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Reading and Literacy Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

Inspire a Lifelong Love of Reading

When you teach a child to read, you change a child’s life forever. Capella's online master's in education, reading, and literacy degree helps you give children the gift of literacy, and to learn to assess and adapt curriculum to help students with diverse learning styles and reading levels. This degree is designed to expose K-12 teachers to the latest in theory, practice, assessment, reflection, and collaboration for reading and literature instruction.  

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Practicum

Classes Start March 4th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Use Proven Approaches

Instruct through the use of reading and literacy strategies 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.

Build Your Professionalism

Demonstrate the professional dispositions needed to be an effective reading and literature teacher.

MS in Education, Reading and Literacy Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

State-Approved Standards

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

National Standards

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

Professional Development Plan

To help you focus on achieving your goals and stay on track, you can create a professional development plan in your first course. 

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$453 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.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

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. 

Reduce Your Tuition with $3K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $3K.

Transfer Credits

Depending on the program and school, you may be able to apply transfer credits to your Capella education.


These need-based federal education funds never need to be repaid.

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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED5551 Developing Fluent Readers
ED5554 Sociocultural Context of Reading Instruction
ED5555 Foundational Theories in Reading Instruction

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

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

FlexPath Coaches

Coaches guide and cheer you on as you move from enrollment to graduation. They help you understand your program, answer questions, and offer encouragement.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing Support

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

Reading and Literacy Career Insights

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Move Forward in Your Career

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

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*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Adult basic education director
  • Coordinator of reading or literacy program
  • Curriculum specialist
  • K-12 teacher
  • Reading or literacy coach
  • Reading specialist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Adult education program
  • Alternative school
  • Charter school
  • Community or technical college
  • Continuing education program
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • Nonprofit organization
  • K-12 private school
  • K-12 public school
  • Preschool program
  • School district

*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.

Other Programs to Explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

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