Reading Education, M.Ed.

The Reading Education Master's Degree is an innovative, educational program that links literacy research to practical classroom practices. This 36-semester hour program is offered online, nationwide as an advanced degree program for credentialed teachers. The curriculum for the program is based on the International Reading Association standards which also encompass the Florida Department of Education Reading Endorsement and certification requirements.

Program Description

This advanced program requires several field experiences which may be arranged through the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership Graduate Advising Office. Upon program completion, candidates are encouraged to add the Reading Endorsement/Certification to their teaching certificate. The program is approved for both the K-12 Reading Endorsement and Reading Certification by the Florida Department of Education.

The M.Ed. in Reading Education is designed to prepare educators as reading teachers, reading coaches, district-level literacy specialists, and publishing industry consultants. New cohorts are admitted in the summer and fall of each year.

Non-Florida resident students admitted to UWF Online Campus programs and registered for online courses in pursuit of that degree may be eligible for a tuition waiver that reduces the out-of-state portion of your tuition anywhere from 100% - 75%. Please review the Tuition Waiver Availability information to determine if you qualify. Tuition waivers must be requested every semester.

Please visit UWF Admissions for more details on admission requirements and procedures.

Due to state of Florida requirements for Reading Certification (K-12), applicants to the Reading Education, M.Ed., must meet additional specific requirements beyond the standard coursework:


  • ESOL/ELL Requirement
    • Candidates in the Reading Education Master’s Degree program will be required to demonstrate proficiency on the ESOL requirement prior to admission.
  • Additional Elements of the Florida Uniform Core Curriculum
    • Each candidate must demonstrate proficiency of the Additional Elements of the Uniform Core Curriculum (UCC) before being admitted to the Reading Education Master’s degree program. Applicants must submit a supplemental application to assess ESOL and UCC requirements.
    • Contact the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership Graduate Advising Office for details related to the UCC requirements.

For more specific requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.

Download the Reading Education, M.Ed. Academic Learning Plan:

Reading-MEd-ALP (PDF)

"Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Florida. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement" (Washington Student Achievement Council Degree Authorization, February 26, 2013).