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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.


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.

Additional courses

In response to the increasing conversation surrounding dyslexia and the science of reading, Emporia State offers a series of courses on dyslexia.

This online series is designed following the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

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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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Mailing Address

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

Physical Address

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