• Course Delivery
  • Minimum Credits
  • Estimated Tuition
  • Duration
    16 Months

Program Overview

Prepare for Your K-12 Reading Teacher License

Frustrated with trying to break through to students who just aren't advancing? Our graduates say that the K-12 Reading Teacher program is a game-changer. Alumni are amazed at the world of new strategies available for teaching reading, some methods designed specifically by our reading program faculty. If you are looking to help students who are stuck in one place with their literacy skills than look no further than the K-12 Reading Teacher program at Saint Mary's. Through this program, you will become an expert in developing your students' foundational literacy skills while you are teaching content courses. Understand the process of learning to read and design developmentally-appropriate instruction that advances students' reading proficiency. Our graduates excel at assessing the reading development of individual students and groups of students and knowing how to use assessment data to design reading curriculum. Better integrate your new knowledge of reading with your understanding of pedagogy, students, learning, and classroom management in order to establish a reading-friendly classroom environment inclusive of all students.

The convenient, one weekend per month format is great for working teachers to complete the Graduate Certificate in K-12 Reading in one of our many cohort locations. The Master of Arts program completion is typically offered on the Twin Cities Campus in a Saturday format. Graduates usually complete the initial 17 credits for licensure preparation in 16 months. Those seeking the M.A. in Literacy Education complete the licensure prep and master's degree in a little over 2.5 years.

Licensure Preparation

This program is geared toward educators who already hold a classroom tier 4 teaching license and are seeking a Reading Teacher subject license. Options include our 17 credit Graduate Certificate in K-12 Reading Teacher program that will prepare you for the K-12 Reading license in Minnesota or the 316 Reading Teacher license in Wisconsin. Once you have finished licensure preparation as a K-12 Reading Teacher you can continue on to complete 17 additional credits to earn the Master of Arts in Literacy Education which includes licensure preparation in MN as a K-12 Reading Leader. Wisconsin candidates become Reading Specialists once portfolio and other licensure requirements are met.

Career Options

This program prepares you for licensure as a reading teacher in Minnesota. A majority of graduates are classroom teachers in public or private schools and use this program to add to their credentials and expand their expertise. Others pursue career opportunities in fields such as reading teachers and district wide literacy experts.

Routes to Completion

The credit amounts vary depending on what pathway you choose to complete.

Option One: 17 credits
K-12 Reading Teacher Graduate Certificate (licensure preparation and graduate certificate)

Option Two: 34 credits
M.A. in Literacy Education (licensure preparation and master's)

Option Three: 35 credits
M.A. in Education with K-12 Reading Specialization (licensure preparation and master's)

Course Information

Focusing on development of reading and writing from kindergarten through community college, students study topics in reading comprehension, diagnosis and remediation, literature, theory and research, and cultural diversity. 

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
  6. A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share
  7. Two recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
  8. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience
  9. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.
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Key Dates

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Start Date
Fall Semester Term 1
Fall Semester Term 2
Spring Semester Term 1

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $460 Per Credit


IDI fee:$100
Practicum fee:$50
Course fees:$65
Graduation fee:$190

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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