Discover how to develop and nurture a love of reading for students through an online MEd in Literacy Education from Southeastern University.
Designed for working teachers with a bachelor’s degree, our program prepares you for certification in literacy education. Reading is one of the most important skills for students to grasp, and it prepares students to excel in the classroom and future opportunities. Upon graduation, you can advance your career in K-12 public and private schools, as well as at private reading clinics. You’ll have the credentials you need to take the Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination. Learn from faculty who are experts in the field through our challenging program’s flexible online format.
Through our master’s degree in literacy education online program, you’ll explore a variety of areas that will help you develop and nurture reading habits of students, such as:
- Various methods for creating curricula, conducting educational research and working with exceptional students
- Advanced methods for language arts instruction
- Research-based practices for teaching literacy to increase student reading and writing achievement
- Theoretical foundation and modern best practices for content area reading, writing and study skills
- Assessing and measuring reading difficulties
- Organizing and implementing reading programs for PreK-12 students
- Historical development and cognitive fundamentals of reading processes
- Catering to the linguistic and literacy needs of English language learners
To ensure that you’re modeling current methodology in your work, our faculty integrates research-based best practices into the rigorous curriculum. As you are challenged to actively participate and apply the concepts you learn, you will become prepared for the real world of teaching.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
SEU’s master’s degree in reading and literacy online program includes a total of 36 credits. Nine credits make up the core courses, and degree specialization courses total 21 credits. Six credits of graduate-level elective courses in EDUC or TESL are also required.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s MEd in exceptional student education program must:
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a regionally accredited college or university OR
- Hold an official GRE score OR
- Have three years of teaching experience
Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 5023 Curriculum and Diverse Learners This course acquaints teachers with the principles of the Understanding by Design curriculum development model attributed to McTighe and Wiggins. 3 EDUC 5113 Educational Research Candidates will become analytic consumers of qualitative and quantitative research and learn how to conduct research in educational settings. 3 ESED 5313 Foundations of Exceptional Student Education This course is a survey of learner exceptionalities, with particular emphasis on educational legislation and the field of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in the K-12 setting. This course focuses on the foundations of special education and exposes students to the continuous improvement of the field. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits TESL 5003 Developing Literacy with ELLs Through Applied Linguistics This course provides a critical understanding of instructional delivery which caters for the linguistic and literacy needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). This course provides students with the basis to negotiate issues of applied linguistics, critical pedagogy, language varieties, multicultural communities, critical literacy, and reading development. The course explores language uses, dialect and accent, language endangerment, language change, and the core areas of linguistics research: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition. 3 EDUC 5033 Advanced Methods of Teaching Language Arts This course addresses critical topics in teaching reading and language arts in the elementary school. Practicing teachers will review current research on reading and language arts instruction and determine ways research can inform and direct instruction and classroom practice. 3 EDUC 5433 Research-Based Practices in Literacy Instruction This course focuses on evidence-based methods of teaching K-12 literacy instruction that will assist teachers in broadening their repertoire of strategies designed to increase student reading and writing achievement in both literacy and content areas. This course will provide the participant with techniques for implementing a delivery system in the classroom that includes direct and explicit instruction of comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and word study skills through the scaffolding of strategies. 3 EDUC 5553 Measurement and Assessment in Literacy This course examines the administration and interpretation of instructional assessments to include screening, diagnosis, and progress monitoring with purposes of prevention, identification, and differentiation of instruction of reading difficulties. 3 EDUC 5563 Content Area Literacy and Learning This course presents the theoretical foundation and current best practices for content area reading, writing, and study skills. 3 EDUC 5573 Organization and Administration of Literacy Programs This course explores the role of the reading supervisor in organizing and implementing reading programs from grade pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. 3 EDUC 5583 Advanced Foundations in Literacy Education This course investigates the historical development and cognitive foundations of reading processes. Students will review and critique reading research and its implications on classroom practices. 3
Any two graduate-level (5000-plus) courses in EDUC, TESL or ESED.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$375 per credit hour||$13,500|
|Technology Fee||$100 per semester||$400|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have multiple payment options available.Learn More
Our master’s degree in reading and literacy online prepares you for a variety of careers within education, such as:
- Elementary Teacher
- Secondary Teacher
- Reading Coach
- Curriculum Coordinator
- Intensive Reading Teacher
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- Typically, you don’t have to take these exams. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
Benefits of Learning Online
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