Reading Specialist - K/12
M.Ed. and Certification Programs Offered
M.Ed. Reading Specialist, K-12
This track allows you to apply your studies in reading with a comprehensive Learning Communities Curriculum to earn your Master of Education with a Reading Specialist emphasis. This track typically takes one to two years to complete. Classes are offered on evenings and/or weekends during Fall and Spring semesters and during the day in the Summer.
The Master of Education with the Reading Specialist emphasis is 30-39 hours depending upon grade level of licensure.
Education Core Courses (12 Hours)
EDU 6040 Leadership and Learning in Organizations 3
EDU 6050 Facilitating Learning in Organizations 3
EDU 6060 Concepts of Learning Communities 3
EDU 6070 Research and Assessment in Learning Communities 3
Program Emphasis (12 Hours)
EDU 5240 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties - 3
EDU 5250 Practicum in Reading - 3
EDU 5260 Reading Specialist Resource Teacher - 3
EDU 5040 Literature for Children and Adolescents - 3
EDU 5020 Literacy I* - 3
EDU 5030 Literacy II** - 3
EDU 5270 Literacy Across the Secondary Curriculum*** - 3
THESIS (3 Hours)
EDU 6900 Thesis - 3
TOTAL HOURS (30-39 Hours)
* Completed at Belmont as part of initial ECE or middle Grade licensure (Pre K 3-4 , 4-8, K-6)
** Completed at Belmont as part of initial ECE or Middle Grades licensure. (Pre K 3-4 , 4-8, K-6)
*** Completed at Belmont as part of initial secondary licensure. (7-12, K-12)
Reading Specialist Certification Program – K/12
The Reading Specialist Program is designed for licensed teachers who want certification as a Reading Specialist.
Certification Only: This track typically takes one year to complete. The classes are offered on evenings and/or weekends during Fall and Spring semesters and during the day in the Summer.
Credit hours for certification may range from 15 to 21 depending on the area of licensure (PreK-3 and 4, K-6, 4-8, 7-12, K-12) as well as previous coursework.
For more information contact Dr. Rachael Flynn-Hopper.
“Belmont’s Reading Specialist Endorsement Program has been a wonderful experience for myself- from working with the professors, to the program aligning to my beliefs in literacy. Belmont has truly enhanced my knowledge in literacy across the grade levels.”
- Debbie Key
Literacy Coach, Heritage Elementary School
"I really enjoyed attending Belmont University for my M.Ed. and Reading Specialist Certification. I liked the small classes and the individualized help that the professors were able to provide. The reading classes I took helped provide more insight into reading behaviors and how to help the students become readers at my school."
- Stacey Elkins
Reading Specialist, McGavock Elementary School