Master of Science in Reading Education

Admission Requirements

For the M.S., teacher licensure at one of the following levels: early childhood, elementary, middle or secondary education.

The Reading Education program follows the School of Graduate Studies requirements for a cumulative undergraduate minimum grade point average of 2.75 or a junior/senior year minimum grade point average of 3.00. Applicants must satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as listed in the Graduate Academic Information section of the graduate catalog. Transcripts, recommendations, and a personal statement, i.e., a response to three essay prompts, are part of the School of Graduate Studies and Reading Education application procedure. The personal statement essay should be three pages in length and the prompts are:

  1. Describe your professional background, especially as it relates to teaching reading, writing and other areas of reading/language arts.
  2. What characteristics and strengths do you possess that make you a good candidate for this degree program?
  3. Discuss your professional goals.

Refer to the School of Graduate Studies Admissions and the Education Admissions Process sections of the graduate catalog for additional information on degree and application requirements and procedures.

Degree Requirements

  1. Core Requirements for the Reading Education major and literacy education electives: The courses in the major engage students in learning content about diverse readers, writers, and speakers; curriculum, methods of teaching and assessing; literacy theory and foundations; and professional perspective. T&L 583 Reading Clinic, one of the Core Requirements, involves students in a practicum experience in which they work with readers to apply their core knowledge about teaching literacy to diverse readers.
  2. Research: This component of the program supports development of skills for scholarly inquiry and systematic study of one’s own practice; learning about scholarly inquiry is integrated throughout the coursework.

The credit hours for the M.S., Reading Education may consist of:

T&L 524Reading in the Content Areas2
T&L 525Writing in the Classroom3
T&L 530Foundations of Reading Instruction3
T&L 534Basic Reading Diagnosis and Remediation2
T&L 536Innovations in English Language Arts Instruction3
T&L 583Reading Clinic2
Select up to three of the following:9
Children's and Young Adult Literature in the Classroom
Early Literacy Development and Instruction
Leadership in Literacy
Secondary English Language Arts & Literacy Instruction
T&L 995Scholarly Project2
or T&L 997 Independent Study
or T&L 998 Thesis
Scholarly Tools
Select two of the following:6
Action Research
Classroom Based Inquiry
Progress Monitoring
Introduction to Applied Educational Research
Statistics I
Total Credits32