Reading Specialist, M.Ed.


Contact: Lisa K. Richardson, Ph.D.
(907) 796-6435

The M.Ed. in Reading program is designed specifically to deepen P-12 teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge with the aim of improved student literacy achievement. This program is delivered in face-to-face and e-Learning formats so that it is possible to complete the degree while teaching in your own district. Technological tools facilitate course delivery, communication, and research. Enhancements include streamed video, braided discussions, audio conferencing, video reflections, and use of Internet resources. Students in the master’s reading program focus on developmental, cognitive, and socio­cultural aspects of reading acquisition, instruction, and assessment. Professional and caring attitudes and beliefs about teaching lead to responsive and rigorous instruction in reading and literacy for all P-12 students, including those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Accomplished teaching professionals promote collaboration with students, colleagues, parents, families, and the larger community to improve literacy learning and student achievement in their contexts. Students prepare an exit portfolio in line with the goals of the School of Education and the program standards of the International Reading Association to demonstrate levels of knowledge and pedagogy commensurate with the skills and dispositions of highly competent advanced teaching professionals. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

The UAS Reading Specialist program has gained national recognition by the International Reading Association since 2004.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00.
  3. Two general recommendations written on UAS provided form by former or current professors, employers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work and performance.
  4. Writing assessment: 2-3 page typewritten, double-spaced formal paper containing a summary of your educational experiences, a description of professional goals related to what is needed to teach Alaska’s students and those beyond and a statement of how the program might help in attaining those goals. This statement will be judged in terms of readability and style as well as compatibility of the student’s objectives, expectations and goals of the program.
  5. Statement of ability to do field experience.
  6. A copy of current teaching or administrative certificate.

Additional information and links to forms at:

Minimum Credit Hours33
Program Requirements33
Program Requirements
ED S626Classroom Research3
EDET S628Technology in Instructional Design3
EDRE S671Language, Reading and Culture3
EDRE S674Developing Reading, ECE-123
EDRE S675Reading and Cognition3
EDRE S676Reading Instruction and Assessment I3
EDRE S677Reading Instruction and Assessment II3
EDRE S678Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers at All Levels3
EDRE S679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDRE S696Reading Teacher As Leader 13
EDRE S698Master's Research Project or Portfolio3
Total Credits33

Must pass EDRE S696 with a B or higher to graduate

Recommendation for certification will be issued upon completion of the above coursework. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development grants the endorsement upon completion of the Institutional Recommendations and the required fee from the student. Students must be accepted into the graduate certificate program.