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. 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.
  5. 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 Applications 3
EDUR   7130Educational Research 3


Credit Hours
Core Requirements
EDUR   8131Educational Statistics I 3
EDUR   8231Applied Qualitative Research Methods3
ITEC   8231Transforming Learning with Technology 3
READ   8430Current Research in Trends and Issues in Literacy Education 13
READ   8431Literacy Leaders in Today's Schools3
READ   8530Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations3
Content Specific Requirements 3
EDUR   8434Field-Based Educational Research 43
ESED   8132Curriculum and Instruction 23
READ   8839Field Project in Reading 53
Restricted Electives6
Select 6 credit hours from the following:
Linking Literacy Assessment with Instruction II (field experience required)
Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs
Critical Readings in Reading/Literacy Education
Applied Linguistics for ESOL/TCLD
Total Credit Hours33

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).


Graduate Academic Services Center (GASC)
P.O. Box 8083
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-1447
Fax: (912) 478-5093