ACADEMICS

  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Education- Concentration in Reading/Language Arts 

    The CAGS in Reading program is designed for the candidate who currently holds an earned Master of Education or Master’s in a Related Field and who is seeking to expand his/her reading specialist licensure to include a certificate of advanced graduate study.

    The program is designed to promote a philosophy of teaching reading and language arts that is based on a thorough knowledge of reading/language arts theory, research, and major educational trends. The CAGS in Reading provides the candidate with a program of advanced study designed to build Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Education- Concentration Reading/Language Arts on the candidate’s professional knowledge in the areas of reading, language arts and educational research and technologies.

    OPTION I. The program is open to candidates who first have completed the graduate level, nondegree reading specialist licensure WSU program at the initial license level in good standing (minimum GPA 3.0). The candidate has the option of applying fifteen credits of the non-degree program as a specialty core to the CAGS program of 32 credits. Please refer to Master of Education— Reading New Field/Non-Degree program (Track 3).

    OPTION II. The program is open to candidates who currently hold licensure as a reading specialist (initial or professional level) and teaching license, as well as an earned Master of Education or Master’s in Related Field and are seeking to build on their expertise as a reading specialist by attaining a certificate of advanced graduate study in reading. The candidate completes fifteen credits of a advanced reading specialty core, as well as,15 credits of CAGS foundation courses and a 2 credit capstone research forum for a total CAGS program of 32 credits.

    The program of study is designed to allow the candidate to integrate their extensive subject knowledge in the area of reading with contemporary educational resources and research. The CAGS foundation courses provide a knowledge base in the areas of social, political & cultural issues, technology and leadership, and contemporary educational trends, such as brain –based and problem- based learning. The candidate participates in an action research project (6 credits) which allows the candidate to engage in programmatic uses and application of the knowledge research base gained from coursework and field experiences related to reading/language arts. Finally, the research forum serves as the student’s capstone experience and provides the candidate with the opportunity to present his/her research findings at the WSU sponsored research forum and to engage in professional interdisciplinary discussion.

    Standards for this program are based on those developed by the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and the Advisory Group to the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education Joint Task Force (1992), as well as, Professional Standards for Teachers set forth in 603CMR 7.08 and Subject Knowledge Requirements for Reading Teachers set forth in 603 CMR 7.07( 2).

    Admission Requirements
    Students applying to the CAGS in Reading program will be required to meet the competencies established by the graduate program for all candidates seeking a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study through Worcester State University. In addition, students will be required to demonstrate evidence of:

    • Earned Master of Education or Master's in Related Field- Minimum GPA 3.0,
    • Hold current Massachusetts Educator Licensure as a Reading Specialist (initial or professional level),
    • Passed all required Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) exams, before formal acceptance to the CAGS program.

    Course of Study

    The Reading CAGS program provides candidates with two options:

    OPTION I.
    The program is open to candidates who first have completed the graduate level, non-degree reading specialist licensure WSU program at the initial license level in good standing (minimum GPA 3.0). The candidate has the option of applying fifteen credits of the non-degree program as a specialty core to the CAGS program of 32 credits. Please refer to Master of Education—Reading New Field/ Non-Degree program (Track 3).
     
    Upon acceptance, the candidate meets with the program coordinator to complete a formal program of study. Fifteen credits of the non-degree program licensure program are transferred as the specialty core courses to the CAGS program of 32 credits. The candidate then progresses through the CAGS foundation courses (15 credits). The course of study culminates in the 2 credit capstone experience which includes the presentation of a summative portfolio and the candidate’s action research findings at the WSU research forum.

    OPTION II.
    The program is open to candidates who currently hold licensure as a reading specialist (initial or professional level) and teaching license, as well as an earned Master of Education or Master’s in Related Field and are seeking to build on their expertise as a reading specialist by attaining a certificate of advanced graduate study in reading. The candidate completes fifteen credits of an advanced reading specialty core, as well as, 15 credits of CAGS foundation courses and a 2 credit capstone research forum for a total CAGS program of 32 credits.
     
    Upon acceptance, the candidate meets with the program coordinator to complete a formal program of study. The candidate must complete a reading specialty core of fifteen credits which have been pre-approved by the Graduate Reading Coordinator. The candidate also progresses through the CAGS foundation courses (15 credits). The course of study culminates in the 2 credit capstone experience which includes the presentation of a summative portfolio and the candidate’s action research findings at the WSU research forum.

    The program consists of the following courses:

    CAGS Foundation Courses for Reading Concentration:

    Foundations: (15 credits)
    • ED 987 Social, political and cultural issues in education 3 credits
    • ED 988 Brain Based Learning 3 credits
    • ED 989 Technology and educational leadership 3 credits
    • EA 939 Action Research Project I 3 credits
    • EA 940 Action Research Project II 3 credits

    Total Foundation Cores: 15 credits

    Reading Specialty Core Area: (15 credits)

    Option 1: Initial Licensure Program Reading Electives transferred
    from completed WSU graduate non-degree program: 15 credits
    (Courses must be pre-approved by Reading Graduate Coordinator)

    Please see Master of Education—Reading, New Field/Non-degree Program and courses.

     Option 2: CAGS Reading Core 15 credits
    Candidate must take 15 credits/five courses from the approved reading program electives or special topics and not previously used to satisfy initial license.

    (All Courses must be pre-approved by Reading Graduate Coordinator)

    ER 925 Reading Research Forum (Capstone Experience) 2 credits

    Total specialty core courses required 17 credits

    Capstone Experience: Research Forum (2 credits). Each area of concentration (Reading) will include a 2 credit capstone experience/research forum 

    A course designed to synthesize information gained from coursework and field experiences related to area of concentration.

    1. A summative portfolio that reflects the appropriate Massachusetts professional standards is required.
    2. Students plan and present research relevant to their concentration.
    3. Students can only register for the research forum course as their last course or concurrently last.