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M.A. Reading Specialist

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  • Candidates preparing to become reading specialists study the components of the reading and writing processes and how children and adults develop literacy. Candidates learn diagnostic techniques and strategies that address that many different types of literacy problems struggling readers and writers may have. They learn strategies for working with all students, including special needs students and English language learners.

    The program leading to Reading Specialist Certification consists of 39 credits described below and a comprehensive exam; or 36 credits and a thesis, which requires the student to take LTED 613. For certification eligibility, there is also a requirement of two years of teaching experience.

    Candidates for this program must produce graduate course work in three of the following six areas (some seminars may satisfy an area):

    1. children’s or adolescent literature
    2. linguistics
    3. measurement
    4. psychology
    5. organization of reading programs
    6. supervision

    Required Courses

    The following nine courses are required (30 credits):  

    Course Number 

    Course Title 

    Credits 

    LTED 637*

    Nature of Reading

    3

    LTED 641*

    Reading and the School Curriculum

    3

    LTED 606

    Literacy and Learning in the Early Child Curriculum

    3

    LTED 607

    Reading in the Secondary School

    3

    LTED 618

    Pedagogy and Application of Children's Literature K-12

    3

    LTED 646

    Practicum in Reading I: Diagnostic Procedures

    3

    LTED 643

    Practicum in Reading II

    3

    LTED 648

    Solving Reading Problems at the Elementary School Level

    3

    LTED 667

    Administration and Supervision of School Reading Programs

    3

    LTED 612**

    Research in Reading

    3

    *Courses to be taken at the beginning of the program.
    **Course to be taken in the final semester. 

    Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog.


    Electives

    Select 3 credits from the following list:  

    Course Number 

    Course Title 

    Credits 

    LTED 601

    Reading and Multi-Media

    3

    LTED 621

    Microcomputers and Reading Instruction

    3

     

    Select 6 credits from the following list:  

    Course Number 

    Course Title 

     Credits 

    LTED 602

    Reading Disabilities Remediation

    3

    LTED 605

    Literacy in the Elementary Curriculum

    3

    LTED 609

    Literacy Strategies for the Early Childhood Classroom

    3

    LTED 610

    Literacy in the Middle School

    3

    LTED 613

    Advanced Research in Reading (for thesis students only)

    3

    LTED 614

    Pedagogical Aspects of Teaching Writing in the K-12 Classroom

    3

    LTED 635

    Effective Literacy Strategies for English Language Learners

    3

    LTED 642

    Seminar in Reading: Selected Topics

    3

    Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog.