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Total program credits needed for graduation: 45

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5842, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses:

Twelve Required Courses, 45 quarter credits

Foundations of Master’s Studies in Education (4 quarter credits)
Assessment and Improvement of Instruction (4 quarter credits)
Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
Classroom Management Strategies (4 quarter credits)
Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap (4 quarter credits)
Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

21 quarter credits

Developing Fluent Readers (3 quarter credits)
Teaching Comprehension Strategies (3 quarter credits)
Assessment-Based Reading Instruction (3 quarter credits)
Sociocultural Context of Reading Instruction (3 quarter credits)
Foundational Theories in Reading Instruction (3 quarter credits)
Reading and Literacy Practicum (6 quarter credits) 

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website ( Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

Learners seeking Minnesota Teacher(s) of Reading endorsement upon completion of the MS in Education specialization in Reading and Literacy must document having completed a minimum of 25 percent of their clinical field work experiences at the elementary level (grades 1–6), the middle level (grades 5–8), and secondary level (grades 9–12). Access to active educational settings is required for all reading and literacy coursework. 

Learners are required to pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) to successfully complete their program. Learners must identify Capella University as a recipient to ensure the score report is sent to the university. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with these examinations.

Arkansas and Kentucky residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

You may be able to fulfill some requirements by completing a professional development course while you are enrolled in your program.

What Can I Expect?

Courses are divided into weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to help reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 866.933.5842, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.