Graduate Catalog 2020-2021 
    May 18, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Reading Instruction, M.Ed.

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The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Instruction is a graduate degree program housed in the Department of Literacy and Special Education in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. This degree is offered to educators certified in teaching who desire graduate studies in language and literacy theories, research, and instructional practices. The M.Ed. in Reading Instruction program is fully online and consists of 30 credit hours.

Degree Requirements

Applicants must have a valid, level 4 or higher, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service certificate, or Life certificate; and must have at least three years of teaching experience. An M.Ed. in Reading Instruction can be achieved by completing a 30-hour program of study, The program consists of 18 hours in Literacy Concentration (Area I), 3 hours in Research (Area II), 6 hours in ESOL and/or Teacher Leadership (Area III), and 3 hours in Technology Integration (Area IV). Candidates must pass a comprehensive exam during their final semester in the program. Georgia educators must pass the GACE Content Assessment in Reading to add the Reading Specialist certification to their GaPSC teaching certificate.

Plan of Study

Area II: Research (3 Hours)

Area III: Area of Specialization (6 hours)

Choose two of the following courses from Option 1 (ESOL) and/or Option 2 (Teacher Leadership).

Area IV: Technology Integration (3 Hours)

Total Program: (30 Hours)

Program Notes:

1. The Reading Endorsement courses are (a) READ 7271, (b) READ 7263, and (c) READ 7201, and this is the preferred course sequence.

2. ESOL Endorsement courses are (a) READ 7239, (b) READ 7240, and (c) READ 7241. Students have the option of either completing or partially completing the ESOL Endorsement while completing coursework for the M.Ed. in Reading Instruction. While only two Area III specialization courses are required to complete the M.Ed. in Reading Instruction degree, passing all three ESOL Endorsement courses (READ 7239, READ 7240, and READ 7241) will lead to the ESOL Endorsement.

3. All enrolled Georgia candidates are required to attempt the state-approved content assessment (GACE) prior to program completion. A passing score on the state-approved content assessment is not required for program completion; however, a passing score is required for state certification.

4. READ 7263, READ 7201, READ 7240, and READ 7241 require access to student data.

5. All candidates should apply for graduation during the semester preceding the one they plan to graduate.

6. All candidates should take and pass a selected-response comprehension exam during their last semester in the program.

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