Instruction:
Teacher of Reading

Master of Education

About This Program

Program Purpose

The Master of Education in Instruction: Teacher of Reading degree program is designed for educators who are interested in acquiring research-based practices that advance literacy instruction. The program addresses practices related to instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing; assessment strategies and practices to evaluate effective reading and writing instruction; awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society; literate environments that foster reading and writing; and leadership and professional development opportunities.

Program Competencies

The program competencies adopted for the Master of Education in Instruction: Teacher of Reading degree program are the International Reading Association (IRA) Standards for Classroom Teachers (2010). The M.Ed. in Instruction: Teacher of Reading degree program is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the following standards:.

Standards

  1. Foundational Knowledge
    Candidates understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  2. Curriculum and Instruction
    Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
  3. Assessment and Evaluation
    Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
  4. Diversity
    Candidates create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.
  5. Literate Environment
    Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
  6. Professional Learning and Leadership
    Candidates recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Outcomes Assessment

Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Master of Education in Instruction: Teacher of Reading degree program competencies and college-wide graduation competencies. Performance-based assessments are used to evaluate projects, assignments, and research papers. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies as stated on each course syllabus. Other assessment strategies may include mentoring sessions and observations of performance-based projects in authentic settings.


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.