • acquire a deeper understanding of literacy theories and research;
  • learn methods for using emerging technologies to support students’ reading and writing development; and
  • develop and lead the curriculum, instruction, and assessment of a literacy/reading program that supports all students, including those who primarily speak a language other than English.

Career opportunities include:

  • Literacy Specialist
  • Adult Reading Instructor
  • Community College Instructor
  • Instructional Coach
  • Educational Writer
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Editor or Publisher

SOU is #1 in the “Best Colleges for K-12 Education Degree Programs” rankings in the U.S. by Schools.com, 2020.

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Tuition

Learn More About Our Affordable Tuition

Our MSEd with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students.

$369 Per Credit Hour
$16,605 Total Tuition*

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MSEd with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy Online Program Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy online degree program.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4 Credit Course Per Program
MSEd with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy $369 $1,476 $16,605*

Note: SOU credit hours are quarter hours. 45 SOU hours = 30 semester credit hours.

Fees: There is an $60 application fee and an $85 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

The MSEd with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your degree conveniently in as few as 16 months.

Calendar

Important Dates You Need to Know

The MSEd with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your degree conveniently in as few as 16 months.

Now Enrolling:

12/20/21 Next Application Due Date
01/03/22 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 04/05/21 03/22/21 03/29/21 03/31/21 04/09/21 05/23/21
Summer 1 06/14/21 05/31/21 06/07/21 06/09/21 06/11/21 08/01/21
Summer 2 08/02/21 07/19/21 07/26/21 07/28/21 07/30/21 09/19/21
Fall 09/27/21 09/13/21 09/20/21 10/01/21 10/01/21 11/14/21
Winter 01/03/22 12/20/21 12/27/21 12/29/21 01/07/22 02/20/22
Spring 04/04/22 03/21/22 03/28/22 03/30/22 04/08/22 05/22/22
Summer 1 06/13/22 05/30/22 06/06/22 06/08/22 06/17/22 08/21/22
Summer 2 08/01/22 07/18/22 07/25/22 07/27/22 08/05/22 09/18/22

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Admissions

Steps to Being Admitted to Our Online MSEd in Reading & Literacy Program

The admission process for our MSEd with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy online is simple and streamlined so you can get started right away. Requirements for admission include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
3.0 GPA cumulative on undergraduate coursework
No GRE or teaching license required for admission

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MSEd with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • Applicants whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 may be invited to submit additional materials for a holistic review of their application. Depending on an initial review of your application, you may be asked to provide:
    • An additional explanation of your intentions in pursuing the degree and a description of your readiness to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • Two or three letters of recommendation speaking to your ability to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • GRE scores of at least 145 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing [email protected].

Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:

  • U.S. citizen or national;
  • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.

Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which have not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
  • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Have a question? Call us at 800-490-7974.

Courses

Read All About the Topics You’ll Study in Our Online MSEd in Reading & Literacy Program

The MSEd with a Concentration in Reading and Literacy online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (45 credit hours), including 25 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of concentration courses.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores issues in education and the context in which they exist. Examines, analyzes and applies concepts in professional ethics and policies, foundational philosophies, research, leadership, and contemporary issues within their focused area of education. Learners will engage in a comprehensive review of research materials available for advanced studies in education. The intent of this course is to guide graduate learners in exploring the purpose of research, to answer questions and acquire new knowledge, thereby making important and valuable contributions to the various fields within the discipline of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the necessary skills to become critical consumers of research related to their work. Learners will be introduced to a variety of research approaches common to the field of education. Learners will be able to evaluate, and interpret qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and action research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on the development of culturally responsive discourse and practices in the workplace. Explores how cultural perspectives, experiences and histories shape individuals who work and learn together as members of groups. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance, respect, and teamwork despite differences in race, identity, gender, age, ability, class, language, religion, or communication styles. Students will develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competence to promote positive and productive relationships in diverse contexts. They will learn to lead and collaborate effectively, to interact thoughtfully, to address barriers of bias, discrimination, and inequity, and to champion inclusive strategies that engage and integrate people of different identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Translate learning theory, innovative curricular design and 21st century skills into instructional decisions and practice. Engages learners in applying 21st century knowledge and skills to instructional decisions and practices. Introduces learners to learning theory and innovative curricular design. Challenges learners to perform a comprehensive examination of the processes, content, and assessments related to the spectrum of curriculum areas to their professional arena.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

Learners will be guided through the development of their Master’s proposal, including the IRB process. Provides learners the opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to their area of concentration. May not be repeated for additional credit.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Students are guided through the development of a professional portfolio. Provides students the opportunity to analyze, reflect and demonstrate their skills and expertise in their content knowledge and professional writing specific to their area of concentration. Prerequisite(s): restricted to MSEd. Graded (A-F) only.

You must take five of the following courses for a total of 20 credit hours. One must be a choice between ED 544A or ED 545A.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Introduces teachers to the foundations of literacy. Examines the factors that influence literacy learning and analyzes core understandings about the nature of reading. Emphasizes consensus research findings and explores how these are translated into best practices in the classroom.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Develops competence in teaching the interactive processes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and thinking across the curriculum. Focuses on strategies for teaching students of varied backgrounds and abilities (Grades 3-12). For students in grades 3-12 to be successful in the content areas they must be able to read and comprehend various informational texts and write for different purposes and audiences. This course provides teachers with the tools to improve student achievement in the content areas through the developmentally appropriate integration of literacy strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips teachers with a range of effective instructional methodologies for facilitating ELL students' learning. Examines innovative materials for developing culturally appropriate learning experiences. Presents approaches to instruction in specific content areas (reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies). Examines and integrates the use of current technology to enhance instruction for ELLs.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores theories on how first and second languages are learned and acquired. Considers the importance of the early development of a first language and the relationship of this development to the acquisition of other languages promoting academic literacy. Investigates the relationship of the four domains of language to cognitive and cultural development for all learners. Focuses on how culture manifests itself in school settings and provides a foundation for understanding methods and strategies to ensure that each student's own cultural experiences are reflected and validated in classroom learning experiences.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Provides teachers an understanding of issues related to reading instruction and assessment. Practicing educators are provided research-validated strategies and assessment tools to inform instruction, meet the needs of individual learners, and develop an understanding of the issues related to effective reading instruction. Focuses on the integral relationship between informal classroom assessments and effective instructional strategies within the context of a balanced reading approach.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores the role of the reading specialist as a teacher and school literacy leader; how curriculum is developed; the role of coach, supervisor, and professional developer; and the role of a reading advocate for all students. (Many assignments are designed to be implemented in a school setting. If you are not currently teaching, you will need to find a school that will allow you to talk with the reading specialist and a few classroom teachers.)

Mohammad Zamani

Mohammad Zamani

"The [MSEd] program is helping me ground and develop some of the ideas I already have in legitimate theories, processes and ideals accepted in the pedagogical community. It's also giving me that legitimacy I was missing beforehand.”

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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