Reading, PK-12, MA Ed

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $302.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $425.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This Master of Arts in Education/ Reading degree program is for educators who are interested in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and methodology to diagnose and facilitate instructional strategies. This program provides students with the opportunity to network with other colleagues throughout the nation who have similar career goals. This program prepares educators for professional certification with a Reading PK-12 endorsement in the state of Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.

This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and Nebraska Department of Education
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Linda Lilienthal, Ed. D.
Assistant Professor

Linda Lilienthal has taught students of various ages for over 45 years. As an instructors, she brings her rich experience to her students who are passionate about teaching. She has received numerous awards and honors including the Clark Family Memorial Scholarship in 2002 and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Scholarship in the summer of 2000. In addition to this, she has had numerous presentations across the country on different teaching topics.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Degree in education

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Standard teaching certificate

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. A professional biography

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Sessions
March 15

Literacy Specialization (21 hours required)

Take one course from: ENG 847P, 848P or 849 (must be at the graduate level)

Take one course from: ENG 871P or TE 853C

Select three hours elective credit in coordination with your adviser.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENG 847PChildren's Literature3

Course Number: ENG 847P

Establishing criteria for selecting, evaluating, and reading a wide range of literature for children.

ENG 848PLiterature for Adolescents3

Course Number: ENG 848P

An exposure to and evaluation of the literature genres appropriate for study in secondary schools.

ENG 849Children's and Adolescent Literature3

Course Number: ENG 849

Study and analysis of Children's and Adolescent Literature from grades preK-12. Students examine primary texts and scholarly commentary in the context of prevailing assumptions and ideologies over conceptions of childhood and adolescence. The class also offers strategies for increasing children's and adolescents' engagement with literature and their understanding of literary techniques.

ENG 871PLanguage and Composition in the Seconday School3

Course Number: ENG 871P

Study of topics and issues in rhetorical, linguistic, and literacy theory as related to the teaching of language arts.

TE 800Education Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

TE 803Philosophy of Education3

Course Number: TE 803

Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.

TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3

Course Number: TE 804

Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.

TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3

Course Number: TE 805P

This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.

TE 816BPracticum: Reading3

Course Number: TE 816B

3 credits Prereq: TE 845, TE 846 (exceptions with department permission) Students participate in supervised remedial tutoring of individual children or small groups of children having similar reading disabilities.

TE 845Contemporary Theory & Practice in Reading3

Course Number: TE 845

This course will provide students with an opportunity to investigate the theoretical background of the reading process and analyze instructional practices in developmental reading at the elementary school level.

TE 846Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Difficulties3

Course Number: TE 846

This course focuses on the development of an understanding of the relationship of the psychological factors and individual remedial instruction in reading. A comprehensive study is made of selected diagnostic tests and remedial procedures.

TE 853CImprovement of Instruction in Elementary School Language Arts3

Course Number: TE 853C

Attention is directed to the newest innovations in language arts instruction, (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and to the selection of materials for diagnostic and instructional programs. Students will evaluate the various teaching techniques through a comparative study of current programs in elementary language arts, (Reading, writing, listening, speaking).

TE 854Reading in the Content Areas3

Course Number: TE 854

Students completing this course will have an opportunity to examine the nature of the reading process and the kinds of particular problems teachers in content areas of middle and secondary school face daily. It will also provide the teacher with the ability to apply specific strategies in helping those students having difficulty reading the materials necessary for specific content areas.

TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3

Course Number: TE 886P

This course is a general introductory course for using computers and other technology to promote student learning. Students will learn how to integrate computer-based instruction programs into their curriculum and be introduced to electronic library and other on-line resources. In addition, students will investigate other current hardware and software technologies for use in teaching and learning.

TE 897Seminar in Education3

Course Number: TE 897

This course is designed to specifically meet the content and program needs of a specific audience, institution, agency, or public school setting. The content is designed and developed to meet the in-depth needs of the participants involved in the area of special education and related fields.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENG 803Descriptive Linguistics3

Course Number: ENG 803

An introduction to descriptive linguistics with emphasis on phonology, syntax, and morphology, as they apply to the study of English as a language.

ENG 845Creative Writing for Public School Teachers3

Course Number: ENG 845

This course will emphasize the teaching of creative writing and the basic craft of writing poetry and short stories. Prospective and practicing teachers will examine selections from contemporary literature as creative writing models.

ENG 895Directed Readings1-3

Course Number: ENG 895

Individual research under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. Proposals for Directed Readings must be approved in advance by the Graduate Director and Department Chair.

TESE 829PAssessment of Young Children: Birth to Five3

Course Number: TESE 829P

This course prepares students to evaluate assessment tools for young children, determine their appropriateness for various purposes, write and interpret evaluation reports, and translate assessment results into intervention goals and strategies. In field experiences students administer tests and interpret and report results. Prerequisite: TESE 827P or departmental permission.

TESE 863Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 863

This course is designed to address the wide range of instructional needs of students with disabilities. Students will learn to synthesize and evaluate research on instructional techniques for classroom application. Academic instructional interventions will be emphasized. Students will apply their knowledge of lesson development and classroom management strategies. Contains a field component.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $302.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $354.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $906.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1062.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $425.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $477.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1275.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1431.75

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