The Master of Education in Reading will enhance the graduate student's knowledge of the reading process with current theory and research as well as classroom application. The graduate student will develop the ability to work directly or indirectly with students who have either failed to benefit from regular classroom instruction in reading or those who could benefit from advanced training in reading skills.
1Phonics & Foundation of Literacy
History of the English language, linguistics, and the use phonics as it relates to the reading process. Phonics as a major strategy in comprehension for emergent readers. Holistic philosophy and teaching.
2Effective Literacy Instruction
Advanced course in literacy teaching. Identifies essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are considered foundational in teaching, reading, and writing. Content organized into components of comprehensive and coherent program. Emphasizes effective instruction rooted in scientific research in literacy education within a standards-based system.
3Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Disabilities
Formal and informal testing for reading related disabilities. Factors associated with reading problems. Miscue analysis, portfolio assessment emphasized. Assessment portfolio for classroom use developed.
4Teaching Reading to Children with Special Needs
Course that extends the holistic teaching of reading to those students who process language and language learning in a multitude of ways. Focus will include developmentally appropriate practices and strategies for identified special needs students, ESL students, and gifted students.