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 Georgia level five certificate in an eligible concentration area, or possess an equivalent out-of-state teaching certificate in the concentration area.  Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level five teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain certificate.  Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion. 
  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, 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

Program of Study 

Credit Hours
Core Requirements18
Educational Statistics I
Applied Qualitative Research Methods
Transforming Learning with Technology
Current Research in Trends and Issues in Literacy Education 1
Literacy Leaders in Today's Schools
Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations
Content Specific Requirements 39
Field-Based Educational Research 4
Curriculum and Instruction 2
Field Project in Reading 5
Restricted Electives6
Select 6 credit hours from the following:
Teaching the Literature of Social Reflection
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 students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page. 

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director. 
​Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)