Reading Specialist (MED)

Graduate Program (MEd)

It's true that the more you read, the more you learn. The Master of Education in Reading enhances the unique opportunity teachers and reading specialists have to influence our youth to become lifelong readers–and in turn–lifelong learners.


Applications are accepted throughout the year from students with a bachelor's degree and a solid academic background. You may begin the program in the summer, fall or spring term.

To apply, submit the following application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission.

  • The online graduate application
  • One official transcript sent directly from the college/university of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework to
    Xavier University
    Admission Processing Center
    3800 Victory Parkway
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131
    Electronic transcripts to
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required starting in Summer 2020. If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.

Applications are processed immediately upon receiving all of the necessary materials, and you will be notified of your status as soon as possible. The admission committee considers all of the information contained in the admission application, including prior grades, test scores and evidence of potential for success in graduate study.

Test Waiver Option

*All graduate students wishing to pursue their first (initial) teaching license at Xavier University are required to take the GRE.

Applicants to Graduate Programs in the School of Education Must Have:

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university AND
  • Admission test score

Test score may be waived under one of the following conditions:

  • State licensed teacher
  • Pursuing a M.Ed. or M.S.Ed. without licensure
  • Pursuing a principal or administration license
  • Pursuing a second license or endorsement
  • Pursuing a Montessori teaching credential only

*International students may have additional application requirements. See International Graduate Admissions for more information.

**This applies to all Graduate Degree Programs in the School of Education, excluding Human Resource Development and Leadership Studies.

For questions regarding the application process, e-mail the Office of Graduate Admission at

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These prerequisites are required if a candidate for the degree does not have a valid teaching certificate or current teaching license.

Course Name Credit Hours
EDRE 312 / 512  Reading Methods for Early Childhood 3
EDRE 314 / 514  Reading Methods for Middle Childhood 3
EDRE 471 / 671  Content Area Literacy 3
An undergraduate course in children's literature or adolescent literature. 3

In addition, the graduate candidate must have (or be in the process of completing) a valid teaching certificate or license.

Core Requirements

The following 9 hours of core courses are required for the M.Ed. degree.

Course Name Credit Hours
EDFD 500  History and Philosophy of American Education 3
EDFD 505  Organization of Educational Systems in the U.S. 3
EDFD 507  Educational Research 2
EDFD 508  Educational Research Paper 1

Content Requirements

Twenty-one (21) hours of graduate coursework are required for both the reading endorsement and the M.Ed in Reading. Fifteen (15) hours are required in current reading content and research. And six (6) hours chosen from the list of Electives.

Course Name Credit Hours
EDRE 569  Phonics and Foundations of Literacy 3
EDRE 671  Content Area Literacy 3
EDRE 672  Theories of Reading 3
EDRE 678  Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities 3
EDRE 679  Practicum in Reading


Choose Courses from the List Below to Complete the Required 21 Hours:

Course Name Credit Hours
EDCH 324/524 Children's Literature/Early Childhood (or its equivalent) 3
EDCH 326/526 Children's Literature/Middle Childhood (or its equivalent, fall only) 3
EDCH 501 Advanced Children's Literature 3
EDCH 305/505 Storytelling as a Cultural Craft 3
EDCH 315/515 Adolescent Literature (spring and summer only) 3
EDCH 320/520 Multicultural Literature for Children/Young Adults 3
EDCH 528 Topics in Children's Literature 3
EDEL 351/651 Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners 3
EDME 562 Phonics and Orton Gillingham 3
EDRE 675 Current Research in Reading (fall only) 3
EDRE 676 Teaching the Writing Process (Gr. 4-12) (spring only) 3
EDRE 685 Teaching Reading to Children with Special Needs (summer only) 3

Students completing their studies for the M.Ed. in Reading must pass a comprehensive examination and must be able to write knowledgeably on the following areas of reading: literacy development, balanced reading and writing programs, reading theory, content area literacy, and diagnosis and remediation of reading.

Please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor for additional information. You may contact the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy at 513-745-3797 or to schedule the appointment.

Sample Courses

EDFD 500 - History and Philosophy of American Education

EDFD 505 - Organization of Educational Systems in the U.S.

EDFD 507 - Educational Research

EDFD 508 - Educational Research Paper

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MEd and Non-degree Licensure/Endorsement Students $570
Catholic School Rate $360
Offsite $485
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2020-2021 academic year, and include classes from Summer 2020 though Spring 2021. For the full, official listing, please visit Xavier University reserves the right to correct any computational or clerical errors.

99% of our teaching licensure students pass their state exams.


of our teaching licensure students pass their state exams.



30 credit hours are required for the master's degree consisting of 9 hours in core courses plus 21 hours of concentration course electives.


Choose courses in reading, language arts and children's literature.


Licensed teachers who want to add the Ohio Reading Endorsement may pursue it separately or at the same time as the MEd.

Reading Program Design

  • The Master of Education in Reading is designed for teachers and other reading professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of the reading process with current theory and research.
  • Reading teachers learn how to help students of all ages become effective, strategic readers who read and write enthusiastically and purposefully.
  • Some of the courses that can be chosen as electives include Advanced Children's Literature, Storytelling as a Cultural Craft, Phonics and Orton Gillingham, and Teaching Reading to Children with Special Needs.

Core education courses are offered at five Cincinnati area locations, making it even easier for students to take courses. The locations include:

  • Covington Catholic High School in Northern Kentucky.
  • Middletown Fenwick High School north of Xavier.
  • Wilmington High School, northeast of Xavier.
  • Oak Hills High School west of Xavier.
  • Amelia Middle School east of Xavier.
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Summer Reading Camp

Xavier has a robust Summer Reading Practicum that began more than 30 years ago. This in-demand summer program is designed as part of the coursework for the MEd degree and Reading Specialist Program for teachers who want to become master teachers in the curricular area of reading education. It fills quickly every summer.

Summer Reading

Xavier's Summer Reading Camp was designed as part of the coursework for the MEd degree and Reading Specialist Program for teachers who desired to become master teachers in the curricular area of reading education. The purpose of the Practicum is two-fold: 1) to guide Graduate Students and Master Teachers in the art of teaching reading strategies to students who are challenged by the process; and, 2) to offer a reading clinic where students in the primary, middle and upper level grades have an opportunity to strengthen their reading abilities and their enjoyment of reading through guided instruction that is both functional and fun.

The Practicum is an individualized reading program that analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the students who attend, and develops curriculum focused on developmentally appropriate reading strategies that will enhance each student's reading abilities. All of the materials introduced, practiced, and reviewed are based upon the Language Arts Curriculum K-12, and are developed from the Ohio State Department of Education guidelines. We concentrate on all areas of the reading process: reading, writing, speaking and listening each day, in every planned lesson.

There are both individual instruction and group instruction developed around a theme selected by the Graduate Master Teachers. Each grade level has its own physical classroom space and designated area of study.

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