Reading Education (K-12) Ed.S. (Online)

Degree Requirements: 33 Credit Hours

Certificate upgrade information: The educator who holds a level five certificate in Reading, Middle Grades Reading, Early Childhood Education, or Special Education with a cognitive area in Reading will qualify for a level six certificate upgrade upon successful completion of all program requirements.

Admission Requirements


  1. Complete requirements for a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a level five certificate. Candidates who have completed all eligibility requirements for the Professional Level Five Certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate.
  3. Present a 3.25 or higher GPA on all graduate work attempted.
  4. Present current official report from the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) showing competitive scores. Applicants with a Georgia Southern University graduate degree showing a GPA of 3.5 or higher within the previous seven (7) years may exempt the GRE test requirement.
  5. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.


Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of “B” or higher in their first nine (9) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Prerequisite Coursework

Credit Hours
EDUF   7130Learning Theories and Applications3
EDUR   7130Educational Research3


Credit Hours
Core Requirements
EDUR   8131Educational Statistics I3
ESED   5233GApplied Linguistics: ESOL3
ESED   8130Research on Current Trends and Issues 13
ESED   8131Teacher Leadership 23
ITEC   8231Transforming Learning with Technology3
Content Specific Requirements 3
EDUR   8434Field-Based Educational Research 43
ESED   8132Curriculum and Instruction 23
READ   8839Field Project in Reading 53
Restricted Elective
Select 3 credit hours from the following:3
Selected Topics in Reading
Literacy Assessment and Correction II (field experience required)
Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs
Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations
Critical Readings in Reading/Literacy Education
Practicum in Literacy Instruction
Select 6 credit hours of Electives6
Total Credit Hours33

Must be taken during the first nine (9) credits; Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Ed.S. in Reading Education.


Prerequisite(s): Research on Current Trends and Issues (ESED   8130) or concurrently enrolled.


Ed.S. candidates must complete the Content Specific Requirements in Reading Education.


Prerequisite(s): Educational Statistics I (EDUR   8131), Research on Current Trends and Issues (ESED   8130), Teacher Leadership (ESED   8131), Curriculum and Instruction (ESED   8132), Transforming Learning with Technology (ITEC   8231)


Prerequisite(s): Educational Statistics I (EDUR   8131), Field-Based Educational Research (EDUR   8434), Research on Current Trends and Issues (ESED   8130), Teacher Leadership (ESED   8131), Curriculum and Instruction (ESED   8132), Transforming Learning with Technology (ITEC   8231)

Other Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of the Ed.S. Comprehensive Exit Assessment; involves constituting a three faculty advisory committee to guide field study, and requires the completion and oral presentation of a major field-based action research paper.

  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.

  • Maintain an active account with the COE electronic data management system.

  • Claim Georgia Southern University as your program provider in your My PSC Account during your first term of enrollment (see information under My PSC Account in Graduate Catalog, College of Education).


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading
Dr. Michael Moore
P. O. Box 8144
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-0211
Fax: (912) 478-5382