Reading & Literacy MS in Education

Master of Science in Education

Give children the gift of literacy

Transform the lives of children by inspiring a love of reading. Our CAEP-accredited* online master’s in reading and literacy program provides tools to teach students to read with understanding and write with confidence. This degree is designed to expose K-12 teachers to the latest 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.

*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.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 6 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 1 Practicum

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Master’s in Reading and Literacy program highlights

State-approved standards

Capella meets state-approved standards from the Minnesota Board of Teaching, using the Standards of Effective Practice and Teachers of Reading.

Professionally aligned curriculum

This program was designed to meet national standards for the skills, knowledge, and dispositions required of reading teachers.

Professional development plan

Create a professional development plan in your first course to help you focus on achieving your goals and stay on track.

Use proven approaches

Teach reading and literacy through strategies designed for student achievement.

Apply your knowledge

Use the research and theory you learn, and apply it in a classroom setting.

Use assessments effectively

Integrate reading and literacy assessments to improve student achievement.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$455 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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Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Understanding professional licensure

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.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$3K toward your master's

Apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our prior learning assessment process.

Master's in Education sample courses

The master’s in education, reading, and literacy curriculum focuses on the analysis, skill development, instructional strategies, and instructional technologies used for reading instruction.

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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 prior learning assessment except by coursework from Minnesota schools with approved licensure programs.

3 quarter credits
ED5554 *
Sociocultural Context of Reading Instruction

The focus of this course for P–12 teachers 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 P–12 students’ comprehension of and appreciation for narrative and expository texts. This course requires access to educational settings, programs, and/ or practitioners with a focus on secondary classroom grades 9-12. Prerequisite(s): ED5551. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment except by coursework from Minnesota schools with approved licensure programs.

3 quarter credits
ED5555 *
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 prior learning assessment except by coursework from Minnesota schools with approved licensure programs.

3 quarter credits
ED5559 *
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 a 45-hour practicum and review the master’s P–12 Professional Education Unit (PEU) outcomes and state-approved reading standards in preparation for developing a final portfolio that demonstrates proficiency in reading and literacy. 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 School of Education Clinical Practice Application. ED5501, ED5500, ED5503, ED5504, ED5006, ED5551, ED5552, ED5553, ED5554, ED5555. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Gain expertise in inspiring students to embrace the power of reading.

  • Develop the tools to lead and manage reading and literacy programs and operations.
  • Use a variety of assessment tools and practices to evaluate effective reading instruction.
  • Promote professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.
  • Use an array of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and materials to lead reading and writing instruction initiatives.
  • Create an environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating your knowledge, practices, and assessments.
  • Possess the knowledge, skills, and spirit to work successfully with diverse learners, their families, and other professionals.

Prepare for licensure

Our program features rigorous online coursework plus added support outside the courseroom to help you begin work immediately toward that next step in your career.

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation. 

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

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Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

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Reading and Literacy professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online master's in education, reading, and literacy degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading intervention teacher
  • Reading or literacy coach
  • Instructional coach
  • Reading coordinator
  • Reading supervisor
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 virtual or charter school
  • Adult education program
  • Continuing education program
  • Land-based or online college or university

*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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