Catalog Year

2020-2021

Degree

Certificate

Credits

18

Locations

Online

Reading (GC)

Reading education works best when it honors diversity and holds to high international standards. The College of Education’s M.S. in Reading does both. The program is designed for current teachers or administrators interested in the latest evidence-based findings in reading instruction for K-12 students.

Our knowledgeable and committed faculty teach up-to-date theory and practice, so students are prepared to plan, implement and assess effective classroom, building, and district-wide reading programs in ways that make measurable differences for K-12 students.

The fully online, asynchronous program is specifically designed for working teachers. Rolling admission and flexible enrollment options allow students to juggle the realities of life and work while earning a degree. 

Graduates are prepared to serve as experts in the field of reading and to meet the unique needs of all students in a K-12 setting. M.S. in Reading graduates are also instructional leaders within their school contexts and are able to provide professional knowledge to colleagues in the area of reading.

The Graduate Certificate in Reading is designed for licensed teachers who want to add to their specializations or community college faculty interested in teaching developmental reading.

Admissions

• In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, preference will be given to students who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

• Students with a GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for admission after successfully completing 6 graduate credits within the department with a grade of B or higher as a non-degree-seeking student. 

• Students must submit two recommendation forms that address the student’s professional competence. 

 

Program Requirements

Common Core

This course provides an introduction to the Response to Intervention (RTI) initiative. Different implementation models will be reviewed, along with specific factors important to consider when designing programs. An overview of progress monitoring and intervention strategies will be provided.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an in-depth study of assessment strategies for readers at different levels. Effective reading assessments for groups and individual learners, data-driven decision-making, and assessment of curriculum will be emphasized. Data analysis and patterns of performance will be highlighted.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on implementing high-quality, research based literacy instruction within the disciplines/content areas. The course emphasizes the use of varied instructional approaches and materials related to vocabulary and comprehension of a wide-range of print-based and multimodal texts. Students will be able to: identify features of a motivating environment for literacy learning and plan appropriate explicit instruction for literacy within disciplines/content areas.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an in-depth study of instructional strategies and interventions for readers at different levels. Effective reading strategies for groups and individual learners, data-based curriculum decisions, and selection of appropriate materials and instructional strategies will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on recent research, issues, and instructional approaches in K-12 reading. Emphasis is placed on providing effective instruction for all learners and includes topics related to content and pedagogy. Students will develop the ability to: explain components of a balanced approach to literacy instruction, describe phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension and their contribution to reading, plan and deliver effective instruction, and reflect on literacy instruction.

Prerequisites: none

This field-based course is designed as the capstone experience for students completing the reading teacher program. The focus is on assessment and intervention experiences with struggling readers.

Prerequisites: none

Degree Plan

The Degree Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual degree plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 6 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of assessment strategies for readers at different levels. Effective reading assessments for groups and individual learners, data-driven decision-making, and assessment of curriculum will be emphasized. Data analysis and patterns of performance will be highlighted.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on recent research, issues, and instructional approaches in K-12 reading. Emphasis is placed on providing effective instruction for all learners and includes topics related to content and pedagogy. Students will develop the ability to: explain components of a balanced approach to literacy instruction, describe phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension and their contribution to reading, plan and deliver effective instruction, and reflect on literacy instruction.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 6 Credits

This course focuses on implementing high-quality, research based literacy instruction within the disciplines/content areas. The course emphasizes the use of varied instructional approaches and materials related to vocabulary and comprehension of a wide-range of print-based and multimodal texts. Students will be able to: identify features of a motivating environment for literacy learning and plan appropriate explicit instruction for literacy within disciplines/content areas.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an in-depth study of instructional strategies and interventions for readers at different levels. Effective reading strategies for groups and individual learners, data-based curriculum decisions, and selection of appropriate materials and instructional strategies will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

Summer - 6 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the Response to Intervention (RTI) initiative. Different implementation models will be reviewed, along with specific factors important to consider when designing programs. An overview of progress monitoring and intervention strategies will be provided.

Prerequisites: none

This field-based course is designed as the capstone experience for students completing the reading teacher program. The focus is on assessment and intervention experiences with struggling readers.

Prerequisites: none