MAED in Educational Studies Emphasis in Reading


Why a Master of Arts in Education (MAED) in Educational Studies emphasis in Reading?

The belief in lifelong learning is not only something you teach your students; it’s a part of what makes you the great educator you are. McKendree’s Master of Arts in Education (MAED) program in Educational Studies with Reading Emphasis enables you to continue your professional development as teacher while working toward an added Reading Teacher Endorsement.

Our experienced faculty and convenient class formats enable you to earn your master’s degree in education in a timely manner and gain everything you need to further your career with a specialization in reading. You’ll gain new perspectives into social issues affecting students, professional ethics in education, and ways to work together with parents, colleagues, and the community to make a difference in the lives of your students.

This MAED program does not lead to initial licensure as a reading teacher; however, you will take coursework that can result in a Reading Teacher Endorsement. View Reading Teacher Endorsement requirements.

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Curriculum Requirements

The MAED in Educational Studies Emphasis in Reading degree consists of 32 hours of course work.

EDU 600 - Professional Educator Seminar (0 Credit)

EDU 615 - Contemporary Issues in Education (3 Credits)

EDU 611 - Curriculum Theory and Design (3 Credits)

EDU 612 - Instructional and Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3 Credits)

EDL 620 - School Law (3 Credits)

EDU 641 - Educational Research & Statistics (3 Credits)

EDU 645 - Action Research Planning (2 Credits)

EDR 510 - Adolescent Literature (3 Credits)

EDR 621 - Classroom Diagnostic Techniques and Testing Procedures for the Teaching of Reading (3 Credits)

EDR 623 - Strategies & Interventions to Assist Struggling Readers (3 Credits)

EDR 697 - Practicum in Reading (3 Credits)

Elective - (3 credits)



Admission Requirements


McKendree University admits students who present evidence of their potential to complete graduate level work. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion. The following documentation is required for consideration of admission:

1. A completed graduate admission application (no fee).

2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those sent from institution to institution.

4. A minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.

5. A current resume or vita.

6. Three professional references.

7. Essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by completion of the degree.





McKendree’s Master of Arts in Education in Educational Studies with Reading Emphasis is designed specifically for teachers balancing a full-time job, personal responsibilities, and their own professional development goals. Classes are offered online and in-class, one night a week, in an eight-week format. Some courses are designed in a 16-week format to meet the requirements of the class.




Interesting Courses


  • Classroom Diagnostic Techniques and Testing Procedures for the Teaching of Reading:  Develop techniques to assist struggling readers who are two years or less behind at their respective grade level.

  • Strategies & Interventions to Assist Struggling Readers: Find out how to design and implement classroom interventions to assist readers who struggle. 



Key Faculty

Photo of Darryn Diuguid, Ph.D.Dr. Darryn Diuguid

Piper Academic Center (PAC) 109
(618) 537-6559



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300 Stanton St., Upper Level
(618) 537-6880




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