The Master of Education Reading Specialist Program is a professional degree and certification program designed to prepare reading educators in instructional and leadership capacities for K-12 school settings. Theory and practice are complimentary throughout program course work. Students who complete the M.Ed. Reading Specialist Program are eligible for MSDE reading specialist certification. The Reading Specialist Program is aligned with national standards for the preparation of reading professionals, as established by the International Literacy Association and CAEP. It also reflects principles of Maryland’s Redesign for Teacher Education. The curriculum promotes understanding of the relationship of all productive and receptive language processes in literacy development, as well as the factors that may disrupt that development. Through research and study, candidates become familiar with the knowledge base of the reading field. This knowledge is extended through action research projects in real classroom settings. An essential element of the Reading Specialist Program is preparation to assess the literacy needs of individuals of all ages and to design appropriate instructional programs. Clinical practicum with individuals and small groups provide hands-on experience under the supervision of experienced reading professionals. Toward the end of their program, candidates also have opportunities to supervise the reading instruction of paraprofessionals and pre-service teachers. Reading specialists are instructional leaders and advocates for literacy. Experiences with curriculum development and reading program organization are provided through course work. Candidates will have opportunities to prepare professional presentations and publications, and to take leadership roles in community literacy activities and political advocacy.
Objectives of the program are as follows
1. Develop knowledge of a theoretical base for language acquisition, given a variety of conditions and situations.
2. Develop knowledge of a theoretical base for the interaction of all language processes in literacy development.
3. Develop knowledge of a theoretical base and practical application for reading instruction at all developmental levels.
4. Develop understanding of the nature and causes of reading difficulties.
5. Develop ability to base literacy instruction on assessment findings from a range of instruments and strategies.
6. Develop knowledge and ability to organize and enhance a reading program.
7. Participate in professional development activities at local, state, and national levels.
Candidates for the M.Ed. Reading Specialist Program must submit the Application for Graduate Program Admission, the application fee, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and the Residency/Domicile Information form (if applying for in-state tuition as a Maryland resident) and the following additional application documents requirements of the Reading Specialist Program.
1. Submit an application for admission, including two recommendations from qualified individuals who support the candidate’s ability for graduate study in reading.
2. Posses an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
3. Possess a current elementary, secondary, or K-12 teaching certificate.
4. Meet with an advisor in the Education Specialties Department to discuss the program of study.
The Application for Graduate Program Admission, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and the Residency/Domicile Information form (if applying for in-state tuition as a Maryland resident) should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Once the application and all transcripts arrive in the Admissions Office, the application file will be forwarded to the graduate education program. The documents and requirements specified by the Education Specialties Department should be sent to the graduate program coordinator. Following the review of these materials, the program coordinator formally notifies the candidate of admission or denial of admission to the program.
Awarded to two Master of Education Reading Specialists candidates who have been formally admitted into the REED program, completed at least two courses in the program and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The scholarship will be awarded to candidates who evidence academic scholarship and a deep commitment to the teaching of Reading. Additional Information
Application deadline: Last Monday of November
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