Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Blended (Online / On-site); Alexandria, MN; Bismarck, ND; Dickinson, ND; Fargo, ND; Watford City, ND

Master of Education: Reading Emphasis

Graduate degree; Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Earn your North Dakota state reading credential in the Master of Education (Reading Emphasis) program at the University of Mary. Designed for working teachers, the online/blended Master of Education program offers a flexible, convenient option to earn your master’s degree and reading credential while balancing time with your career and at home. Students will both advance their teaching skills and expand their employment opportunities in the field of education as a result of the program.

The Master of Education in elementary administration is available as a blended program that combines online courses with on-site evening classes at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Master of Education: Reading Program Highlights

Earn your Master of Education and reading credential in an accredited master’s program at an affordable, private, Catholic university:

  • Earn your Master of Education and reading credential online in a program that meets the North Dakota State Reading Credential requirements.
  • Study, share, and submit work online using the University of Mary’s state-of-the-art online learning platform.
  • Work in an online cohort format with a community of peers with whom you can connect academically, professionally, and even socially.
  • Access expert career and academic counseling services throughout your online program.
  • Complete either a thesis or a comprehensive professional portfolio as your capstone project.
  • Learn in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that will enrich your career and your everyday life.


Core Courses (15-16 semester credits):

EDU 531 Ethics in Education and Human Performance(2)

EDU 551 Critique and Design of Research (2)
(It is strongly suggested that EDU 551 be taken prior to EDU 565.)

EDU 565 Statistics (3)

EDU 567 Diversity in Culture and Human Relations (2)

EDU 608 Foundations in Education (2)

Thesis Option:

EDU 700 Research Seminar I (1)

EDU 701 Research Seminar II (1)

EDU 704 Research Presentation (3)

Portfolio Option:

EDU 705 Portfolio Preparation (2)

EDU 706 Portfolio Presentation (2)

Emphasis Area Requirements (13 semester credits):

EDU 535 Foundations of Literacy (2)

EDU 536 Teaching Writing Across School Curriculum K-12 (3)

EDU 611 Reading Diagnosis and Correction (2)

EDU 617 Reading Clinic (2)

EDU 652 Teaching Reading in the Content Area (2)

EDU 566 School Curriculum K-12 (3)

Electives (2-4 semester credits):

Must be graduate level courses and should be selected from areas to enhance reading education.

Total: 32 semester credits

*If seeking the North Dakota Reading Credential, the candidate must meet the Department of Public Instruction qualifications for the reading specialist: elementary or secondary.


Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, or 2.75 during the last two years of the undergraduate degree, or 3.0 in a major field will be admitted to begin graduate study.

Individuals seeking a North Dakota credential or endorsement must hold a bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited institution, have the appropriate North Dakota licensure and years of experience, as well as the required coursework, to be recommended for North Dakota credentialing or endorsement by the University of Mary Department of Education.

In most cases, the requirements listed below must be met prior to admission for graduate study. In addition, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to continue in the graduate program in education. To complete the application process, please submit:

  • Completed application (to include goal statement)
  • Current teacher education licensure (unless seeking licensure)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume identifying appropriate experience
  • Application/enrollment fee

Graduate credit earned at other institutions may be accepted toward a degree at the University of Mary. Upon approval, up to one-third of the required credits may be transferred as part of the graduate degree.

If you are considering the Master of Education (Reading Emphasis) program, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs at the University of Mary: