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Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)

College: College of Education & Behavioral Science | Graduate School | School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership


The Specialist in Education (Ed.S) degree with a major in Reading offers educators an opportunity to expand their knowledge of reading Instruction and literacy leadership beyond the Master’s level. Candidates from the Ed.S degree with a major in Reading degree will work with a faculty advisor who teaches graduate level reading courses in the Department of Teacher Education to develop a plan of study which incorporates 30-33 hours beyond the Master’s level and includes a thesis.

Admission Process

Students seeking admission into the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with a major in Reading program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria for unconditional admission:

  • Have a valid teaching license (Arkansas or other state)
  • Have a Master’s Degree in Reading or other field in education
  • Have a minimum of a 3.25 graduate GPA
  • Have documentation of a minimum raw score of at least 380 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a minimum scaled score of 150 on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE and a minimum scaled score of 141 on the quantitative reasoning section of the GRE
  • Provide official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Provide a writing sample (minimum 10 pages, research-driven paper with citations and references)
  • Participate in an interview with graduate reading faculty members upon receipt of all documents


Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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  • Why Should You Apply To Our Graduate Program?
    • Effectively prepares teachers for literacy leadership in their schools and districts
    • Culminates in successful achievement on PRAXIS 2 Reading Specialist examination to be a certified reading specialist
    • Electives available in Writing Pedagogy through the National Writing Project
    • On-site practice with diagnostic assessments, interventions and authentic assessment methods, K-12.
    • Opportunity to write a thesis.
    • Close interaction with graduate reading faculty
    • Our graduates come together to provide a Northeast Arkansas Literacy Conference each year in service to the community.
    • We have an Arkansas State Center for Community Literacy on campus.
    • We offer a National Writing Project Summer Writing Institute for teachers each summer.
    • Our reading faculty belong to a variety of state and national literacy organizations and even hold offices in these professional organizations:
      • Literacy Research Association
      • International Reading Association
        • Arkansas Reading Association
      • National Council of Teachers of English
        • Arkansas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts
      • American Educational Research Association
      • Arkansas Diamond Committee
      • Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE
      • Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE
    •  Strong practicum experiences that offer spaces to apply new knowledge of effective literacy practices.

Accredited by NCATE

National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE)

NCATE’s dual mission is accountability and improvement in education preparation. The NCATE accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for teacher education programs, holds accredited institutions accountable for meeting these standards, and encourages unaccredited schools to demonstrate the quality of their programs by working for and achieving professional accreditation.