ACADEMICS

  • Master of Education Reading

    Admission Requirements

    In addition:

    • A teaching license at the Initial or Professional level.
    • A foundation course in reading, taken as an undergraduate or graduate, or significant experience in teaching reading.
    • A course in human, child, or adolescent development at the undergraduate or graduate level.
    • For candidates who obtained licensure prior to the MTEL requirement, a passing score on the Communication and Literacy test.

    Course of Study:
    The Reading Specialist program at Worcester State University meets the needs of candidates seeking initial licensure as a reading specialist and Professional licensure in elementary education or early childhood education. The program is offered as a Master of Education program, and persons completing the program qualify for that degree as well as for Massachusetts state licensure as a reading specialist (all levels).

    Three tracks have been designed in the program in recognition of the varied prior qualifications of educators seeking licensure as a Reading Specialist:

    • The New Field/New Licensure Type (Track 1) is appropriate for entrants holding initial licensure in elementary or early childhood education, and who are seeking professional licensure in elementary or early childhood education along with initial licensure as a reading specialist.
    • The New Field with a Master’s degree program (Track 2) is designed for persons who have an initial license in a field other than elementary or early childhood education, or a Professional license, and who are seeking initial licensure as a reading specialist.
    • The New Field/Non-degree program (Track 3) is designed for candidates who have both a minimum of an initial teaching license in another field and are seeking Initial license as a reading specialist.

    In all three tracks, candidates progress through the program by completing a series of courses that build knowledge and application in general educational areas and in topics related to the knowledge standards for reading specialist licensure, progressively leading to more advanced and specialized reading courses. Students are advised to meet with the Reading graduate coordinator before beginning their program. Two other courses also required by other M.Ed. programs, ED 920 and CD 910, are required courses for the reading program because they provide important information regarding at-risk-student populations. Students receive the Graduate Reading Handbook upon entering the program.
     
    As students progress through the program, they enroll in courses requiring prerequisites and leading to more advanced knowledge. Although most courses involve a strong application orientation, each course also involves developing a sound research, theoretical foundation upon which to base practice. Courses within the program build knowledge and competence in language development, reading theory and instruction, and meeting the needs of all learners. A completed research project and a program portfolio are the capstone performance indicators of the program. The portfolio documents completion of the program and state requirements for Reading Specialist licensure.
     
    New Field/New Licensure Type (Professional licensure) Track:
    The New Field/New Licensure Type Track is designed for licensed Elementary or Early Childhood teachers seeking Initial licensure in Reading. This track is appropriate only for educators who have Initial licensure in elementary education or in early childhood education and want to obtain Professional licensure in their current field along with Initial licensure as Reading Specialist.

    To complete the program candidates must complete a 43 credit program, which includes 31 credits in specialized reading courses. Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL and complete a 150 hour practicum or practicum equivalent. (Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL before registering for ED919 Reading Practicum.)

    The program consists of the following courses:

    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education 3 credits
    • ED 920 Cognitive & Affective Learning of Typical & Atypical Children 3 credits

    One of the following assessment courses:

    • EL 907 Assessing Teaching & Learning in Elementary Education or
    • ED 959 Assessment and Classroom Management in the Middle School or
    • ED 975 Assessment and Classroom Management in the Secondary School
    • CD 910 Speech/Language Development, Differences and Diversity 3 credits or
    • ED 971 ST: Reading and Language Disabilities  3 credits
    • ED 911 Advanced Foundations of Reading 3 credits
    • ED 914 Teaching Reading in the Content Area 3 credits
    • ED 915 Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs 3 credits
    • ED 916 Literature in the Classroom 3 credits or
    • ED 971 Author’s Institute 3 credits
    • EE 915 Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties 3 credits
    • ED 917 Diagnosis, Analysis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle or Upper Grades 3 credits
    • ED 918 Reading as Language: Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners 3 credits
    • ED 919 Reading Practicum/Practicum Equivalent 3 credits
    • ED 982 Research in Education 3 credits
    • ED 983 Theory and Research in Reading 3 credits
    • ED 984 Reading Portfolio 1 credit

    Total Credits: 43
     
    New Field/Master’s of Education Track:
    The following Master of Education program is designed for persons who do not have a M.Ed., but who have an Initial license in a field other than elementary education or early childhood education, or a Professional license and who are seeking Initial licensure as a reading specialist.

    To complete the program, candidates must complete a 40 credit program, which includes 31 credits in specialized reading courses. Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL and complete a 150 hour practicum or practicum equivalent. (Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL before registering for ED919 Reading Practicum.)

    • The program consists of the following courses:
    • ED 920 Cognitive & Affective Learning of Typical & Atypical Children 3 credits
    • CD 910 Speech/Language Development, Differences and Diversity 3 credits or
    • ED 971 ST: Reading and Language Disabilities 3 credits
    • ED 911 Advanced Foundations of Reading 3 credits
    • ED 914 Teaching Reading in the Content Area 3 credits
    • ED 916 Literature in the Classroom 3 credits  or
    • ED 971 Author’s Institute 3 credits
    • ED 918 Reading as Language: Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners 3 credits
    • ED 915 Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs 3 credits
    • ED 915 Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties 3 credits
    • ED 917 Diagnosis, Analysis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle or Upper Grades 3 credits
    • ED 919 Reading Practicum/Practicum Equivalent 3 credits
    • ED 982 Research in Education 3 credits
    • ED 983 Theory and Research in Reading 3 credits
    • ED 984 Reading Portfolio 1 credit

    Elective 3 credits

    Total Credits: 40
     
    New Field/Non-Degree Track:
    The following program is designed for persons who have a minimum of an Initial teaching license in another field and are seeking Initial licensure as a reading specialist. This is a graduate level, non-degree program.
     
    Candidates meet with the coordinator of the graduate reading program to set goals for their program and have the option to waive up to 2 courses already taken as a part of their M.Ed. program (the program must include a minimum of 18 credits). In conjunction with the coordinator, each candidate then selects appropriate electives to meet requirements for Initial licensure for Reading Specialist. Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL and complete a 150 hour practicum or practicum-equivalent. (Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL before registering for ED919 Reading Practicum.)

    The program consists of the following courses:

    • CD 910 Speech/Language Development, Differences and Diversity 3 credits or
    • ED 971 ST: Reading and Language Disabilities 3 credits
    • ED 911 Advanced Foundations of Reading 3 credits
    • ED 914 Teaching Reading in the Content Area 3 credits
    • ED 916 Literature in the Classroom 3 credits or
    • ED 971 Author’s Institute 3 credits
    • ED 918 Reading as Language: Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners 3 credits
    • ED 915 Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs 3 credits
    • ED 915 Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties 3 credits
    • ED 917 Diagnosis, Analysis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle or Upper Grades 3 credits
    • ED 919 Reading Practicum/Practicum Equivalent 3 credits
    • ED 984 Reading Portfolio 1 credit

    Total Credits: 28