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Professional Reading Specialist

Designed For

Professionals who seek expertise in reading. Classes are offered in online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats to accommodate the working professional.

Your Future

Reading Specialists work collaboratively with classroom teachers/Master Reading Teachers to plan and deliver instruction to meet the needs of individuals with reading difficulties.

Concentration Area Advisor

Dr. Laurie McAdams   mcadams@tarleton.edu

The Program

The 30 hour* Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree includes a combination of face-to-face, online, and hybrid coursework. Additional leveling courses may be required for certification.

PROGRAM CORE COURSES
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDU 503 Foundations of Curriculum
3 EDU 538 Curriculum Design and Implementation
3 EDU 598 Techniques of Research
3 EDSP 585 Education Seminar: Action Research
PROGRAM CONCENTRATION COURSES
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDTC 549 (Spring, Summer, & Fall) Educational Media and Technology 
3 RDG 573 (Summer only) Foundations of Reading
3 RDG 574 (Summer only) Literacy Instruction
3 RDG 575 (Summer only) Literacy Assessment
3 RDG 576 (Fall only) Organization & Administration of Reading Programs
3 PSY 590 (Summer only) Advanced Psycholinguistics
 ADDITIONAL RDG COURSES:

 RDG 578 Adult Literacy (3 hours): Offered in Fall only
 RDG 577 Digital Literacy (3 hours): Offered in Spring only

THESIS OPTION:

Thesis Requirements (offered to interested students)
Full admission to the C&I M.ED. program;
Concentration area program requirements AND 6 hours EDU 588;
Permission from concentration area advisor, committee chair, C&I department chair;
Thesis guidelines

Graduate Capstone Project

COURSE:

EDU 585/586:Action Research Project

PURPOSE:

Demonstration of proficiency in the application of program goals and concentration area content.

PROCESS:

The student will

  • Identify a problem to solve (related to the student’s practice),
  • Review of the current research related to the  problem,
  • Gather and analyze data related to the problem
  • Report the findings
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations for further action.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM INFORMATION

Advisement

CONCENTRATION AREA ADVISEMENT

Concentration area advisors direct students’ enrollment advisement and release of advising holds up to the point students select a faculty committee.

COMMITTEE CHAIR ADVISEMENT

During the semester enrolled in EDU 598 Techniques of Research, students should select faculty committees. Once selected the student’s committee chair serves as advisor for enrollment and coordinates assessment of capstone project and comprehensive exam.

Concentration Area Advisement: Dr. Laurie McAdams   mcadams@tarleton.edu