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Online Graduate Certificate in Reading Education at KU.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Reading Education

The online graduate certificate in reading education* builds on your existing educational experience, allowing you to focus on improving the reading outcomes of students in your classes even if you teach in another field such as math or science. The online graduate certificate in reading education is a compact program that can be completed in less than a year, and it is ideal for those who already have a master's degree but want to improve the quality of their classroom.

Built on the Standards for Reading Professionals of the International Reading Association, the KU online reading education graduate certificate program teaches you proven strategies for establishing strong foundations in reading and writing for PK-12 students. Throughout the program, you will explore the developmental stages of reading and writing and will learn how to approach various learning situations. Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment can be seen here.

Program Details
  • 6 courses, 8 weeks per course, 18 credit hours
  • Complete in as few as 8 to 10 months
  • Opportunity to apply practical approaches grounded in pedagogical theory through interactions with children and youth in your own community
  • Learn from renowned faculty with extensively published research and diverse real-world experience
  • Curriculum based on the Standards for Reading Professionals of the International Literacy Association
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere, through our innovative online format
  • Track your research and share with classmates in the online Reading Room
  • No GRE required for admission

  • If admitted to the master's program in reading education, these credit hours will count toward the degree

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What You’ll Learn

The online graduate certificate in reading education program builds a strong understanding of the foundations of reading and literacy. You'll explore how to connect with striving readers from pre-kindergarten through individuals, including individuals with reading disabilities, and you'll learn strategies to help students with reading, writing, spelling and research, including methods to integrate language arts skills into other classes.

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

Although this online graduate certificate program is not intended to prepare you for additional licensure, it can have a measurable impact on your career as a teacher. You will be prepared to inspire better outcomes in your students' literacy levels, and you'll gain a credential that can demonstrate to current or prospective employers that you are dedicated to being the best teacher you can be.

*This online graduate certificate does not lead to initial licensure nor any licensure endorsement in the state of Kansas.

Note: In order to enroll in this program, a bachelor's degree is required. No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and licensure officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

Next Start

August 26
Fall 2019 Term


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