Childhood & Exceptional Student Education

Program Overview

Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Reading Specialist Education

Program Features

The Master of Education in Reading Specialist Education (MED-RSE) program provides an in-depth study of the teaching of reading and writing to students in all grades. It is geared to the new Common Core Georgia Performance Standards that emphasize literacy skills across content areas. Studies show that teaching reading improves the learning of writing and teaching writing improves the learning of reading.

The program is aligned with the International Reading Association (IRA) Standards for Reading Professionals, Revised as well as the Standards for Literacy Coaches.

Program Outcomes

The Armstrong program meets the following goals:

  • Develop reading specialists who have a deep understanding of literacy and best practices for improving literacy skills.
  • Develop highly skilled reading specialists who can
    • serve a broad spectrum of constituencies.
    • serve the literacy skills needs of individuals within the Armstrong service area in southeast Georgia.
    • reduce school dropouts resulting from limited mastery of literacy skills.
    • prevent early learning difficulties that may ultimately lead to school failure.
    • support area communities' efforts to improve the literacy skills of their citizenry.
    • support efforts to increase the literacy skills of the area’s labor force.

Courses & Requirements

The program of study consists of 11 online courses totaling 34 semester hours in a cohort format.  This means all candidates will start the program at the same time, take the same designated courses each semester and complete the program at the same time.

You may begin this program in any semester. Please see the course rotation schedule for semester specific details.

Reading Endorsement

When you complete this program, you will also earn a reading endorsement that can be added to your teaching certificate.  If you already completed the reading endorsement coursework at Armstrong, you can have the three courses count toward this degree.  If you completed a reading endorsement elsewhere may be able to transfer two courses (six semester hours) toward the MED-RSE degree.


Courses & Requirements