Master of Education in Reading Education

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 to 39 semester credit hours, including 6 semester credit hours for thesis (M.A.), or 3 seminar hours in literacy research culminating in an electronic professional portfolio (M.Ed.).


27-30 semester credit hours
Children’s literature:  3 semester credit hours
Focus area:  6 semester credit hours, subject to advisor’s approval

Final Examination

The capstone experience is a professional digital portfolio.

No grade below a B is accepted toward the master’s degree.

Master of Education in Reading Program of Study (36 semester credit hours)

Blended Program

Fall start course sequence is below. Summer start also available and would start with a Special Topics course. (See advisor.)

Fall 1
Required Orientation Saturday in August
READ 5423Literacy: Practice to Theory3
Spring 1
READ 5443Literacy: Assessment and Instruction3
Summer 1
READ 5513Literacy and the Diverse Learner3
READ 5503Phonological and Orthographic Language Systems in Literacy Learning3
Fall 2
Required mid-program conference with advisor
READ 5453Processes and Strategies for Comprehending Texts3
Spring 2
READ 5463Practicum in Literacy: Analysis of Teaching and Mentoring3
Summer 2
READ 5493Research in Literacy: Responsive Action in Schools3
READ 5523Supervision and the Teaching of Reading3
Fall 3
READ 5963Seminar in Literacy Research3
Other Courses
Two Focus Area Courses (Must be approved by advisor)6
LS 5603Literature for Children and Young Adults3
Total Semester Credit Hours36