This program is designed for certified teachers to prepare for entry level positions in reading by providing knowledge, theories, techniques, skills, and strategies appropriate to reading instruction and assessment in a variety of academic settings where graduates exemplify leadership, scholarship, and a commitment to professional development.
This program is intended to lead to advanced certification.
Levels of Specialization
- Reading Teacher
- Reading Specialist
- To promote learning by providing many different paths for the student to construct knowledge about reading.
- To integrate learning so that topics are connected across the program components assuring competence as a reading professional.
- To provide learning through engagement with peers and others in learning communities such as Mentoring Groups in which students in the Reading Program are sustained and challenged.
- To require students to engage in action, analysis, and reflection of program areas of knowledge, skills, and dispositions through core program components and individual classes.
- To integrate the International Reading Association Standards for professionals throughout all program components
- To promote scholarship, leadership, and service through development of a portfolio, membership in a Mentoring Group, and development of an inservice.
Special Admission Criteria
Applicants to this program must submit evidence of professional experience in schools. Appeals to this policy may be made in writing to the Coordinator of the Reading Program, but in no case may a person who is not a certified teacher or eligible for certification be admitted.
Professional Education Core
EDUC 603 Principles and Practices of Research
EDUC 606 Developmental Theory and Experiential Growth
EDUC 640 Curriculum Development
REED 540 Children's Literature
REED 610 Foundations of Teaching Reading
REED 617 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
REED 620 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems
REED 637 Organizing and Administering the Reading Program
REED 695 Reading Clinic (6 credits)
Capstone Inservice (3 credits)
EDUC 700 Research paper / project
Electives or thesis (6 credits)
EDUC 710 Thesis or 6 credit option with advisor approval
(List of suggested electives available from program coordinator)
Special Degree Requirements
- Study Plan: All students must complete a plan of study prior to taking their first course or during their first semester of graduate study. This plan must be with advisement from the Graduate Reading Coordinator or their assigned advisor.
- Admission to Candidacy: All students must apply for admission to candidacy through their graduate advisor. A candidacy form will be completed and filed with the advisor and a form will be filed with the Graduate Office. Admission to Candidacy occurs when the student has completed a minimum of 15 credits. Students must have completed the three Professional Core courses (EDUC 603, EDUC 606, and EDUC 640) as part of this admission process and six credits within the program concentration. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required as well as the approval of the advisor and two other faculty members who have taught the student. Transfer courses are not counted toward the 15-18 credits unless they are accepted as equivalent courses and then the grades are not calculated in the GPA. The advisor and the Program Coordinator have the right to require that a student remediate deficiencies even if that requires extra courses or to require that a student be disenrolled from the program based on the student's aptitude and professional growth and potential. If disenrolled, the student has the right to appeal to the Educational Professions Graduate Leadership Team and, if disenrolled, may reapply to the program after one year.
- Mentoring Group: All students will be assigned to a Mentoring Group. At the completion of their program, they must provide documentation of participation.
- Portfolio: All students must complete a portfolio presentation by the end of their program.
- Inservice: All students must develop and deliver an inservice to successfully complete the program. Credit for the development of this inservice is through EDUC 700.
Reading Coordinator: Dr. Roger Dow / Phone: 301-687-4431