Education Specialist Certificate (Ed.S.) - Reading

The Education Specialist Program is designed primarily for practitioners in the field who are interested in assuming literacy leadership and curriculum positions within school buildings, school districts, or community agencies and groups.


Admission to the RLL Education Specialist is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; for requirements. Minimum entrance requirements established by the College of Education are:

  1. A master's from an accredited institution.
  2. In general, applicants must present a GPA of 2.75 or above for upper division undergraduate work. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 must have a GPA of 3.4 or above on their master's work.
  3. Fulfillment of the special requirements of the area of concentration in which the student wishes to work.
  4. A minimum of three years of teaching experience or equivalent.

Course Requirements

This certificate program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced work beyond the master's. Additionally, for those who already hold a master's, the K-12 Reading Endorsement can be achieved through this program. Courses constituting the major are determined by the major advisor.

There is no single set of educational standards for this certificate. For those students whose goal is to enter the Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in RLL program, the IRA Standards for Reading Professionals and the NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts are used.


Students in this program complete an individualized plan of work with their advisor when they start their course work.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program may qualify for Title IV funding under the gainful employment act, please check with the Office of Financial Aid.

Details on College of Education Gainful Employment Disclosure - Reading Certificate (K - 12).


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The College of Education educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  


Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, Ph.D.
Associate professor and program coordinator

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