Master of Education in Reading
A graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree with specialization in reading is offered for fully certified elementary and secondary school teachers. A master’s degree also certifies the graduate as a reading specialist.
The program requires that candidates pass through various status categories from admission to graduation. The following describes those categories and the requirements. The status categories are: 1) Foundational Status, 2) Practicum Status, and 3) Program Completion.
Awarded to candidates who successfully complete the following:
- Completed application through the admissions office (including three letters of reference, transcripts (3.0 GPA required in previous course work), evidence of teaching certificate and all clearances.
- Undergraduate degree or certification in elementary education from a regionally accredited university.
- Completion of background courses for candidates not certified in elementary education from accredited university.
- Successful completion of an interview with a designated reading faculty member who will act as advisor.
Foundation Status Requirements
- Meet “standard expectations” in professional dispositions.
- Complete efolio and present to advisor for review.
- Maintain GPA of 3.0.
- Complete the following courses with a “B” or higher:
- EEC423 Effective Instructional Strategies for Children with Exceptionalities
- TCH600 Research
- RDG413 Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
- RDG528 Foundations of Literacy Development
- RDG529 Reading and Reasoning Beyond the Primary Grades
- RDG537 Brain Based Strategies for Literacy Learners Experiencing Difficulty
- EEC483 Assessing Children with Exceptionalities
- Special Education Elective
The Praxis Reading Specialist exam must be passed before graduation and/or certification as a reading specialist. It is recommended that this exam be taken during RDG535 Seminar in Literacy, Language and Reading.