This concentration is designed to prepare teachers to focus on literacy development, instruction, and assessment of students with diverse learning and literacy needs. The course requirements for an Advanced Certificate in Special Reading are included within the Master’s coursework.

Certified K-12 teachers who wish to add an Advanced Certificate in Special Reading can do so in an accelerated graduate program.  Teachers can work toward the advanced certificate, or with a couple additional classes complete the Master's degree.

Program of Study

Advanced Certification: Special Reading (25 hours)

  • ED 656 Advanced Literature for Youth

  • ED 670 Advanced Assessment & Remediation

  • ED 661 Language Acquisition & Development

  • ED 652 Methods of Teaching Language & Literacy

  • ED 673 Evaluation of Abilities & Assessment

  • ED 564 Consultation, Collaboration and Family Engagement: Special Education

  • ED 671 Advanced Techniques of Secondary Literacy

  • ED 697 Advanced Lit Clinical Elementary

  • ED 698 Advanced Lit Clinical Secondary

MASTER OF ARTS: LITERACY CONCENTRATION (31 hours)                         

  • ED 674 Supervision of Literacy Programs

  • ED 672 Research on Literacy Seminar

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

    • a completed online application

    • an undergraduate transcript from an accredited college which indicates:

      • an earned bachelor’s degree

      • a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or above 

    • Students whose primary language is not English are required to submit official score reports of the TOEFL exam.  Minimum required scores is 550 on the written test, 237 on the computer based test, or 92 on the Internet-based test.  The IELTS exam scores may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL.  The minimum IELTS exam score required is an overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score below 5.5

Students should request official transcripts be sent to:

    • Graduate Education, Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145

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Avila's School of Education Awarded a Fulbright Hays Grant

The School of Education has been awarded a Fulbright Hays grant for a project titled From Genocide to Regeneration:  An Exploration of Rwandan Social Justice Issues through the Lens of Education.   The project will provide an opportunity to take K-12 educators to Rwanda for an intensive 4-week study to promote the integration of African studies into the K-12 curriculum, increase the cultural competency of American educators & students, and provide an in-depth study of the culture & history of Rwanda through the lens of education & social justice issues.  An informational session will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Barefoot Conference Room, Marion Center.

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Next Session: Tuesday, February 27 at 6pm

AU News

Avila University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit February 26-27, 2018 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Avila University has been accredited by HLC since 1946. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:

Public Comment on Avila University,
Higher Learning Commission,
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by January 19, 2018.