Graduate Literacy Programs
Master of Science in Literacy and Reading Specialist Endorsement (PK-12)
The master's program is designed for graduates of education programs who have received initial teacher certification and wish to enhance their teaching skills through advanced studies in instructional practices that are informed by research.
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
The Literacy Master's program is designed for graduates of education programs who have received initial teacher certification and wish to enhance their practice for effective enhancement of students' literacy skills. The Master of Science in Literacy leads to eligibility for an added PK-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement. The Nebraska Department of Education also requires two years contracted teaching experience. Students seeking admission to graduate programs in the College of Education should first apply through the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Elementary Teachers: You may choose this major to gain further background and practical application to enhance literacy across the teaching day.
Secondary Teachers: Since secondary subject areas rely on reading for much of students' learning, you may choose this program to improve instruction for students' literacy and learning in all content areas.
Special Education Teachers: You may choose this program to enhance your knowledge of theories, research and practices that will impact your students' learning through reading and writing.
Title I Teachers: You will learn theories, research and practices that can provide opportunities for your students to move beyond their current levels of understanding.
Future Reading Specialists/Coaches: Elementary and secondary teachers who want to move from their classroom teaching to a reading specialist position enroll in this program.
Speech Language Teachers: You may want to learn ways to increase your understanding of reading, writing, and other literacy skills and strategies that will enhance your work with P-12 students.
Master of Science in Literacy
Entry Requirements: an undergraduate degree in education and a teaching certificate; 3.0 or better GPA in education-related undergraduate coursework.
Program Requirements: The Master of Science in Literacy is a thirty-six (36) credit hour program. Courses include theory, practice, and research related to reading and other language arts; theories of learning and literacy; literature; assessment and evaluation of literacy learning with young students, and critical examination of literacy practices.
Exit Options: Comprehensive Exam or Thesis
Adding the Reading Specialist Endorsement (PK-12): To add a Reading Specialist Endorsement (PK-12) to a Nebraska teaching certificate also requires two years of contracted teaching.
Reading Specialist Endorsement (PK-12)
This endorsement meets PK-12 Nebraska requirements as well as similar endorsements in other states.
- a teaching certificate or license
- a Master's degree in education or twelve advisor-accepted graduate education hours
Program Requirements: The Reading Specialist Endorsement (PK-12) requires eighteen (18) credit hours (three of which are elective to be determined in consultation with an advisor). Required courses included reading theories and processes, principles and practices, applications and instruction, assessment and research. (Nebraska requires two years of contracted teaching to quality for a Nebraska Reading Specialist Endorsement (PK-12)).