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Master of Education/Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction; Reading Specialist

The Department of Teaching & Learning holds as its central mission the preparation and development of educators at all levels. The department ensures that its professional education programs are based on essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practice. The Department offers a M.Ed. in 17 areas of concentration as well as a M.S. in 13 of those areas. The master’s degree consists of required core courses coupled with courses specifically related to an area of concentration. A culminating experience or thesis concludes the degree and provides evidence of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions gained while in the program.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Situate present-day reading instruction and initiatives within historical, social, cultural and political perspectives, examining both practice and policy;
  • Select, develop, administer, and interpret assessments, both traditional print and electronic, for specific purposes and identify techniques for supporting teachers in their efforts to use assessments to provide effective instruction for all students;
  • Refine skills in working with others in professional development and/or a coaching relationship, including identifying needs, establishing goals, and developing, implementing and evaluating a plan;
  • Communicate effectively with various constituencies;
  • Gain practical ideas that will help improve literacy instruction in our classrooms and schools including engaging learners in learning and applying content across disciplines through a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources;
  • Examine programmatic challenges in literacy instruction for learners at various stages of development and diverse backgrounds.

Career Possibilities

  • Elementary and secondary teaching
  • Reading specialist
  • Literacy coach
  • Learning strategist