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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist
(Oregon and Washington only)

What’s a reading interventionist? By definition, it’s a teacher who works extensively with struggling readers. In our eyes, it’s an educator who has the power to help students explore new and exciting worlds, meet historical figures, solve gripping mysteries, and cultivate their passions—all by enabling them to flip through pages with confidence. Be that memorable teacher with an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist from Concordia.

Aligned with the International Dyslexia Association standards and the International Literacy Association Standards for Reading Professionals, this program will strengthen and polish your instructional skills for the teaching of reading in the general education classroom and for becoming a literacy teacher leader. It’s also a compelling concentration choice should you want to develop reading excellence in students.

For Oregon and Washington residents, this concentration offers candidates who already possess a teaching license the opportunity to complete a practicum and earn their reading endorsement in Oregon or Washington along with their MEd in Curriculum & Instruction.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by experienced practitioners, all of Concordia’s MEd programs reflect the passion and commitment to excellence that has marked our 110-year history. Clearly defined coursework—paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn at Concordia in your own classroom—makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits—from higher pay to promotions—are second only to the reward of having a lasting impact on the lives of your students.

Step 1 of 3: What type of student are you?

Step 2 of 3: What would you like to study?

Portland Campus: Classes taught entirely at Concordia University-Portland.

Accelerated Online: Classes taught 100% online. MEd programs complete in 1 year. EdD programs complete in 3 years.

Flex Online: For online students who want to go at a slower pace - MEds can be completed in 18-36 months.

Hybrid: Students take some classes online and some at Concordia University-Portland.

Step 3 of 3: Get info about this program

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One year
Earn your MEd on a schedule that fits your life.
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
91% of MEd students say that Concordia's Portland campus experience is having a significant impact on their professional development.
10,000-strong alumni
10,000-strong alumni network
97% of MEd students say they are satisfied with their academic program experience.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia University MEd programs, successful candidates in the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist program will demonstrate skills in:
Advanced Assessment Skills

Advanced Assessment Skills

Understand and apply the current research for advanced teaching and assessment techniques as well as curriculum development in the field of health and physical education

Diversity Skills

Diversity Skills

Strategies for providing a supportive classroom culture for the diverse learning community

Instructional Development

Instructional Development

Using the knowledge from current research and community partnerships, as well as best practices in the field, the candidate will assess their PreK–12 students' health and physical education needs and motivations

Program Implementation Skills

Program Implementation Skills

The candidate will utilize data-based knowledge to guide the PreK–12 students in designing and safely implementing fitness, health and wellness program plans



The candidate will create appropriate health and physical education instruction that responds to the varying student motivations along the diverse learning environments


MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist (35 Credit Hours)

  • EDGR 502 - Developing Character Through the Curriculum (3)
  • EDGR 535 - Theories of Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EDGR 595 - Community of Learners (3)
  • EDGR 602 - Contemporary Educational Thought (3)
  • EDRD 551 - Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading (3)
  • EDRD 552 - Fostering Engagement and Reading for Meaning through Young Adult and Children's Literature (3)
  • EDRD 553 - Advanced Techniques for the Teaching of Reading (3)
  • EDRD 554 - Current Issues in Literacy (3)
  • EDRD 555 - Organization and Management of Reading Programs (3)
  • EDRD 550 - Reading Interventionist Practicum (2)
  • EDGR 601 - Educational Research (3)
The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.


  • EDGR 696 - Practitioner Inquiry (3)
  • EDGR 698 - Action Research (3)


For Oregon and Washington residents, this program is available on-campus, online and in the hybrid on-campus/online format.

Concordia education students have a way of standing out – even to other educators. Find out what Jennifer McCalley, principal at Faubion School, has to say about what teachers educated at Concordia University bring to the classroom – and why they’re at the top of her hiring list.

Child Learning
If you’re thinking about a university where teachers care and are progressive, Concordia University-Portland is the place to be. They are cutting edge on all education technologies.
CASMORE SHAW, MEd in Curriculum & Instruction:
Reading Interventionist '18


See where a Master's degree in education focused on reading could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

Potential careers include:
  • Schoolwide reading or literacy coach
  • Higher education instructor in the teaching of reading
  • Reading consultant (PreK–12)
  • Advisor to publishers of reading textbooks for PreK–12 instruction
  • Professional development leader, PreK–12
  • Reading program advisor to state legislatures/Congress
  • Reading tutor
  • Division or department chair (PreK–12)
  • Supplemental educational services provider (tutoring program offered in schools to increase academic achievement)

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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