12 months
622 USD/credit 21770 USD/year
622 USD/credit 21770 USD/year
333 USD/credit 11655 USD/year
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The Reading program from Black Hills State University 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. 


About the programme

This completely online Reading program from Black Hills State University 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.

What are the responsibilities of a reading specialist?

A reading specialist collaboratively supports exemplary classroom teaching in literacy, assesses reading strengths and needs of students as needed and communicates the information to fellow teachers, and serves as a resource to stakeholders.

Teachers who add the reading specialist designation to their teaching certificates often remain in regular classrooms, but their own students benefit from their added expertise in the area of reading. Dr. Tim Creal, Superintendent of Custer School District, states "The role of reading specialists is very important. But most school districts in South Dakota can't afford to fund reading specialist positions. This makes it even more important for as many regular classroom teachers as possible to get the advanced preparation in reading so they can meet the literacy needs of their students." The M.Ed in reading program from BHSU meets this need.

Apply today to start earning your Master of Education in Reading, a professional master's degree emphasizing enhanced professional practice and leadership.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


35 SCH



Academic requirements

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General requirements

To be accepted, students must have:

  • An undergraduate degree in education (BS or BA)
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher
  • At least 3 years professional teaching experience

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21770 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 622 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    21770 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 622 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11655 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 333 USD per credit during 12 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.

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