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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, October 23 at 6pm

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