Graduate Certificate in Reading 

The online Graduate Certificate in Reading program* at KU is an area of emphasis within the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program.  The program is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge to support the reading development and achievement of individuals from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds; expand knowledge in reading assessment and methodologies; and develop instructional practices for students in the classroom and in intervention/remediation settings.

*This academic program does not lead to licensure.

Graduate Admission to the School of Education

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate and graduate degrees whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in prior degrees. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission requirements.

Some departments may offer special provisional admission categories to students who may not qualify under regular admission criteria. Departments that offer provisional admission require a grade-point average of at least 2.5.  Applicants must provide evidence of ability to work successfully at the graduate level, including experience in and commitment to the profession. Exceptions to established policies must be sought individually by petition to the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Each department in the School of Education sets its own application deadlines.  Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for more information.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to a completed online application, applicants also need to provide:

  • Official transcript(s) for all undergraduate and postbaccalaureate course work, showing a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of goals/purpose
  • Application fee of $35

Please note: Letters of recommendation are not required for the Reading graduate certificate.

For students whose first language is not English, official scores on the TOEFL of at least 92 total (IBT) with subscale scores of at least 23 in all areas must be submitted for consideration of admission to the Curriculum and Teaching Department. The IELTS official score is also accepted, with an overall score of at least 7.0, and no section score lower than 7.0. The PTE Academic official score is also accepted, with an overall score of at least 65. The TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores must be achieved not more than two years prior to the semester of first enrollment. TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores may not be required if applicant meets the verification of English proficiency requirements as specified below:

Graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university, or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English. Degrees earned online may not be used to verify English proficiency.

Please note: Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program can be seen here.

The Reading Certificate includes completion of 6 courses:

C&T 740Foundations of Reading: Process, Theory, and Instruction3
C&T 741Comprehension and Study Strategies for Use with Multiple Texts3
C&T 743Writing and Spelling Development and Instruction3
C&T 745Reading and the English Language Learner3
C&T 840Emergent Literacy and Beginning Reading3
C&T 842Supporting Striving Readers: Adolescent through Adult3