Opening Doors to Lifelong Reading

There's no greater gift a teacher can give a student than a love of reading — and it takes skilled educators to make it happen.

With an M.Ed. degree in Reading Literacy, you'll learn how to diagnose and assess student reading deficiencies, as well as improve your own and other teachers’ abilities to meet those needs.

Any grade, any level, every student. Use your God-given talent to inspire the next generation of readers.

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Why You’ll Love the M.Ed. in Reading Literacy Program at Belhaven


Our program keeps pace current and emerging literacy research and instruction innovations.


Our experienced instructors build on the legacy of our generations of teacher training.


The Belhaven University School of Education is approved by the Mississippi Board of Education to offer teacher education programs.

Christian Worldview

You are challenged to think critically and analytically about who God is — and who you are — as we equip you to fulfill your calling to glorify God and be a blessing to the world.

Special Discount Rate for Educators

Private, Christ-centered education at public university prices

100% Online

7-week courses, taught year-round

National Recognition

Continually honored by Colleges of Distinction for our innovative approaches

140 Years of Expertise

A leader in Christian education since 1883

Why Study Reading Literacy?

With an Masters in Reading Literacy degree from Belhaven, you learn the best practices and proven techniques for specialized reading instruction at any level.

  • Collaborate with other teachers to enhance instructional effectiveness
  • Coordinate interventions and programs in your district
  • Impact your school’s academic achievement evaluations

A master’s degree in reading can also help you advance into teacher leadership roles. Many school districts use literacy coaches or reading specialists to improve classroom and individual outcomes.

Additional job opportunities include a variety of instructional settings and collegiate positions, including teaching remedial reading on the college level.

The M.Ed./RL Degree: What You Need to Know

The Master of Education in Reading Literacy (M.Ed./RL) program is open to candidates who hold an undergraduate degree in education or have completed a teacher preparation program.

You must provide with evidence of holding or being eligible to hold a Standard License in the area of emphasis for which you are seeking a degree. Candidates for the Master of Education in Reading Literacy degree must also be practicing classroom teachers.

You must also provide:

  • Evidence of a 2.75 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work for admission or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on any graduate work previously completed
  • Evidence of your valid standard teaching license

Applicants who do not meet the required GPA but show potential for success in the M.Ed. program may be asked to submit additional items for committee review.

  • Students admitted through committee review are required to earn a 3.00 GPA during the first nine semester hours in the program to continue
  • All admitted students are required to maintain a 3.00 throughout the program to remain in good standing

Applying for admission to Belhaven’s online graduate programs is quick and easy. When you have all your supporting documentation ready, just complete and submit our online application form.

How to Apply

These rates are for August 1, 2024 through July 31, 2025.

Program Per Credit Hour
Master of Education $615
Special Discount Rate for Educators $399

All students enrolled in this program are eligible for the special discount rate for educators.

* Military/first responder benefits cannot be combined with any other institutional scholarships or discounts.

Visit the Scholarships, Tuition & Fees page to view other fees as well as the cost estimate calculator.

The Belhaven University Educator Licensure Preparation Programs are in compliance with Federal Regulations: 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) and 34 CFR 668.43 (c), requiring disclosures by institutions regarding educational requirements for programs leading to professional licensure or certification regardless of modality. The Belhaven University School of Education has made no determination as to whether Belhaven’s Educator Preparation Programs and curriculum meet other state educational requirements for educator licensure other than those educator licensure programs approved by the state of Mississippi. All of the Belhaven University School of Education educator preparation degree programs leading to educator licensure have been approved by the Mississippi Department of Education. The Belhaven University School of Education’s Educator Preparation Licensure Programs do not automatically qualify candidates for an educator licensure, certification upgrade, endorsement, or pay increase within their state of residence or state of their employment. Out-of-state candidates are responsible for ascertaining the requirements for licensure, endorsement, or pay increase by the state where they seek employment or licensure. For individuals seeking clarity on whether the teacher educator programs offered by the Belhaven University School of Education align with licensure requirements in their potential employment or licensure state, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) has provided a helpful web link. This NC-SARA link contains a comprehensive list of State Departments or Agencies responsible for Teacher Educator Licensure in each state. The list includes contact information and website links to the respective state's educator licensure requirements. Access the information through the following link: Professional Licensure Directory:

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God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13