Master of Education in

Reading including Ohio Reading Endorsement

For educators aspiring to improve their knowledge, skills and dispositions relative to literacy development across the grades (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12), this program prepares students for successful employment as a reading specialist and/or literacy coach. The specific goal of the program is to prepare teachers to provide specialized reading and writing instruction, to assess and diagnose literacy behavior, and to serve as resource persons in P-12 settings.

We offer full-time study with the program starting in June and ending the following May or part-time study to provide students with flexibility.

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Master of Education in Reading plus Endorsement Online

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Reading Specialist
Literacy Coach
Master Teacher

Courses/Cost/Time

12 online courses (36 hours)
Tuition estimate-$16,500
Finish in 18 months
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The BGSU Master of Education in Reading consists of the following three phases:

Phase 1: Endorsement Program

Phase 1 consists of 15 semester hours (the Ohio P-12 reading endorsement courses). Courses on literacy theories, phonics, and comprehension strategies set the stage for practicum classes that require candidates to assess students and provide intervention at the early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence/young adult levels.  Once these courses are completed, candidates take the state-required licensure exams (Ohio Assessment for Educators 038, 039) and apply to have the reading endorsement attached to their Ohio teaching license. 

Phase 2: Tools for Engagement

Phase 2 is a Tool Collecting phase (12 semester hours) where candidates gather tools needed to transition from the reading specialist role to the literacy coaching role. During this phase, they complete a field-based practicum where formal instruments are used to assess literacy. Candidates shadow a Title I teacher or literacy coach or curriculum coordinator and engage in other reading professional activities in the assigned school or current teaching setting. Classes in the use of technology, literacy research, and statistics empower the candidate.

Phase 3:  Engagement as a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach

Phase 3 is the Literacy Coaching phase. Candidates learn additional methods and materials for the teaching of reading and language arts and participate in a 3-semester-hour supervised coaching practicum in a school setting. Passing a comprehensive exam during this last practicum course is required for earning the Master of Education in Reading degree. 

Application Requirements

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BGSU Reading Endorsement Certification Program Applicants and for Master of Education in Reading Applicants.

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Non-Degree (Ohio P-12 Reading Endorsement, 4 graduate + 1 undergraduate).

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.

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TRANSCRIPTS: As part of the online application process  you will upload scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted to the Graduate College.

Request official transcripts and test scores be sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

TEST SCORES: One of the following test scores is to be submitted as part of the online application process. Non-original scores must be notarized. Any of following tests are accepted: Praxis Scores, OAE scores (Ohio Assessment for Educators), or GRE scores (within last 5 years). NOTE: If a person already possesses a master's degree then no test scores are required.

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score.

For information on the GRE/Praxis/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate degree from the College of Education and Human Development