Reading/ESOL Literacy

Master of Education

Course Requirements

Master of Education in Reading leads to State Certification as a Reading Specialist K-12/ESOL Literacy (50 credits). This list does not convey the recommended sequence of courses.

Core Courses

MED 6102 E-Folio (0 credits)

MED 7705 Available Online Measurement, Accountability, and Student Learning

MLL 7401 Available Online Structure of English Language in English Language Learners

MLL 7402 Available Online Second Language Acquisition

MLL 7405 Available Online Teaching Literacy for English Language Learners

MLL 7406 Available Online Methods of Teaching English Language Learners K-12

MRD 7801 Available Online Language Development

MRD 7802 Available Online Process and Acquisition of Literacy

MRD 7803 Available Online Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading and Writing

MRD 7804 Available Online Literature and Non-Fiction Books/Materials for Children and Adolescents (semester)

Clinical Courses: All clinical courses are semester courses

MLL 7403 Available Online Assessment of Second Language Learners

MRD 7815 Available Online Application of Strategies for Teaching Content Area Reading

MRD 7903 Available Online Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (This course requires onsite tutoring and a final grade of "B" or higher)

MRD 7920 Available Online Practicum in Reading

MRD 7950 Available Online Seminar in Reading Research


Note: MRD 7920 Available Online and MRD 7950 Available Online may not be taken concurrently without prior approval from Program Chair

Content and Performance Assessment Requirements

This is a state-approved degree program which contributes to eligibility for licensure/certification as an educator in Delaware public schools. As such, all candidates must meet the content and performance assessment requirements described in DE Administrative Code, Title 14, Regulation 290.

The regulation states, in part:

Content Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect January 1, 2015).

“Where a content readiness exam is applicable and available in area, subject, or category of specialization sought, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score on an examination as established by the Professional Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with concurrence of the State Board.”

Performance Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect July 1, 2016).

“Where a performance assessment is applicable and available in an area appropriate to the Program in which a Candidate is enrolled, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score as a requirement to Exit the Program. The performance assessment may not be scored by any employees of the Educator Preparation Program or Unit, and shall be scored by Certified Reviewers.”

The instruments selected by Wilmington University as required exit assessments for the M.Ed. in Reading/ESOL Literacy are:

ETS PRAXIS II Reading Specialist, test #5301. This assessment must be taken and passed using State of Delaware passing criteria (minimum score of 164) prior to receiving a grade in MRD 7950 Available Online.

ETS PRAXIS II English to Speakers of Other Languages, test #5361. This assessment must be taken and passed with a minimum score of 149.

Both of these assessments are administered and scored by ETS. Praxis scores must be sent directly to Wilmington University via ETS.

Candidates must consult with program advisors and/or program chairs to obtain the most current information about these graduation requirement.

Candidates must satisfy all exit and graduation requirements in order to be eligible for program completion and degree conferral.

Qualifications for Degree

To qualify for a Master of Education in Reading/ESOL Literacy, a candidate must complete all courses: core and clinical, for a total of 50 semester credits. The Knowledge of Reading Test (KRT), the MLL Content Area Test both which assess knowledge of basic reading skills, strategies and materials, and instruction of English Language Learners (ELLs) must be taken online during MRD 7920 Available Online, Practicum in Reading, or MRD 7950 Available Online, Seminar in Reading Research. The PRAXIS II Reading Specialist test (5301) must also be taken and passed using State of Delaware passing criteria (164) prior to receiving a grade in MRD 7950 Available Online. The Praxis ESL Subject Area Test (5361) must also be taken and passed with a score of 149. Praxis scores should be sent to the university via ETS. They will also need to be posted in Taskstream. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program. The program must be completed within five years.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.