The M.S. in Reading program was designed to prepare students as reading specialists who might serve as administrators and supervisors of reading programs, literacy coaches, reading clinicians, and teachers of reading at both the elementary and secondary levels. Although participants are already certified in elementary or secondary education, this program may lead to additional Missouri certification in K-12 reading. All courses in this 32-hour program are offered on a face-to-face basis, online, or through ITV/distance learning to at least four sites. This course of study affords the opportunity for application of the learned skills in closely supervised developmental, diagnostic, and remedial reading situations.
Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Northwest has been an AQIP institution since 2005, and served as a pilot institution in the development of AQIP in the late 1990s.
In addition to being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Northwest programs are accredited by:
• Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP)
• Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
• Council for the Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism& Related Professions (COAPRT)
• Council for the Accreditation of the American Association ofFamily and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
• Missouri State Board of Education
• National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
• National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
• National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)