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Reading Specialist PK-12 Concentration

The Instructional Specialist Reading program is intended for the teaching practitioner in settings from early childhood through adolescence and young adulthood.

Through the program, the candidates will learn to deal more effectively with diverse candidate learners and move from theory to best practice in the field. The Reading Specialist PK-12 serves practicing teachers, elementary or secondary, who wish to acquire initial reading specialist licensure with a master’s degree in Kansas.

The master’s degree does not require Kansas state licensure completion and is open to out-of-state applicants.

Licensure Only

Students who have earned a previous master’s degree may enroll as a Licensure Only student and will only need to complete a 19-hour program. See the Reading Specialist Licensure Only plan.pdf or visit the Licensure only web page.

Dyslexia certification

In response to the increasing conversation surrounding dyslexia and the science of reading, Emporia State offers a series of courses on dyslexia that can be taken with this program. This online series is designed following the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

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Graduate School application

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended from regionally-accredited institutions

Valid teaching license

Government-issued ID

Official transcripts

Students must submit official bachelor’s degree transcripts containing at least 60 credit hours of coursework and final grades. Any additional transcripts from college credit accumulated after the bachelor’s degree MUST be submitted if you will be using these credits for transfer credit or for last 60 GPA. Transcripts are considered official when they arrive in the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or are received through a secure electronic transcript service to

If the transcripts need to be mailed, send to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School
Campus Box 4003
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5415

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Why ESU?

This program is based on the International Literacy Association’s Standards for Reading Professionals (ILA: formerly the International Reading Association). In 2009, the International Reading Association awarded ESU the Certificate of Distinction for the elementary education reading program.

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Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address

Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 2nd Floor
Main Office, Rm 241