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Master of Education, Reading--Reading Specialist

Overview of the Program

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The Alaska College of Education Master of Education, Reading--Reading Specialist, is nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association, and is primarily distance-delivered, with the exception of one three-week summer residency*. Candidates will deepen their understandings of students’ foundational literacy development, analyze research and practice to support all learners (e.g., English learners, those with identified reading difficulties), apply this knowledge to practice, regularly reflect on instructional effectiveness, and develop the capacity to be literacy leaders in schools and communities.

The program serves educators from across the state of Alaska, in all grade levels. Candidates graduate with an institutional recommendation for a Reading Specialist endorsement as well as a Master's degree in Education.
*See the link to the academic catalog under the“Requirements” tab for a description of all courses offered.


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Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Application Process

Master of Education Program - Reading--Reading Specialist

Do not hesitate to contact the Student Services Assistant with any questions about application materials of the application process. The following items are necessary for a complete application file:

  • A completed graduate application and $60 processing fee;
  • Official academic transcript indicating a baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.0;
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted.
  • Two SOE recommendations written by former or current professors, employers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work and performance and are not related to you;
    • This requirement can be met by logging in to the UAS application portal and providing contact information for two references.
  • Writing sample per these instructions;
  • Statement of ability to do field experience;
  • Resume;
  • A copy of current teaching or administrative certificate.

Send all of these items to:

UAS Admissions
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801-8671

Fax: 907-796-6002


All education programs through the Alaska College of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP accreditation signifies that the AKCoE has met the rigorous standards set forth for educator preparation.


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