Degree Title: Master of Education
Program Name and Number: Reading Education - ME6841
Department/Unit: Teacher Education
Delivery Mode: Athens campus, Online
Terms of Entry: Summer, Fall
Program Mission: This program is designed to help teachers further their knowledge and understanding of language and reading development, teach reading across grades K–12, administer reading assessments and make data-driven decisions, work with other teachers and specialists to design appropriate reading instruction to meet the needs of all students, and develop and conduct original research to further their own learning. This is an online program that can be completed in three semesters. Upon graduation, students are also eligible to apply to have the reading endorsement added to their Ohio teaching license.
Program Learning Objectives: Through their participation in this program, candidates will be able to:
- Explain, compare, contrast, and critique the theories of reading that have significant impact on teachers’ and researchers’ beliefs and articulate their personal theory of reading and explain how it affects their classroom instruction and research interests;
- Identify and explain theories of language and literacy acquisition and use this knowledge to create a rich language instructional context for students and work collaboratively with other educators to engage in inquiry and share understandings
- Use various assessments to determine a struggling reader’s strengths and areas of continued need
- Plan and write case study reports which include analyses and interpretations of multiple reading assessments, identification of student strengths and areas of need, and plans for further literacy instruction
- Develop several research-based strategies and activities, using a variety of appropriate reading materials, for K–12 learners
- Support classroom teachers and paraprofessionals in the development of instruction based on assessment evidence, theory, and research
- Participate in professional study groups with classroom teachers to read, discuss, and interpret research and apply theory/research to practice
- Design and implement an action research project
Program Overview: The Reading Education program is designed for teachers who already hold a teaching license at any level within the P–12 range who wish to advance their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the field of reading education. This program is designed to help teachers further their knowledge and understanding of language and reading development, teach reading across grades K–12, administer reading assessments and make data-driven decisions, work with other teachers and specialists to design appropriate reading instruction to meet the needs of all students, and develop and conduct original research to further their own learning. The program requires extensive fieldwork with students across all licensure bands (PreK–12) who require additional support in the development of their literacy skills, as well as with classroom teachers and specialists in the field. Upon completion of this program, candidates will also be eligible to apply for the K–12 Reading Endorsement to be added to their teaching license, which meets the requirements of Ohio’s Third Grade Guarantee. (Note: A stand-alone non-degree graduate-level reading endorsement program is also available online)
Opportunities for Graduates: Opportunities for graduates may include teaching, coaching, and leading school reading programs. Reading Specialists/Literacy Coaches may also serve as a resource in reading and writing for educational support personnel, administrators, teachers, and the community, provide professional development based on historical and current literature and research, work collaboratively with other professionals to build and implement reading programs for individuals and groups of students, and serve as advocates for students who struggle with reading. Many of these professionals have a specific focus that further defines their duties, such as serving as a teacher for students experiencing reading difficulties, as a reading or literacy coach, as a coordinator of reading and writing programs at the school or district, or in several combinations of these roles.
Link to Program: http://www.ohio.edu/education/academic-programs/teacher-preparation/department-of-teacher-education/masters-programs/reading-education-masters.cfm
Graduation Requirements: Candidates complete 41 semester hours* of coursework as part of this program. In addition, all candidates must complete a Master’s Research Project. Candidates studying full time may expect to graduate in one calendar year (3 academic semesters). (*may be reduced to 35 if comparable undergraduate courses have been completed)
Culminating Experience: All candidates complete a Master’s Research Project as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: All applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree program and hold a teaching license. Additionally, to be considered for admission to the program, all applicants must submit: an application, three (3) letters of recommendation, a writing sample, a statement of purpose, and transcripts.