Educational Specialist in Reading/Language Arts (Hybrid)

Program of Study

The Ed.S. in Reading/Language Arts is a 36 hour program that includes courses in (1) research methods, (2) literacy theory and research, and (3) a thesis project.

(1) Research Methods Focus: Program Evaluation (12 hours)

The program includes one survey of research course (3 hours) and a three-course sequence (9 hours) to develop research skills in program evaluation. Through these courses, the Specialist will learn the skills necessary to solve practical problems related to literacy teaching and learning. 

RESEARCH METHODS FOCUS: PROGRAM EVALUATION (12 HOURS)

  • RED 7315 Survey of Literacy Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7485 Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7940 Supervised Practicum in Applied Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7462 Metaevaluation (3 credit hours) 

(2) Literacy Theory and Research Focus (15 hours)

Each student will select one particular focus within literacy (e.g. Adolescent Literacy, Literature in Education, Literacy Policy). The student works with a faculty committee to develop his or her particular program of study.

LITERACY FOCUS: Choose Your own Focus (15 HOURS)

Adolescent & Adult Literacy

  • EDG 7931 Adolescent Development (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6544 Cognition, Comprehension, Content Area Reading: Remediation of Reading Problems (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6749 History and Models of Reading (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6365 Reading in Secondary and Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6366: New Perspectives on the Teaching of Young Adult Literature in Middle & Secondary Schools (3 credit hours)
  • RED 7746: Research in Vocabulary and Word Study (3 credit hours)

Early Childhood Literacy

  • RED 6544: Cognition, Comprehension, Content Area Reading: Remediation of Reading Problems (3 credit hours)
  • RED 7048: Reading as a Symbolic Process (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 7306 Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 7416 Socio-Cultural Approaches to Working with Children (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 7624: Arts & Aesthetics in Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 7417: Family Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 7712: Symbolic Processes of Multimedia Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 7931: Language and Literacy Development (3 credit hours)

Elementary Literacy

  • RED 6544: Cognition, Comprehension, Content Area Reading: Remediation of Reading Problems (3)
  • RED 7048: Reading as a Symbolic Process (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6315: Writers & Writing: Trends and Issues (3 credit hours)
  • RED 7640: Research in Transdisciplinary Texts/Teaching (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 7712: Symbolic Processes of Multimedia Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 7931: Language and Literacy Development (3 credit hours)

Literacy and the Arts

  • LAE 6316: Trends in Literature for a Diverse Society (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6931: Special Topics (Art of the Picture Book or Literature as Pre-Text) (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6749: Composition and the Arts in Literacy Education (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 7624: Arts & Aesthetics in Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 7712: Symbolic Processes of Multimedia Literacy (3 credit hours)

Literature in Education

  • LAE 6316: Trends in Literature for a Diverse Society (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6366: New Perspectives on the Teaching of Young Adult Literature in Middle & Secondary Schools (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 7747: Literary Theory and Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6931: Special Topics (e.g., Art of the Picture Book or Literature as Pre-Text) (3 credit hours)

Literacy Policy

  • RED 6749: History and Models of Reading (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6247: District and School Level Supervision in Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • EDE 7046: Trends and Issues in Educational Policy: Literacy and Teacher Education (3 credit hours)

Multimedia Navigation and Composition

  • LAE 6315: Writers & Writing: Trends and Issues (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6449 : Literacy and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ·LAE 6749: Composition and the Arts in Literacy Education (3 credit hours)
  • ·RED 7640: Research in Transdisciplinary Texts/Teaching (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 7317: ICT in the Early Years (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 7712: Symbolic Processes of Multimedia Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 7794: Survey of Research on Writing Development and Instruction (prerequisite: LAE 6315) (3 credit hours)

Reading Processes and Assessment

  • RED 6540: Assessment in Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6544: Cognition, Comprehension, Content Area Reading: Remediation of Reading Problems (3 credit hours)
  • RED 7048: Reading as a Symbolic Process (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6315: Writers & Writing: Trends and Issues (3 credit hours)

(3) Comprehensive Exam and Thesis (9 hours)

Prior to degree authorization, candidates must perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive examination or an alternative method to measure student competency in their major area. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of two (2) hours of graduate credit during the semester when the comprehensive examination is taken. If the exam is taken between semesters, the student must be enrolled for a minimum of two hours of graduate credit in the semester before or following the exam.

*A thesis is a document in which the student presents his or her original research. The thesis project is designed and executed by the student in consultation with his or her Ed.S. faculty committee.