program Overview

Our Reading Specialist Certificate is designed to teach you how to provide targeted instruction on teaching literacy.

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  • Meets online
  • Fulfill 20 credit hours at $419 per credit hour
  • Complete your certificate in 18 months
  • Attend classes online

Candidates who already have a master’s degree may complete courses to qualify for the Kansas Reading Specialist License. Licensure only students are required to complete three components of the program: coursework, two Literacy Perspectives Papers (LPP), and completion of PRAXIS II Reading Specialist Content Test. All courses are offered online.

A mobile, web-based curriculum allows you to complete the certification fully online. Working adults choose our online program because it offers the freedom to work on your certificate anytime, anywhere.

Our certificate is fully accredited by KSDE, and courses are taught by highly-qualified, experienced instructors. Our instructors enhance their lessons with podcasts, vodcasts, social networking, wikis and other electronic delivery technology. You'll engage in real-time webcasts throughout the program using virtual collaboration tools like Adobe Connect, allowing for asynchronized and synchronized learning each week.

If you’re looking for a school where you can earn your Reading Specialist Certificate, contact MNU today.

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Cost & Value

A degree from MNU is a competitively priced, affordable option designed for students with a busy schedule. We’re here to help you find the best options to assist you as you work toward earning your degree.

  • Credit Hours: 20 total
  • Tuition: $419/credit hour* *Prices effective July 1, 2021 for new starts.

Payment Options

Your degree is an investment in your future. We have a variety of different payment options available, so you can choose the option or combination of options, that best fits your situation. Total cost, including fees and tuition, will be calculated based on your program, and can be divided into multiple payments.

Military/Veteran Financial Aid

MNU appreciates the service and protection that the Military provides for us all. We offer a Military Financial Aid Program that can help active military, veterans and their spouses reposition themselves in the working world.


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An advanced Reading Specialist certificate from MNU can open doors on your career. Our Career Options tool lets you explore real-time current job opportunities that this degree could qualify you for. We've pre-selected the Kansas City metro for you, but if you're located elsewhere, or looking to move, simply update the location and you can see job opportunities anywhere in the U.S.

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Our faculty and staff know how difficult starting or resuming college can be. With a Christlike mindset, we are here to support your success throughout your program.