University of Missouri-Kansas City

Language and Literacy

Quick Facts


Educational specialist

Delivery Mode

100% Online

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost



2-3 courses per semester


1 year

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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As a dedicated educator, you already know that literacy skills transform lives. That’s why this 100% online educational specialist program in language and literacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) may be a perfect fit. You can gain expertise to help you guide new or struggling readers to success in school and beyond. Work while obtaining credentials to advance your career.

If you already have your elementary or secondary certification, you will also have the option to obtain a Missouri K–12 Special Reading Certification, a designation that will put you in demand throughout the state. With UMKC’s unique online program, you can become the teacher who makes all the difference.

An adult with a blue button up shirt looks at a child with a striped shirt in a room full of books and at a table with a book open

Career Prospects

Potential career paths include:

  • Reading specialists
  • Literacy coaches
  • English language arts teachers
  • Instructional coaches and team leaders
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) leaders
  • Content area literacy experts
  • Special education teachers

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Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two to three classes each semester and finish in one year.

Course work includes:

  • Early literacy and language development
  • Dyslexia and related learning differences
  • Reading instruction for K–12 English language learners
  • Advanced literacy assessment and evaluation
  • Organizing and guiding the reading program
  • Advanced literature for children
  • Language and literacy across disciplines


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. This program is offered in collaboration with the University through the College of Education and Human Development, which is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. It’s also offered in collaboration with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation.

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