M.A. On Campus Blended

Special Reading

Lindenwood University

12 months
540 USD/credit 17820 USD/year
540 USD/credit 17820 USD/year
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The Special Reading emphasis at Lindenwood University prepares certified teachers with extensive knowledge in the use of strategies and techniques to strengthen the reading capabilities of young children, adolescents, and adults.



The need for specialized teacher training in literacy development has evolved as teachers strive to assist individuals in reading proficiency levels in literacy. Program emphasis is placed on the study of varied methods for teaching and remediating reading and writing difficulties, assessing literacy capabilities, and designing individual reading plans to enhance student strengths and address weaknesses in literacy development.

You must possess an initial professional teaching certificate and have two years of teaching experience to qualify for special reading certification through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). However, you may begin your coursework while you are completing the two-year teaching requirement. Additionally, there is the option for you to complete only the needed courses for Special Reading Certification without completing the master’s degree.

You will complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework, including the four required core courses to earn the Master of Arts in Special Reading at at Lindenwood University. You will not be required to retake reading courses you may have taken as an undergraduate. Undergraduate courses will count towards reading certification through DESE but cannot count toward completion of the master’s degree.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Middle School Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Language Acquisition and Development for Young Children
  • Speech and Language Development for the Exceptional Learner
  • Conceptualization of Education
  • Reading Methods and Strategies for Students with Dyslexia and Struggling Readers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH
  • 33-48


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Please provide a clear, readable copy of the identification page of your passport. It must show all information on the identification page and be valid (not expired) to be accepted.
  • Please provide a certified letter or bank statement verifying the total amount of liquid, personal or family funds, in US dollars, that is available for tuition (personal cost) and educational expenses (books, insurance).
  • Graduate students must submit certified copies of college transcripts through WES
  • Graduate students with a cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA below 3.0 must submit three letters of recommendation.
  • A copy of your current resume with all of your academic and work experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 540 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    17820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 540 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Saint Charles

800 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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