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Master of Education - Reading at Frostburg State University

Master of Education – Reading

Assess reading skills, prescribe curricula and improve reading abilities of K12 students

Frostburg State University’s Master of Education with a concentration in Reading is designed for certified teachers or those who are eligible for certification and wish to specialize in improving student reading abilities. Through this program you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be certified as a reading specialist, literary coach or reading teacher. In addition to your core of nine credits in professional education, you will complete the 21-credit reading core, a three-credit reading capstone experience and six elective credit hours. The program is highly experiential and requires extensive interaction with students one evening per week through a two-semester reading clinic.

  • Take some masters courses online and some that are a blend of on-campus and online learning. Face-to-face courses are offered in the evening.
  • Complete courses that lead to advanced certification as a reading specialist.
  • Take courses in Frostburg or at the USM@Hagerstown.
  • Enroll in a masters program that is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education – NCATE.

Other MEd degree concentrations available at Frostburg State University:

Master of Education – Reading Highlights:

  • Complete a core of reading courses including such areas as children’s literature, diagnosis and correction of reading difficulties, organizing and administering a reading program and foundations of teaching reading.
  • Take part in a reading clinic that meets one evening a week for two semesters to diagnose reading difficulties, assess reading skills of students whose parents want them to receive extra support, and work with these students to raise their reading level.
  • Complete a “Clinical Program Portfolio” that documents your development through your reading master’s program and is organized around the five standards of reading professionals, as developed by the International Reading Association.
  • Complete an action research project to assess reading skills in a specific class or group of students, develop reading strategies to improve skills, prescribe and implement a reading program and follow up by analyzing results.
  • Take a reading program pre-assessment as well as a program post-assessment demonstrating knowledge gained. Both assessments are designed by reading faculty.
  • Choose to take six elective education courses or write a master’s thesis in a research area of your choice, if you prefer.
  • Join Phi Delta Kappa, the international fraternity for men and women in education. The chapter serves FSU and the tri-state area surrounding the Cumberland-Frostburg region. The group actively promotes the interests and education of professional educators.

About Our Master of Education – Reading Faculty:

  • Learn from faculty members who have many years of experience diagnosing reading difficulties in K-12 students and helping them improve their reading skills.
  • Take part in small classes that allow you to get to know your instructors well and be mentored in your career field.

Sample Master of Education – Reading Courses:

Children’s Literature – Study the content and form of children’s literature in books other than school textbooks. Learn to evaluate literature and use literary materials in teaching.

Teaching Reading in the Content Areas – Explore methods used in developing reading skills as part of the teacher’s regular classroom instruction. Understand problems related to teaching students the skills specifically needed to read subject areas.

Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties – Investigate the causes of reading problems and how to treat them. Learn about individual and group testing and remedial techniques.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Education - Reading program requirements (PDF).

Also see:

FSU’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Ed.D.

Career Outlook for Reading Specialists:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates job growth of 13% through 2022 for instructional coordinators who specialize in reading. This is slightly higher than the average growth expected across all occupations. This means if you are a K-12 reading specialist who assesses reading abilities and prescribes curriculum to improve skills, your career prospects are favorable. For more information, please visit www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook - Instructional Coordinators).

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