M.Ed. in Reading/Language Arts

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Program Description

The Master of Education in Reading/Language Arts is designed for practicing professionals in the field. The program develops reflective practitioners with the knowledge and skills for effective reading/language arts instruction. Candidates will become proactive instructional leaders and literacy advocates of students at all levels of literacy development. Two strands are available for this degree:


Admission

To be regularly admitted to the graduate school, applicants must submit to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both undergraduate and graduate (Note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate and graduate work is expected)
  4. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test


NOTE: Candidates may be permitted to enroll for one semester while their admission file is incomplete.

Applicants with completed files are reviewed for regular admission by graduate faculty in each program area and are selected by faculty based on information in the completed file.

Applicants must submit to the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations:

  1. Two letters of recommendations (the form is available from the LLSP Office)
  2. A copy of applicant’s teaching certificate if the intention is to sit for the Texas Reading Specialist Certification Exam
  3. Acceptable writing sample

In addition, applicants must complete an online questionnaire that shows that (1) they are presently teaching (or have access to a class) so that assignments can be applied and (2) they possess the necessary technology skills for graduate work/research.

 


Degree Requirements

There are two different programs leading to a Masters of Education in Reading/Language Arts. One program is designed for those students interested in the Reading Specialist Certification and the other for those students who wish a Masters Degree in Reading, but are not interested in sitting for the certification exam. Both programs require a 36-hour degree plan and are designed for those holding a valid Elementary or Secondary teaching certificate. The candidate must have two years successful teaching experience and successfully complete a departmental comprehensive and/or portfolio examination before taking the Reading Specialist Exam. Candidates must be enrolled in coursework during the semester they submit their comprehensive portfolio. The degree plans originate in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations.

M.Ed. in Reading leading to the Reading Specialist Certification

 

Foundations of Literacy
3 SCH
Literature and Instructional Materials in Reading Programs
3 SCH
Cognition and Emergent Literacy
3 SCH
The Administration and Supervision of Literacy Programs
3 SCH
Social, Cultural and Language Influence on Learning
3 SCH
Language Arts: Theory and Instruction
3 SCH
Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies I
3 SCH
Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies II
3 SCH
Improvement of Literacy in Secondary Schools and Adult Populations
3 SCH
Research in Language and Literacy I
3 SCH
The Politics of Literacy
3 SCH
Internship in Reading Supervision
3 SCH

 

Course Prerequisites in the Master of Education in Reading

1 Prerequisite: READ 5306 <RDG 530>
2 Prerequisite: Enroll concurrently with READ 5308 <RDG 533>
3 Prerequisite: Enroll concurrently with READ 5307 <RDG 532>
4 Prerequisite: READ 5306 <RDG 530>, READ 5307 <RDG 532>, READ 5308 <RDG 533>
5 Prerequisite: READ 7330 <RDG 638>

M.Ed. in Reading (not leading to the Reading Specialist Certification)

Required Courses (24 hours)

 

Foundations of Literacy
3 SCH
Literature and Instructional Materials in Reading Programs
3 SCH
Cognition and Emergent Literacy
3 SCH
  or  
Improvement of Literacy in Secondary Schools and Adult Populations
3 SCH
Social, Cultural and Language Influence on Learning
3 SCH
Language Arts: Theory and Instruction
3 SCH
Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies I
3 SCH
Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies II
3 SCH
The Politics of Literacy
3 SCH
Electives (12 hours)
Any other 500/600-level RDG course
Any 500/600-level courses in C&I, CNE, LS, ENG, EDL, or SPD

 

 


Courses

Reading (READ)

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