The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers this degree program.
Is this program for me?
The M. Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction -Reading, Language Arts, and Literature Education offers graduates two options to prepare for positions in literacy education:
- A Master’s degree without certification – This option enables the students and advisors to tailor a degree plan specific to interests in literacy education. Students interested in this route may be previously certified to teach or interested in learning more about research in the field.
- A Master’s Degree with Teacher certification – In addition to providing students with research skills, this option provides preparation for 3 different possible certifications:
- Standard Teacher Certification in English, Language Arts and Reading – students may choose to be certified at the 4th through 8th grade level or the 8th -12th grade level.
- Reading Specialist Certification- This certification allows students to work at all levels, from Early Childhood through 12th grade. They will typically assist students with reading through various methods and strategies and also serve as coach/mentors to other teachers.
- Master Reading Teacher - This certification allows students to work at all levels, from Early Childhood through 12th grade. In terms of coursework, this certification would require only one additional course on the Reading Specialist Certification plan.
It will typically take 2 to 3 years to complete the degree if students are enrolled full-time (9 hours per semester).
What will I learn?
The Master’s Program in Curriculum & Instruction -Reading, Language Arts and Literature Education develops professional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through
- Core coursework
- Specialized electives
- Comprehensive exam or Master’s Thesis
Please note that those who choose the Reading Specialist Certification option must take the Comprehensive Exam instead of the Master’s Thesis.
Students will specifically learn to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of literacy development for Early Childhood through 12th grade students.
- Be cognizant of books and strategies that motivate youngsters to become lifetime readers.
- Be able to administer and interpret various assessment tools used to evaluate reading difficulties.
- Demonstrate presentation skills for working with in-service teachers in the area of professional development.
Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading, Language Arts and Literature Education.
What can I do with my degree?
A master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading and Language Arts and Literature Education provides the best possible preparation for careers as leaders in schools and child-related agencies such as hospitals, industry, and mental health.
Graduates of this program may pursue the following positions:
- Community College Instructors
- Master Reading Teachers
- Reading Specialists
- Curriculum Specialists
- Literacy Coaches/Mentors
- 4th -8th grade Language Arts Classroom Teacher
- 8th-12th grade English Classroom Teacher
To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist.