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Reading Education

For teachers who have a passion for reading education and want to extend their knowledge and expertise as:

  • An elementary classroom teacher or a secondary content teacher
  • A reading teacher or specialist
  • A literacy coach or a literacy leader at the school or district level

Interested teaching professionals need a current Minnesota professional teaching license.

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Why us
Every child deserves the best

Research suggest that the single most important factor in students' academic success is the teacher (Rand, 2012).

The University of Minnesota develops the knowledge, skills and dispositions of teachers to become exemplary literacy educators and leaders.

Innovative technologies
100% Online

While benefiting from the flexibility of our online program, gain exposure to 21st century digital literacy tools that support excellent instruction.

Optional face-to-face meetings to support you, as needed.

Tuition + Aid

$660.17/credit for residents; $1,021.17/credit for nonresidents.

We believe your students deserve a reading expert. We want you here. Talk to us about our rates for district partnership cohorts. Scholarships, grants, loans and loan forgiveness are available.

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Cutting-edge research

Courses are developed and taught by prominent reading researchers and exemplary practitioners.

Knowing the quality of our curriculum and instruction, districts hire and retain our graduates because of their literacy expertise and leadership.

Extend your professional network to include world renowned faculty and colleagues working at the vanguard of literacy education.

License + M.Ed.
Benefit from a graduate degree

The reading license can be earned as part of our M.Ed. program in literacy.

If pursuing a M.Ed., you must apply to both the license program and the M.Ed. and then work with your adviser to plan your coursework to meet both requirements simultaneously.

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All applicants

  • Current state of Minnesota teaching license
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA

Application deadlines:

  • October 1 for Spring admission
  • February 1 for Summer admission
  • June 1 for Fall admission

Admission decisions are made up to 8 weeks after the application deadline. The number of credits required to complete this program varies based on past coursework, which will be determined upon receipt of your application.

To apply you will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted. Tips for uploading your transcript(s). Transfer credits must be evaluated and approved by a faculty adviser.
  • Resume. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.
  • Educational goal statement. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information section.
  • Current Minnesota teaching license. Upload in the Department\Program Forms section.

Apply online. Complete the following sections:

    • Personal information
    • Application information
    • Educational background
    • Employment/Residence information

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International applicants

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
  • A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

Earn your additional license in reading education:


If you're interested in earning your M.Ed. as well,
remember to apply to that program separately

Program Coordinator
Dr. Elizabeth Fogarty 
(612) 626-6822