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Earn your Master’s Degree in Reading

Program Highlights

  • Gain a strong theoretical foundation in the field of reading and literacy tenured faculty holding doctoral degrees.
  • Learn more successfully how to teach reading, develop critical analysis, develop deeper comprehension and read critically in a variety of formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and/or fully online.
  • Master a wide range of instructional and assessment policies, programs, practices and resources supporting literacy development.
  • Design literacy environments that engage students in inquiry, research and communication, using print and online texts as wellas emerging technologies.
  • Discover how to work successfully in culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 settings.

Career Opportunities

Learning to read extends throughout a lifetime. Earn a
Reading Specialist (BR), a K-12 endorsement from the
State of Michigan, by completing all required courses and
passing the Michigan State Endorsement Test (#092). This
can lead to a position as a

  • Building or District Literacy Curriculum
    Specialist
  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Teacher for Struggling Readers
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Interventionist
  • Literacy Consultant
  • Literacy Coach
  • Community Literacy Advocate

Curriculum

All of the courses in the program and restricted elective areas count towards the Early Childhood Endorsement. The ZS requires a total of 26 hours of credit listed in the program and restricted elective areas.

The curricular requirements include a minimum of 32 graduate-level hours, to be distributed as follows:

Degree Requirements: 32-33 hours
Educational Foundations: 5-6 hours

One course from the following:

  • SOFD 535 - Multicultural and International Education (2)
  • SOFD 572 - The History of American Schooling and Literacy (3)
  • SOFD 654 - Multicultural Teaching and Learning (3)
  • CURR 654 - Multicultural Teaching and Learning (3)
  • CURR 664 - Multicultural Curriculum Development (3)
  • CURR 665 - Differentiation in the Classroom (3)

One course from the following:

  • EDPS 667 - Principles of Educational Research (3)
  • EDPS 677 - Methods in Quantitative Research (3)
  • EDPS 687 - Qualitative/Interpretive Research (3)
Reading Core: 27 hours
  • RDNG 630 - Literacy Instruction in a Multilingual Society (3)
  • RDNG 654 - Integrating New Literacies in Reading and Writing Instruction (3)
  • RDNG 655 - The Integrated Literacy Curriculum (3)
  • RDNG 656 - Language Development, Literacy and the Young Child (3)
  • RDNG 657 - Comprehension and the Content Areas (3)
  • RDNG 658 - Reading and Writing and the Inquiry Process (3)
  • RDNG 660 - Foundations of Literacy: Research and Theory (3)
  • RDNG 675 - Designing and Implementing Intervention for Struggling Readers (3)
  • RDNG 676 - The Reading Specialist and Coach (3)
Program Total: 32-33 hours