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Transform the lives of children by inspiring a love for reading. The online master’s in Reading and Literacy develops a comprehensive skill set to help students read and write with confidence. This degree is designed to engage K–12 teachers with the latest developments in theory, practice, assessment, reflection, and collaboration for reading and literature instruction. We meet state-approved standards from the Minnesota Board of Teaching, using the Standards of Effective Practice and Teachers of Reading. Take the next step in your career as an educator and make a lasting impact in reading and literacy.
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Developing Fluent Readers
Learners in this course for P–12 classroom teachers analyze educational principles relevant to the physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development of P–12 students. Learners examine ways to foster development of fluency and prosody skills, including word recognition, vocabulary, and comprehension. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning except by coursework from Minnesota schools with approved licensure programs.
|3 quarter credits|
Teaching Comprehension Strategies
In this course designed for education professionals, learners investigate the content literacy needs of all middle school students. Learners develop knowledge in reading theory, instructional practices, and comprehension strategies needed to develop independent readers and writers. Learners apply practices in differentiated instruction, addressing diversity, and digital technology that will translate into effective literacy instruction. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED5551. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning except by coursework from Minnesota schools with approved licensure programs.
|3 quarter credits|
Sociocultural Context of Reading Instruction
The focus of this course for education professionals is to create a community in which student literacy extends beyond the classroom and includes family and society. Learners develop reading curriculum, strategies, and materials to use in a variety of sociocultural contexts that will enhance secondary students’ comprehension of and appreciation for narrative and informational texts. This course has a required clinical practice experience and learners will need access to secondary classroom grades 9–12. Prerequisite(s): ED5551. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from Minnesota schools with approved licensure programs.
|3 quarter credits|
Foundational Theories in Reading Instruction
In this course for P–12 classroom teachers, learners develop a case study based on an analysis of how effectively their school or district’s literacy program meets the needs of their diverse population of students. Using reading theory, research, best practices and resources provided by professional organizations, learners make recommendations for ways to teach literacy reading and writing across the curriculum. Learners also develop a yearlong professional development plan as part of their research. Prerequisite(s): ED5551. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning except by coursework from Minnesota schools with approved licensure programs.
|3 quarter credits|
Reading and Literacy Practicum
This course is the required capstone course for learners in the master’s Reading and Literacy specialization and is taken after completing all required coursework. Learners complete an 80-hour practicum and review the master’s P–12 Educator Preparation Program (EPP) outcomes and state-approved reading standards in preparation for developing a final portfolio that demonstrates proficiency in reading and literacy. For MS Reading and Literacy learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and the completion, submission, and approval of a practicum application. Please refer to practicum and internship Campus resource pages for information regarding application due dates and site and supervisor guidelines. ED5010, ED5501, ED5500, ED5503, ED5504, ED5006, ED5551, ED5552, ED5553, ED5554, ED5555. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.
|6 quarter credits|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
As part of the CAEP-accredited Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) unit, this specialization provides reading classroom teachers the opportunity to gain research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective K–12 classroom reading and literacy instruction. The program covers theory, practice and assessment, reflection, and collaboration—including onsite clinical experiences and classroom observations in K–12 educational settings. The competencies taught in the coursework and field experiences reflect state and national standards. The Reading and Literacy specialization is state-approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching using the Standards of Effective Practice and the Teachers of Reading standards.
*Capella University's Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. CAEP, 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-0077.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$460 per credit, 45 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees). Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2020–2021
“The field of education is constantly changing, so as a teacher, I need to constantly be learning as much as I can to stay on the top of my game, and then give my students the best education that I can.”
Michelle Emerson* – Master of Education graduate
*Actual FlexPath graduate compensated for appearing in Capella promotional materials.
Capella University's Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. ( CAEP , 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-0077)
Additional information regarding offerings in the CAEP-accredited EPP at Capella may be found here .
It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state.
Applicants to the MSEd in Reading and Literacy program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
Learn more about international student admissions.
Our programs are designed to meet the unique needs of a master’s student. We’ve structured the experience in manageable pieces to help you earn your degree with support from faculty, staff and online resources.
Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MSEd in Reading and Literacy.
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Employment settings to explore
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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