Expand your knowledge, focus your education: you’ll do that here.

Special Reading K-12 Teaching License Program 

The Special Reading K-12 Teaching License Program is a Southeast certificate program that provides a Missouri advanced teaching license as a reading specialist. This advanced teaching license also requires a valid Missouri teaching license and two years teaching experience. Candidates seeking certification as a reading specialist should work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the certification requirements. Program courses are offered over a two-year cycle. See the program summary below. See the program summary below. 

Graduate Course Requirements 

  • EX601 Educational Assessment Techniques (3) - Fall, Spring, Summer 
  • EX507 Family and the Child with Exceptionalities (3) - Fall, Spring, Summer 
  • EL647 Reading Assessment (3) - Summer 
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing; EL644; EL646; SE602; or consent of instructor 
  • EL644 Understanding and Applying the Multidimensional Process of Reading (3) - Spring 
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 
  • EL646 Inquiry and Research Models Used to Improve Reading Instruction (3) - Summer 
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 
  • EL624 Effective Literacy Leadership (3) - Spring 
    Prerequisites: EL644; EL646; or consent of instructor. 
  • EL611 Practicum I Early Literacy Learners (3) - Fall 
    Prerequisite: EL647; or consent of instructor. 
    Note: EL630 Reading Recovery Seminar I AND EL631 Reading Recovery Seminar II may be substituted for EL611 
  • EL623 Practicum II. Older Literacy Learners (3) - Spring 
    Prerequisite: EL647; or consent of instructor. 
  • SE602 Effective Literacy Instruction at the Middle and Secondary Levels – Summer 

Courses which may be Undergraduate or Graduate

  • CF/PY120 The Child: Development from Conception through Adolescence (3) OR PY222 Development of the Adolescent (3) - Fall, Spring, Summer 
  • EX390 Psychology and Education of Children with Exceptionalities (3) - Fall, Spring, SummerOR EX635 Psychology and Education of Children with Special Needs (3) - Spring 
  • EX302 Language Development of Children with Exceptionalities (3) - Fall, Spring. OR CE370 Language Acquisition of the Young Child (3) - Fall, Spring. OR EX602 Language Development of the Exceptional Child (3) - Summer 
  • EX304 Classroom and Behavior Management (3) - Fall, Spring. OR EX621 Behavior Intervention Strategies (2) AND EX622 Behavior Intervention Strategies Internship (1) - Spring 

Email Dr. Debra Porter for more information. 

Nationally Recognized Accreditation

  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Logo
Office Location
Scully Building, 313
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 5575
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701