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Reading Program Options & Courses

Peabody's master of education program in Reading Education is a three-semester program designed to focus on literacy development, assessment, and instruction of students with diverse learning and literacy needs. The program meets standards suggested by the International Reading Association and NCATE accrediting standards. To be admitted, students must have teacher licensure, or equivalent teaching experiences. The program of study can be designed to fulfill the requirements for an add-on endorsement as a reading specialist. Careful selection of coursework can lead to dual ELL and reading specialist endorsements. Below is an overview of typical program schedules, as well as descriptions of required courses. 


Reading Specialist Endorsement

Fall Schedule: Spring Schedule:  Summer I, Summer II, or Fall:
EDUC 6400: Literacy Development  EDUC 6420: Literacy for Diverse and Special Needs Learners  Professional Core Choice or Elective 
EDUC 6410: Literacy Assessment and Professional Development  EDUC 6340:  Reading and Learning with Print and New Media  Professional Core Choice or Elective 
EDUC 6421:  Diverse and Special Needs Learners Year-long Practicum  EDUC 6421:  Diverse and Special Needs Learners Year-long Practicum   
Professional Core Choice or Elective EDUC 7992: Capstone Seminar  
Choice of class from  Language Development and Language Arts  requirement  Choice of class from  Language Development and Language Arts  requirement (if not taken in the fall)  
  Professional Core Choice or Elective  


Dual Endorsements, ELL and Reading Specialist

Fall Schedule: Spring Schedule:  Summer I, Summer II, or Fall:
EDUC 6400: Literacy Development  EDUC 6420: Literacy for Diverse and Special Needs Learners  EDUC 6340:  Reading and Learning with Print and New Media
EDUC 6410: Literacy Assessment and Professional Development  EDUC 6421:  Diverse and Special Needs Learners Practicum EDUC 6520: Foundations of ELL Education
EDUC 6421:  Diverse and Special Needs Learners Practicum  EDUC 7992: Capstone Seminar EDUC 6521: 6520 Co-requisite Practicum
EDUC 6530: Educational Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition EDUC 6540: Methods and Materials for ELL Education  Professional Core Choice
  EDUC 6541: 6540 Co-requisite Practicum  
  EDUC 6550: Assessment of ELL Students   

  EDUC 6551: 6550 Co-requisite Practicum  


Required Courses:

EDUC 6400: Literacy Development (3 credits, Fall)
Survey of theories and approaches to developing reading and writing in school-based settings. In-depth development of theory and research related to literacy development, with an emphasis on reading/writing processes and instruction.

EDUC 6410: Literacy Assessment and Professional Development (3 credits, Fall)
Study of literacy assessment research and practices, multiple opportunities for collecting and analyzing data using multiple assessment tools, and methods for implementing diagnostic findings in PreK-12 settings., emphasizing corrective instruction. Attention is given to professional development of teachers in areas of literacy development and methods for communicating the use of assessment information to guide instructional decisions.

EDUC 6421: Year Long Practicum (Fall: 1 credit; Spring: 2 credits)
Students plan and conduct literacy instruction for students with serious reading/writing difficulties. Emphasis on analysis of multiple forms of data and instructional decisions and communication of these analyses with teachers, families, and paraprofessionals; implications for professional development are derived and communicated.

EDUC 6420: Literacy for Diverse and Special Needs Learners (3 credits, Spring)
Emphasis on theories, research, philosophies, principles, and procedures associated with development approaches to literacy instruction for students experiencing problems with literacy development. Analysis of multiple factors and handicapping conditions contributing to literacy difficulties and how these affect diagnostic and instructional outcomes. Focus on methodologies for accommodating literacy problems in regular classrooms and special settings, and communicating with professional, parents, and paraprofessionals.

ENED 6430: Reading and Learning with Print and New Media (3 credits)
Studies print and technology-based approaches to improving reading and content area learning in grades 6-12 with a special emphasis on diverse learners and struggling readers. Drawing on research-based practice, students learn to design, enact, and assess effective reading and literacy instruction. 


Elective courses round out the program in the areas of Language Arts, Humanistic Dimensions of Education, Behavioral Studies, Teaching Strategies, and Assessment/Research Tools. The current program is 31 credit hours and usually spans three semesters. Students have the option of completing a capstone experience, creating a portfolio, or writing a thesis. Click here for a full list of course options.

 

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