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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

Our program is aligned with the International Literacy Association’s 2017 Revised Standards. The following provides alignment for the five major program outcomes that are used for the assessment of students’ mastery.

  • Students will identify and explain various literacy roles using personal experience and relevant research. (ILA Standards 1.4, 6.3, 6.4, 7.4)
  • Students will integrate theory and practice into high-quality literacy instruction by providing concrete examples that support practices. (ILA Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 5.3, 6.2, 7.1)
  • Students will communicate with others using convincing reasoning, concrete examples, and connections to relevant research in order to participate and lead others to focus on culturally-relevant pedagogy. (ILA Standards 2.4, 3.3, 5.1, 5.2)
  • Students will use literacy assessments to support instructional decisions based on current literacy research. (ILA Standards 3.1, 3.2, 4.1)
  • Students will use a scholarly voice to communicate literacy practices in a professional and effective manner that advocates for the professional growth of self and others. (ILA Standards 3.4, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.4, 6.1, 7.2, 7.3)