The Master of Science in Reading is offered with two emphases. Emphasis I provides Reading Specialist Licensure and is designed for the teacher seeking Reading Licensure. Emphasis I requires the Master's Degree plus a yearlong district-administered mentoring program after the completion of the degree. The courses required for licensure are READ 720, READ 834, READ 845, READ 848, READ 870, READ 871, READ 872, READ 873, READ 874, TCHL 854, TCHL 891 and SPED 738. Emphasis II (Classroom Reading Teacher) is designed for the teacher who wishes to be a better classroom teacher of reading but does not wish to seek licensure. The courses required are READ 870, READ 871, READ 872 and READ 873 with 9 additional reading or reading related hours selected in consultation with the advisor.
Candidates may choose from two different plans when pursuing their master's degree, Option I or Option III, both of which are described fully Graduate Degrees and Options of the University Catalog. Option I requires 39 hours for Reading Specialist, and 33 hours for Classroom Reading Teacher, including a thesis; Option III requires 39 hours for Reading Specialist, and 36 hours for Classroom Reading Teacher, no thesis required. Candidates should read the information and then consult with their advisor about which plan to follow.
Candidates seeking admission to the Master of Science in Reading degree program must meet requirements for teaching licensure. Candidates must obtain a grade point average of 3.00 in the undergraduate major field, including the student teaching semester. Conditional entry will be given if the grade point average in the undergraduate major field is below a 3.00. A grade point average of 3.00 must be attained within the first nine hours of coursework to gain full admission. Candidates must also submit a writing sample for evaluation using a topic aligned with the Reading Graduate Knowledge Base.
Candidates in teaching positions must submit two letters of recommendation from a PK-12 administrator, peer teacher, and/or university professor. Candidates not in teaching positions must submit two letters of recommendation from university professors.
Mid-Point Assessment Requirements
At mid-point the overall GPA will be reviewed. A 3.00 is required.
Culminating Assessment Requirements
For those in Licensure Programs, a portfolio must be submitted for evaluation. For those in Non-Licensure Programs a comprehensive exit exam is required.