The Master of Education in Reading Education is offered in a cohort, four phase delivery for a total of 33 credit hours.

Phase I: Foundations of Reading and Technology (12 hrs)

READ 6100: Current Issues and Practices in Literacy Education  (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

Theories, research, and instructional methods associated with reading and language arts, preschool through high school; questions of effectiveness related to instructional approaches and materials; related topics such as multicultural literacy, the role of phonics, and assessment

 

READ 6252: K-12 Writing Development and Instruction  (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

Theories, research, and critical issues related to students’ writing development and effective writing instruction. Field experience required

 

READ 6265: Multi-literacies in a Global World: Reading and Writing Texts in New Times  (3) 
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Immerses students in both the theory and practice of multi-literacies and considers how globalization has created a more complex environment for teachers and students. Focus goes beyond traditional print-based literacy to multiple forms of knowing, including print, images, video, combinations of forms in digital contexts, which are represented in interrelated and complex ways.

 

RSCH 6101: Research Methods  (3) 
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

An orientation to designs and procedures utilized in educational research, emphasizing basic principles for conducting research, interpreting and evaluating published articles representative of educational problems and issues.

Phase II: Expanding Content and Pedagogical Knowledge (9 hrs)
Candidates must have completed Phase I. 

READ 6250: Emergent and Elementary Literacy  (3) 
Offered in Summer | No prerequisites

Critical reading and use of the literature in literacy education, examination of literacy content taught in the K-6 curriculum with an emphasis on pre-K and beginning reading instruction research, theory and practice, multiple models and approaches for teaching and assessing learning in literacy development, required action research project.

 

READ 6255: Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing   (3) 
Offered in Summer | No prerequisites

Theories, research, and instructional methods associated with reading and writing in the content areas, with a special emphasis on grades 6-12. Field experience and action research project are required.

 

READ 6300:  Global Literacy in a Multicultural World: Genre Study  (3) 
Offered in Second Summer | No prerequisites

Examines various genres and texts that provide a global and multicultural perspective of literacy, and considers methods for incorporating these genres and texts into the K-12 classroom.

Phase III: Developmentally Appropriate Assessment and Instruction (6 hrs)

EDUC 6254 Individualizing Instruction for Diverse Learners  (3) 
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

Instructional modifications/adaptations related to meeting the individual learning needs of students. Emphasis on teaming, collaboration, and creating a classroom environment in which all learners can be successful. Differences among learners that are influenced by development, exceptionalities, and diversity are explored using case study methodology.

 

READ 6204 Teaching Reading to English Language Learners  (3) 
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

Research, theory, and instructional practices related to the reading process and reading instruction for English Language Learners in K-12 classrooms; relationship between language development and reading; examination of instructional materials; and field-based application of course content.

Phase IV: Reflective Leadership (6 hrs)

READ 6260 Diagnostic Assessment and Instruction in Reading  (3) 
Offered in Spring | Restriction: Completion of Phase I and II 

Examination, uses, and critique of theories and research about literacy processes and problems; diagnosis and correction of reading disabilities; instructional strategies designed to improve reading proficiency.

 

READ 6474: Collaborative Leadership in Literacy Education  (3) 
Offered in Spring | Prerequisite: READ 6260  and Restriction: Completion of Phase I, II and III

Investigates models and strategies for assuming the leadership responsibilities of a literacy specialist, including mentoring, staff development, school-wide literacy program development and assessment, supporting the action research of teachers, and developing partnerships with parents and community volunteers.