M.Ed. Literacy/Reading Specialist

Program Features
8-week Courses
100% Online
33 Credit Hours Required

Earning an M.Ed. in Literacy/Reading/ESL from Concordia University, Nebraska equips you with the knowledge you need to empower your classroom and instill a lifelong love of reading and writing in your students. 

With an online M.Ed. in Literacy/Reading/ESL, you will: 

  • Enhance your teaching skills and equip you to encourage and support your students’ successful learning of reading and writing. 
  • Understand the psychological foundations of youth language and literacy development. 
  • Learn how to effectively assess students’ abilities and develop methods for intervention and learning assistance. 
  • Have the option to focus your studies on an area that fits your passions with a reading specialist endorsement or ESL endorsement. 


$425 per credit hour
standard rate
$340 per credit hour
special rate*

*Special rate: Those who work in a Lutheran institution, members of Lutheran congregations, alumni of any Concordia University System (CUS) school or Nebraska residents1

Lowest price among CUS schools and in Nebraska


Equip Students with the Tools They Need to Master Reading and Writing 

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Program Highlights


With a Master of Education degree in Literacy/Reading/ESL from Concordia University, you’ll find a distinctive blend of faith-based training and real-world experience. You’ll also: 

  • Understand and support struggling students with teaching methods and practices that reflect Christ’s light and prepare kids for a future of success. 
  • Choose an emphasis area and teaching endorsement that fits your unique interests or needs in the classroom, including reading specialist or ESL endorsements. 
    • M.Ed. Literacy Emphasis with Reading Specialist Endorsement (33 hours) 
    • M.Ed. Literacy Emphasis with Reading Specialist & ESL Endorsements (48 hours) 
    • Reading Specialist Endorsement (30 hours) 
    • ESL Endorsement (15 hours + 45-hour practicum) 


Learn from education experts who bring faith, years of experience and specialized knowledge to the classroom. 

Meet the faculty


Lauren H.

I entered this program feeling like I had no idea how to best meet the needs of my most struggling readers. This program was exactly what it says it is. I have gained tools, strategies, assessments, and more that I can take into the classroom and help my students become better readers from whatever point they are starting at.

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Information sessions run approximately 20 minutes. During these meetings, we will discuss the program formats, application process, financial aid, payment plans and questions that you may have.


Concordia's online master's degree in Literacy/Reading/ESL is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 


Degree Goals

A Literacy/Reading/ESL graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • Understand the psychological, sociological and linguistic theoretical base of literacy education. 
  • Effectively teach writing to PK–12 students. 
  • Assess and design learning strategies for students with literacy difficulties and from varying backgrounds. 
  • Develop, plan and implement case studies to help children with special needs. 

Career Outcomes


  • Help students who may be struggling with reading and writing to accomplish their academic goals by supporting the improvement of their literacy skills. 
  • Evaluate and assess students, learning styles, curriculum planning, and intervention methods. 


  • Create individualized improvement plans and work one-on-one with students who may be struggling with reading and writing. 
  • Offer guidance and counseling to educators by teaching assessment and intervention skills, creating teaching materials and facilitating professional development.  


  • Lead the design and development of literacy curriculum within a school or across a school district. 
  • Help advance curriculum content and improve the overall effectiveness of instruction in schools.  


  • Work with schools, teachers, and parents to provide support for students struggling with reading and writing. 
  • Work as an independent consultant to coach students and/or support their classroom learning. 


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1Discounted rate does not apply to course-only options.