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Online Master of Education (MEd) in Reading Instruction

The William Woods University Master of Education (MEd) in Reading Instruction program is designed especially for current K-12 teachers who desire to develop extensive skills in the area of effective reading instruction. Students enrolled in this innovative online Master of Education program will develop a deep understanding of the acquisition of language, current issues in reading and writing, theoretical models of literacy, analysis and correction of reading disabilities, curriculum development, assessment and effective intervention.

Students earning the Master of Education in Reading Instruction degree will be literacy experts equipped to support literacy instruction in grades K-12 as Reading/Literacy Specialists, Coaches and Interventionists.

Your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at work

575 # of our graduates who are now principals and assistant principals
123 # of our graduates who are now school district administrators
81 # of our graduates who are now school superintendents

Courses you may take

EDC 500 - Current Issues in Reading and Writing - 3.00

This course is designed to provide educators and non-educators with a broad understanding and better prospective of current issues that are facing the literacy community, i.e. students, teachers, schools and our nation as a whole. This course will focus on a lively discourse and reflection of many issues currently facing public education, literacy instruction, and teacher reform, etc. The course will serve as a platform for bridging the gap between goals, principles, theories, philosophies, and methodologies in the educational process and the real world classroom, teaching, learning, and technology. By discussing educational issues, changes, and emerging trends, it is hoped to expand and enlighten the practitioner’s outlook, thought processes, understanding, and repertoire of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and strategies when faced with those issues.

EDC 510 - Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities - 3.00

This course is designed to provide reading educators with an understanding of various literacy assessment methods and tools. This course will also focus on using information gained from the assessment to provide targeted intervention instruction for struggling readers. Students will be expected to administer literacy assessments and plan instruction based on student needs.

EDC 520 - Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement - 3.00

This course is designed to explore individual diagnostic procedures, including formal and informal assessment, the interpretation of assessment (cognitive, academic and behavioral) results, and development of educational programs and instruction based on the student’s individual strengths and needs. Students will become familiar with the content, administration and scoring of commonly used academic assessments, as well as curriculum-based measures. Standardized procedures, ethical practice and confidentiality are also emphasized in this course.

EDC 530 - Theoretical Models in Literacy - 3.00

This course is designed to provide educators a survey of various models of reading, including information processing, interactive, transactional, psycholinguistic, socio-cognitive, and other prominent models of reading. Students will be expected to compare and contrast models in order to identify the strengths of each model and the model’s impact on current literacy instruction practices.

EDC 540 - Language Acquisition and Literacy - 3.00

Students in this course will learn how a child’s language proficiency impacts literacy development. There will be an emphasis on creating a literate classroom environment and diverse opportunities for the learner to interact with language and literacy (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).

EDC 550 - Literacy Across A Variety of Genres - 3.00

This course will provide educators an increased understanding of various text structures in multiple genres. Students will learn to utilize mentor texts to teach students to comprehend and produce text in a variety of genres. They will also learn about the significance of the reciprocity between reading and writing.

EDC 560 - Classroom Communities for the Enhancement of Student Learning - 3.00

This course will provide educators an overview for supporting student learning in a positive environment specifically focusing on evidence based strategies to maximize classroom productivity and implement effective structures of a comprehensive literacy model. Study of student support will include classroom organization, expectations and reinforcement of appropriate behavior.

EDC 580 - Counseling Techniques - 3.00

This course addresses the basic counseling techniques commonly used in the helping professions. The topics include the helping relationship, recognizing communication patterns, responding to cognitive content, responding to affective content, conceptualizing problems, and using counseling strategies and interventions.

EDC 590 - Elementary Reading Practicum - 3.00

This practicum experience provides for the study of instructional strategies for literacy intervention and application of these strategies for the benefit of supporting striving elementary readers to progress. During this course, the student will select one (kindergarten through fifth grade) student who is currently reading below grade level expectations. The student will administer/analyze pre-assessments, design/implement a series of intervention tutoring sessions, and administer/analyze post-assessments to make teacher/parent recommendations. Students will analyze ongoing assessment data and reflect after each session to drive future instruction. A minimum if 12 tutoring hours will be completed for this practicum.

EDC 591 - Secondary Reading Practicum - 3.00

This practicum experience provides for the study of instructional strategies for literacy intervention and application of these strategies for the benefit of supporting striving secondary readers to progress. During this course, the student will select one (sixth through twelfth grade) student who is currently reading below grade level expectations. The student will administer/analyze pre-assessments, design/implement a series of intervention tutoring sessions, and administer/analyze post-assessments to make teacher/parent recommendations. Students will analyze ongoing assessment data and reflect after each session to drive future instruction. A minimum if 12 tutoring hours will be completed for this practicum.

Curriculum

Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Copy of teaching certificate
  • Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from (must have earned an undergraduate degree in education or closely related field)

Cohorts available across Missouri

William Woods advanced education programs bring evening classrooms to districts and educators where there is interest. Districts in Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more are running cohorts currently or have in the past.


Admissions Information

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