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Miami University courses in this program provide the very latest in best practices for working with struggling readers, including a supervised practicum. Curricular concepts allow students to explore cultural and linguistic factors that affect literacy development, and research practices that inform assessment and instructional design.

This degree enables you to work as a reading specialist in K-12 schools and serve as a key credential for the 3rd grade reading guarantee.


  • Designed for working classroom teachers
  • Options available for completing the M.Ed. in as little as 1 year
  • All classes are partially online and face to face classes are offered at Miami's Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Miami!

  1. Small class sizes

    Courses in our program average around 12 students. This allows professors and students to build a supportive community in which students feel comfortable sharing their views and exploring other perspectives.

  2. Experiential learning

    Educators will explore immediate and direct connections between theory and practice. Over 100 field hours are embedded into our program. Practicing teachers are able to take new knowledge and implement strategies in their classroom the next day.

  3. High-quality teaching

    Our faculty strive to connect teaching and scholarship to create learning experiences that are not only supported by current research, but also include a direct connection to best practices.

  4. Culturally relevant curriculum

    A main driving force of our program is to provide experiences in which educators can identify the importance of aligning curriculum with the needs of the school community. Our courses explore various cultures and how they play in integral role in language and literacy.

  5. Relationships

    Not only will you build positive working relationships with our faculty, but also with other educators. Our graduates often stay connected with each other, increasing their network of professional educators.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the strengths and limitations of various literacy roles.
  • Students will be able to integrate theory and practice into high-quality literacy instruction.
  • Students will be able to communicate culturally-relevant pedagogy.
  • Students will be able to evaluate literacy assessments for instruction using current literacy research.
  • Students will be able to communicate literacy practices in a professional and scholarly manner.