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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

M.S. Reading

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Reading education works best when it holds to high international standards.

It works best when it honors diversity.

Earn your master's degree in reading from Minnesota State Mankato, and practice reading education the way it works best.

If you're a teacher or administrator interested in the latest evidence-based findings in reading instruction for K-12 students, then our program is for you. Our knowledgeable and committed professors teach cutting-edge theory and practice, so students are prepared to plan, implement, and assess effective classroom, building, and district-wide reading programs in ways that make measurable differences for K-12 students.

Our program goes beyond what you'll find at other universities - we focus on the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse readers, the need for Response to Intervention, and content area reading. While you work toward your master's degree, you fulfill some of the requirements for coursework for Minnesota K-12 reading licensure.

You'll find the program flexible enough to accommodate your schedule, whether you're currently working as a teacher or in another field. Courses are offered on-line.

At Minnesota State Mankato, you'll find unique course content in the following areas:

  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Literacy for culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Content area reading instruction
  • Strong emphasis in the link between assessment and instruction
  • Leadership in reading

You'll also graduate ready to meet the Standards for Reading Professionals established by the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee of the International Reading Association, summarized below:

  • Standard 1: Foundational Knowledge Candidates have knowledge of foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  • Standard 2: Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Materials Candidates use a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction.
  • Standard 3: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.
  • Standard 4: Creating A Literate Environment Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge use of instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
  • Standard 5: Professional Development Candidates view professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility