Masters Program Details

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The Master of Education in Reading is a graduate degree program housed in the Department of Learning and Teaching in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia.  This degree is offered to educators certified in teaching who desire graduate studies in literacy theories, research, and instructional practices.  The Reading program is fully online and consists of 30 credit hours.

Program Description

The Master of Education in Reading is a graduate degree program housed in the Department of Learning and Teaching in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. This degree is offered to educators certified in teaching who desire graduate studies in literacy theories, research, and instructional practices. The Reading program is fully online and consists of 30 credit hours. The program is designed for the needs of practicing professionals, and are based on the standards of the International Reading Association and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Students learn strategies for developing an awareness that speaking, listening, reading, and writing are interrelated and how these skills impact a child's literacy development.

Graduates in the program develop professional excellence by...

  • Understanding literacy theory and research and how they impact assessment and instruction for effective reading and writing best practices across all content areas.
  • Leading inquisitive learning through technology and culturally responsible thinking to motivate all students.
  • Engaging students in developing critical stances through collaborative interactions during reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing for life-long learning.
  • Improving literacy curriculum, student progress, and refining teaching for the betterment of society.

The program meets the Standards for Reading Professionals as developed by the International Reading Association. While not a requirement to graduate, passing the appropriate GACE exams qualifies on to have Reading Specialist added to the teaching certificate.

Admission requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in a teaching field
  • 2.7 undergraduate GPA
  • Possess or eligible for a level 4 teaching certificate

Plan of Study: M.Ed._Reading_Education(1).pdf

For more information:
Visit: http://www.westga.edu/coeelce
Phone: 678-839-6559

* NOTE: The current program sheet is under revision; requirements may change and hours may be reduced for students beginning Spring 2014.

Method of Delivery

Online program available.

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 30
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

Online program available.

Methods and Materials in the Teaching of Reading - READ-6262
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An introduction to the skills, approaches, materials, and methods of reading instruction.

Special Topics - READ-6285
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: Titles and descriptions of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit.

Integrating Language, Literacy and Technology across Content Area - READ-7201
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: This course is designed to help teachers communicate, integrate, and apply language, literacy, and technology strategies and skills within the content areas.

Literacy Engagement through Writing - READ-7261
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This is an in-depth interactive course in which P-A candidates engage in literature based practices for effective writing instruction and assessment.

Trends in Literacy Education - READ-7262
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Seminar in the areas of current and historical issues confronting the literacy professional.

Comprehensive Literacy Assessments and Interventions - READ-7263
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Introduction and implementation of formal and informal assessments to analyze P-Adult literacy strengths and needs to determine interventions for progress monitoring.

Clinical Practice in Reading - READ-7264
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Supervised clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of reading disabilities.

Literature Based Reading - READ-7265
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An examination of the theoretical, research, and historical foundations of literature-based reading with particular emphasis on the process of implementing literature-based reading in the classroom.

Supervision in Reading - READ-7269
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A study of the philosophies, responsibilities and techniques of supervision in reading programming. A field based placement is required.

Literacy, Development, and Practices in the Digital Age - READ-7271
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is a seminar/discussion course dealing with the teaching of reading and writing (P- Adult) including an introduction to skills, approaches, materials, methods, philosophies, and theories. Significant literature will be reviewed from a current and historical perspective. Further, this course addresses evidenced-based elements of a comprehensive reading and writing program as suggested by the National Reading Panel (2000): phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension integrated with technology.

Independent Study - READ-7281
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: Preparation of an independent project under the direction of a full-time faculty member.

Special Topics - READ-7285
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Titles and descriptions of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

2.7 GPA

T4 certificate

Application Deadlines

Fall  - July 21

Summer  - April 15

Spring  - November 30

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

Contact:
Dr. Donna Harkins
dharkins@westga.edu

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies
Ms. Carolyn Berry
cberry@westga.edu
678-839-6125

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Candidates understand the theoretical foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  • Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
  • Candidates use various assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective literacy instruction.
  • Candidates engage students in literacy practices that value differences in our society.
  • Candidates create a literate environment.
  • Candidates demonstrate and facilitate professional learning and leadership.