Black Hills State University

24 months
649 USD/credit
649 USD/credit
365 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The K-12 Reading Specialist program is now delivered within a Master of Education in Reading. The 35-credit program emphasizes professional practice in the field of reading and addresses all International Reading Association standards for reading specialists and literacy coaches.


This completely online master’s program in reading meets South Dakota's standards to prepare reading specialists.

To meet national standards and give our students a competitive edge, the M.Ed in reading program focuses on comprehensive clinical components. These components encourage closer collaboration with partner school districts and facilitate additional application of student learning. As part of this program, you will be prepared to address the literacy needs of elementary, middle, and high school populations, as well as for leadership roles.

School districts are in need of exemplary reading teachers, school and district reading specialists, or literacy coaches. The US Department of Education and TEACH Grant have designated reading specialist as a high-need field.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational Collaboration and Research Methods
  • Models, Methods, and Materials for Literacy Instruction
  • Literacy and Language: Reading and Writing Instruction
  • Action Research in Schools
  • Reading Research and Theory
  • Assessment and Correction of Reading Difficulties Grades 6-12
  • Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties
  • 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy
  • Leadership in Schools
  • Practicum
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply online for admission to graduate studies. Submit completed application form and a $35.00 application fee. Request that an official undergraduate transcript showing your posted baccalaureate degree be sent from the institution that awarded the degree to BHSU Admissions, along with graduate transcripts if you wish to transfer graduate credit. You will receive an email from the Director of Graduate Studies regarding your acceptance.
  • After acceptance to BHSU graduate study, contact the COE Graduate Coordinator

Tuition Fee

  • International

    649 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 649 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    649 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 649 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    365 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 365 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Black Hills State University