Reading Specialist

Applicants for a reading specialist endorsement must hold a currently valid professional teaching license, and complete the following graduate courses, with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in graduate coursework. In order to meet KSDE licensure guidelines, Reading Specialist candidates must have two years of classroom teaching experience (within six years), complete Master’s degree before applying for a conditional school specialist license. After graduation with the MS degree and receiving the conditional reading specialist license, candidates must secure full-time teaching position and enroll in two semesters of “Reading Specialist Internship” in the hiring district. Upon successful completion of a two-hour internship in each of two semesters, candidates will be eligible to apply for a professional Kansas Reading Specialist license.

Required Courses:

  • READ 861  Advanced Literature for Children and Young Adults (3 Credit Hours)
  • READ 881  Content Area Reading (3 Credit Hours)
  • READ 882  Trends in Language Arts (3 Credit Hours)
  • READ 883  Clinical Reading Diagnosis and Remediation (3 Credit Hours)
  • READ 884  Literacy Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • READ 885  The School Reading Program (3 Credit Hours)


Contact Information
Dr. Kathleen Sanders
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
226 Rarick Hall
Hays, KS  67601
Phone:  (785) 628.5850
Web:  Advanced Education Programs

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