Online Master's Degree in Reading and Language, M.Ed.

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Licensure Concentration - For Massachusetts Teachers Only

Offered through the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Graduate School of Education, the Master of Education Degree in Reading and Language provides a mix of online courses and field experiences. This 10-course program is designed for candidates who hold either an initial or professional teaching license in Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, Moderate Disabilities or Early Childhood Education. Candidates who teach in a Massachusetts school and hold a Massachusetts initial teacher license in Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, Moderate Disabilities or Early Childhood Education are eligible for professional licensure.

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 vera_ossen@uml.edu.

Important Information Regarding Licensure:

Candidates who hold a current initial or professional Massachusetts license, complete all coursework, including the practicum in a Massachusetts school, and pass the Massachusetts Test of Educator License in Communication and Literacy and Reading Specialist are eligible for Massachusetts licensure as a Reading Specialist. Out-of state candidates should apply to the M.Ed. Program in Reading and Language Non-Licensure Concentration.

Program Outline

Total courses required: 10 courses (30 credits)

Foundations of Education - One course 3 credits

  1. EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations

Research and Evaluation - One course 3 credits*

  1. EDUC.6423 Program Evaluation - Available Fall 2016!

Specialization - Six Courses: 18 credits

  1. EDUC.6100 Teaching Reading in Content Area
  2. EDUC.5220 Young Adult Literature (06.522)
  3. EDUC.5270 Language Acquisition - Available Fall 2016!
  4. EDUC.5280 Assessment of Reading and Language Disabilities** - Available Fall 2016!
  5. EDUC.5290 Treatment Reading and Language Disabilities
  6. EDUC.5490 Theory and Research: Reading and Language - Available Fall 2016!

Practicum/Seminar - 6 credits***

  1. EDUC.5500 Reading Specialist: Practicum I(Formerly 06.550)† - Available Fall 2016!
  2. EDUC.5511 Literacy Coach: Practicum II†

†Note most of the above courses are offered online, however those marked with a '†' have on-campus components.

*This course can be taken after 18 credits have been completed.

**06.528 is a prerequisite for 06.529. These two courses are best taken in consecutive semesters and should not be taken as first courses in the program.

***All course work must be completed before the practica. Practicum I must be taken before Practicum II

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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.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.5500 Reading Specialist: Practicum I(Formerly 06.550)

The Reading Specialist Practicum requires students to use the knowledge gained in their coursework to design, implement, and analyze a program for struggling readers in a clinical experience. The practicum meets both Massachusetts and IRA standards for Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5511 Literacy Coach: Practicum II

This is the second of two clinical practicum experiences in the Reading and Language program. Candidates will design a professional development project in their school setting which will allow them to model lessons, observe and co-teach with peers, and provide feedback to teachers and paraprofessionals. The online seminar provides support for implementing the program. The practicum meets the guidelines for the International Reading Association 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.6501 Capstone Project: Advanced Programs

Students will have the opportunity to develop a teacher work sample consisting of work in six major areas: (1) contextual factors, (2) learning goals, (3) assessment plan, (4) design for instruction, (5) analysis of student learning, and (6) reflection. 3 credits. Prerequisite: M.Ed. matriculated only

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