Education Specialist Degree in Reading and Language, Ed.S.

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This 10-course/30-credit, advanced-level graduate program is designed to meet the needs of experienced educators who already hold a M.Ed. in a field other than reading and language. This program does not lead to licensure.

Note: Massachusetts teachers seeking licensure should refer to the MA licensure track of the Ed.S. in Reading and Language.

First time students should register using the Non-Degree Course Registration Form for NEW Students. For academic advising on this degree program, please contact Dr. Vera Ossen at

Foundations of Education - 1 course/3 credits

  1. EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations - Available Summer 2017!

Specialization - 6 courses/18 credits

  1. EDUC.6100 Teaching Reading in Content Area - Available Summer 2017!
  2. EDUC.5220 Young Adult Literature (06.522)
  3. EDUC.5270 Language Acquisition
  4. EDUC.5280 Assessment of Reading and Language Disabilities *
  5. EDUC.5290 Treatment Reading and Language Disabilities
  6. EDUC.5490 Theory and Research: Reading and Language

Research and Evaluation - 1 course/3 credits

  1. EDUC.5413 Practitioner Action Research OR
  2. EDUC.6423 Program Evaluation - Available Summer 2017!

Electives - 1 course/3 credits

  1. Select appropriate EDUC.xxxx course with permission of advisor.

Culminating Seminar - 1 course/3 credits

  1. EDUC.6560 Ed.S Seminar **

*EDUC.5280 is a prerequisite for EDUC.5290. These two courses are best taken in consecutive semesters and should not be taken as first courses in the program.

**This course may only be taken after the completion of eight courses in the program.

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Course Descriptions

EDUC.5220 Young Adult Literature (06.522)

The major emphasis of the course will be discussion and analysis of the goals of a literature curriculum and the exploration of various methods for achieving these goals. The characteristics of the different genres of literature will be discussed in detail 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5270 Language Acquisition

This course will focus on the study of the acquisition of language and the relationship of language learning to the development of literacy. Students will examine both first and second language acquisition. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge of language acquisition to best teaching practices for enhancing first and second language development in the classroom and to the development of literacy. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5280 Assessment of Reading and Language Disabilities

This course examines the selection and use of procedures to make an adequate clinical and educational diagnosis. Includes the assessment of function and dysfunction in factors associated with language development; receptive, expressive, writing, reading; and the administration and interpretation of individual and group tests of perceptual, motor, and conceptual functioning in reading and language. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5290 Treatment Reading and Language Disabilities

This course will explore the specific practices in remedial teaching in grades K-12, using published materials, and developing new materials for small group, whole class, and tutoring settings. Students will develop and implement realistic corrective programs based on the interpretation of literacy assessments. These programs will include selecting strategies of instruction and materials, and establishing a framework of time and evaluation. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 06.528 pre-req

EDUC.5413 Practitioner Action Research

This course examines how action research helps educators to learn to explore pressing classroom and school issues in systematic ways. Action research provide educators with opportunities to deepen their knowledge and skills as reflective practitioners, allowing them to contribute to the achievement of students and the improvement of schools. 3 credits.

EDUC.5490 Theory and Research: Reading and Language

A final course on the national and international research in reading and language and the pertinence and proposed implementation of research findings to instruction and the various roles of the reading supervisor or director. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6100 Teaching Reading in Content Area

This course presents the theoretical foundation and current best practices for content area reading, writing, and study skills. The focus is on motivation, cognition, memory, and verbal processing theories as they apply to methodology. Students learn to develop lessons and units that integrate reading and writing while covering concepts in the content areas. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations

As the world becomes increasingly diverse, educators must be prepared to examine, confront, and manage the factors that affect the education of all children. This course addresses several central issues focusing on how teachers address the problems that confront students who differ from the majority population in language, ethnicity, culture, gender, and sexual orientation. Ensuring that their families and communities are actively involved in the educational process is also an important component of the course. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6423 Program Evaluation

Evaluation tasks will be identified and the policy issues attendant to evaluation will be examined. Students will identify and discuss several models of program evaluation,understand what needs to be considered and addressed in needs assessment, learn to identify an appropriate design for a new evaluation. Students will be expected to conduct program evaluation, present their ideas and illustrate how evaluation results can be useful for program decision making. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6560 Ed.S Seminar

Candidates undertake an in-depth study of issues pertinent to PK-12 education and develop a product to address these issues. Candidates must complete 24 credits prior to registering for the Ed.S Seminar. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ed.S. Matriculated only

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