The master of arts reading specialist program is designed to prepare certified teachers for reading specialist certification (K-12). This program will enable candidates to:
- Strengthen their foundational knowledge of reading and writing processes.
- Apply varied instructional practices, methods, and curriculum materials to literacy instruction.
- Use assessment to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.
- Create literate environments that foster literacy instruction.
- View professional development in reading as a career-long effort.
Candidates are required to complete a ten-course program of study in reading for a total of 30 graduate credit hours, including practicum experiences at both the elementary and intermediate/upper level. These requirements and experiences will support the candidate to:
- Understand the principles, practices and problems in public and private school programs with an emphasis on application of current theory and research in reading education.
- Interpret the historical development of reading education in America, utilizing contemporary curriculum organization models and pertinent research.
- Analyze contemporary reading and instruction issues in the United States, including the obstacles and challenges faced by educators and current educational policy-making and reform.
- Synthesize reading curriculum, teaching and pedagogy into effective teacher leadership in classrooms and beyond
- Create appropriate strategies for improved teacher practice and successful learning outcomes.
- Develop the professional habit and responsibility for reflective practice, both in general classroom pedagogy and in the specific learning perspectives of individual students.
To be eligible to receive this master of arts degree, students must complete 30 credit hours of coursework as well as the capstone experience.