Reading, M.S.

Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, Univeristy of Nebaraska at Omaha

Vision Statement

For candidates who hold a current teaching certificate, the Master of Science in Reading leads to eligibility for an added PK-12 Reading Endorsement. (The NE Dept. of Education also requires two years contracted teaching experience.)

The Master of Science in Reading focuses on literacy pedagogy. During the program candidates will expand their knowledge in the following areas:

  • Ability to apply research in reading and writing to teaching
  • Skills for working with struggling readers and writers in PK-12 settings
  • Leadership skills to work with students and their teachers in literacy
  • Understanding components of students’ diversity as readers and writers
  • Using various types of literature to increase students’ skills as readers and writers

Program Contact Information

Dr. Rebecca Pasco, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Roskens Hall (RH) 308 J


Program Website:

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: June 1

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or above in education; completion of undergraduate GPA deficiencies
  • International students who do not expect to teach in the US may be eligible for admission. Please contact the program chair for more information.
  • International students seeking admission to the graduate program must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79-80 (internet); or a minimum IELTS score of 7
  • Candidates are admitted provisionally until completion and successful evaluation of formal admission materials. Submitted materials are reviewed to determine if the candidate’s status will be changed to fully admitted after successful completion of 9-12 graduate hours.  The formal admission process replaces the admission exam. 

MS-READ Degree Requirements

MS-READ Required Courses (27 hours):

TED 9100Theories, Models, and Practices of Literacy

3 credits

TED 9110Principles and Practices for Teaching Readers

3 credits

TED 9130Assessments and Interventions - Elementary

3 credits

TED 9140Assessment and Intervention - Secondary

3 credits

TED 9180Literacy Research Seminar

3 credits

TED 8470Teaching the Language Arts

3 credits

TED 8650Children's Literature and Education

3 credits

TED 8660Young Adult Literature

3 credits

EDAD 8490Instructional Leadership

3 credits

MS-READ Electives (9 hours unless developing a thesis):

These must be literacy-related courses, to be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor.

If the thesis option is chosen, the student will only need three (3) hours of electives.

MS-READ Exit Requirements:

Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam is a take-home exam. The questions require the student to integrate concepts from the graduate classes they have taken. Students will be asked to consider the relationships between theory, research and practice in issues related to literacy in school settings. Registration for the exam should be made the semester before graduation.


The portfolio is a collection of materials that demonstrates who the student is as a reader, writer, teacher, and learner. It requires the student to reflect on issues related to their personal literacy and their development as a teacher. Similar to the comprehensive exam, the portfolio requires the student to integrate issues from various classes they have taken, as well as their teaching experiences, theory, and research. Registration for the portfolio should be made the semester before graduation.   The student who chooses the portfolio must work with a literacy faculty member as chair and one other faculty member to serve on the committee.


TED 8990Thesis

1 - 6 credits

The thesis is completed under the direction of a major advisor and supervisory committee. Thesis hours will be used as electives within the required 36 hours.

Total Credit Hours: 36

MS-READ-Other Program-Related Information:

Formal Admission

Candidates are admitted provisionally until completion and successful evaluation of formal admission materials. Submitted materials are reviewed to determine if the candidate’s status will be changed to fully admitted after successful completion of 12 graduate hours.  The formal admission process replaces the admission exam.

To move from provisional to formally admitted:

  • During the term in which you will complete at least 12 hours of TED courses -
    •  Submit a formal letter of application
    • Complete a degree plan of study with an assigned advisor

The Master of Science in Reading provides an opportunity for graduate study in the field of Reading Education. Candidates may select either a non-thesis program of study or a thesis program of study. Both options require candidates to successfully complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit. A person may begin and complete a Master’s in Reading before completing two (2) years of contracted teaching. However, two years of contracted teaching must be completed in order to receive a Nebraska reading endorsement (reading specialist). For further information, contact the department at (402) 554-2212.

Unclassified Students

Students who are not planning to pursue a program leading to a graduate certificate or a master’s degree can be admitted to the Reading program with unclassified status. Candidates holding a previous master’s degree in education who are seeking additional teaching endorsements may wish to choose an unclassified status. Unclassified students are allowed to take courses for which they meet the prerequisite. Successful completion of graduate courses as an unclassified student does not obligate the department to accept those courses for credit toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. Formal advisement in an endorsement area is required. Students admitted as unclassified are not eligible for financial aid.