Master of Education, Reading--Reading Specialist
Overview of the Program
The School of Education Master of Education, Reading--Reading Specialist prepares graduates to become reading specialists for children in kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Program candidates will apply reading theory and research, learn new methodologies, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Candidates address the Alaska English/Language Arts standards as well as the CCSS, while recognizing and addressing how individual students may vary in achieving standardized goals. Candidates increase their abilities to teach fluent reading skills and comprehension strategies, assess reading difficulties, and develop student engagement in reading. Candidates gain the skills to work with colleagues and provide leadership in literacy issues to their colleagues and district.
The International Reading Association nationally recognizes the M.ED. Reading--Reading Specialist Program.
The M.Ed. Reading-Reading Specialist program is completely distance delivered, with the exception of one summer, three-week course conducted in Juneau. All distance courses use computer or audioconference instruction. Coursework is dynamic, interactve and reflective. Assignments often apply concepts directly with classroom practice. Successful completion of eight courses in the masters sequence qualify the participant for a recommendation of reading endorsement for state licensure.
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Comments from the NCATE Review by the International Reading Association
"Their theory of "classrooms as cultures" that permeates throughout the program is quite relevant. The entire program is extremely culturally responsive. Their conceptual framework is aligned with the Alaska State Standards and IRA standards. Their program has a strong philosophical base. They have a wide range of field experiences that will assist the candidate in reflecting on their growth as literacy professional. Braided discussions, as a forum, for self-reflection is novel." (2002)
Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)
|Minimum Credit Hours||33|
|EDET||S628||Technology in Instructional Design||3|
|EDRE||S671||Language Reading and Culture||3|
|EDRE||S674||Developing Reading ECE-12||3|
|EDRE||S675||Reading and Cognition||3|
|EDRE||S676||Reading Instruction and Assessment I||3|
|EDRE||S677||Reading Instruction and Assessment II||3|
|EDRE||S678||Literature and Reading, Supporting Readers at All Levels||3|
|EDRE||S679||Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas||3|
|EDRE||S696||Reading Teacher as Leader*||3|
|EDRE||S698||Master’s Research Project or Portfolio||3|
|*Must pass ED S696 with a B or higher to graduate|
|Recommendation for certification will be issued upon completion of the above coursework. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development grants the endorsement upon completion of the Institutional Recommendations and the required fee from the student. Students must be accepted into the graduate certificate program.|
Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. The following items are necessary for a complete application:
- A completed graduate application and $60 processing fee.
- Official academic transcript indicating a baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.0.
- Two letters of recommendation on the School of Education Letter of Recommendation form.
- Writing assessment
A 2-3 page typewritten, double-spaced formal paper containing a summary of your educational experiences, a description of professional goals related to what is needed to teach Alaska's students and those beyond and a statement of how the program might help in attaining those goals. This statement will be judged in terms of readability and style as well as compatibility of the student's objectives, expectations and goals of the program.
- Statement of ability to do field experience (pdf)
- A copy of current teaching or administrative certificate.
Send all of these items to:
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801-8671
READING SPECIALIST M. Ed.
COURSE SEQUENCE POSSIBILITIES
2 Courses per semester: 2 years
All Courses without an asterisk are offered in only the semester indicated.
*EDET 628: Offered all three semesters
*ED 626: Offered Fall and Spring semesters
EDRE 698: Must be taken only after all other courses are completed.
1 Course per semester: 3 years
*626 is offered both Fall and Spring. Students may choose which semester to add the extra course.
Reading Specialist Core: Required for Endorsement/Graduate Certificate
Language, Reading and Culture
Developing Reading ECE-12
Reading and Cognition
Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers at all Levels
Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas
Reading Instruction and Assessment I
Reading Instruction and Assessment II
Reading Teacher as Leader
Masters (MEd) additional courses
Technology in Instructional Design