Educational Specialist in Reading/Language Arts (Hybrid)


What can I do with an Ed.S. in Reading/Language Arts?

The Educational Specialist Degree prepares individuals who aspire to pursue careers in literacy education in colleges, schools, districts, and corporate settings. Individuals also pursue careers in community education initiatives across disciplinary fields as well as careers within the children’s and young adult and textbook publishing industry.

How long is the Ed.S. program?

Course work can be completed within two years of admission into the program. The thesis may be completed within one semester and up to two years. The entire program may be completed in two to four years, depending on the student’s full-time or part-time status.

Are any of the courses taught online or taught on regional campuses?

Yes, many of the courses are offered online. Due to the blending of online and face-to-face courses included in the program, we refer to it as a “hybrid” program.

The Ed.S. Program is primarily taught on the Tampa campus. Some courses may be offered on other campuses, but not consistently.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition rates change each academic school year. To determine current fees and tuition, visit the registrar’s website here.

Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. The University of South Florida and the College of Education, as well as many independent organizations, offer scholarships and fellowships. For more information, visit the USF Graduate School Website.

What qualifications are required to enter the Ed.S. program in Reading/Language Arts?

  • Educational Specialists must possess a strong academic record and they must read and apply research into their practice.
  • Students must have a Masters degree in Reading, Language, Literature or related field or a Masters degree in another field with at least 9 hours of Reading, Language and/or Literature at the graduate level.
  • Many of the Ed.S. students in Reading/Language Arts have backgrounds in elementary or secondary education. However, students with backgrounds in speech pathology, information science, theater, communication science, linguistics, and literature may also have the experience and relevant graduate courses for advanced graduate study in reading/language arts.

Do I have to take the GRE?

Yes. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Scores must be in the 30th percentile or higher. The GRE must be taken within the last 5 years. We will accept the highest score.

When should I apply?

The deadline for applications is February 15th for Fall admission. We encourage Fall admissions only.

What happens after I apply?

The application process has two steps:

  1. Complete the online application and submit your transcripts and GRE scores to the Graduate School.
  2. Submit your supporting documents (letters of reference, vita, and writing samples) to Lisa Adkins (see below).

Once you complete the online application and submit your transcripts and GRE scores, the Graduate School will send your application to our department (Julie Schenk). If we have your supporting documents, we will contact you for an interview. If we do not have your supporting documents, then we will ask you to complete the application process.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

For questions regarding the program content and objectives, contact:

Dr. Jenifer Schneider: Program Coordinator
Phone: (813) 974-3460
Mail Point EDU105
Office Location: 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, EDU 202, Tampa, FL 33620

For questions regarding admissions and registration, contact:

Ms. Julie Schenk: Advanced Graduate Program Specialist
Phone: (813) 974-3460
Mail Point EDU105
Office Location: 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, EDU 202, Tampa, FL 33620