Educational Specialist in Language and Literacy

Degree Overview

The Ed.S. in Language and Literacy is designed for students who want to optimize their understanding of reading/literacy strategies for PreK-12 classrooms and other levels. Graduates will know how to organize and guide literacy programs that significantly improve the level of student reading/literacy achievement. Professional opportunities for Ed.S. graduates include:

  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Coordinator
  • Reading Clinician
  • College Reading Instructor
  • Reading Consultant
  • Specialist for Literacy Programs


  • Bachelor Degree w/ 3.0 GPA & Teaching Certificate
  • 2 years teaching experience

Who benefits from this degree?

PK-12 grade certified teachers with prior coursework.

What will the program look like?

The Ed. S in Language and Literacy is a program geared towards PK-grade 12 teachers who already have a Master’s degree and have a special interest in language, literacy, and reading education. Teachers with an Ed. Spec in Language and Literacy will meet the qualifications for the DESE Special Reading Certificate and will be fully qualified to be literacy leaders in their respective schools and districts. This program, offering cutting edge learning theory about the teaching of literacy and a variety of school contexts, attracts a wide variety of teachers and grade levels from the greater metropolitan Kansas City area. The program includes about 36 hours of coursework. Most of the coursework for this degree is offered in an online or hybrid online format. Please contact Dr. Kindel Nash, Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education/Language & Literacy for further information: