Master of Arts in Reading (Online)

Program of Study

The Masters in Reading program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours that include a sequence of 11 courses that focus on developing a global understanding of literacy as a tool for communication.

Students in this program may choose from two degree plans, a plan for students who possess a bachelor's degree in education and a valid teaching certificate (Plan II), or a plan for students who are not certified teachers and wish to pursue career paths outside of the K-12 classroom (Plan III)

Core Requirements

  • EDF 6481: Foundations of Educational Research (3 credits)
    Analysis of major types of educational research designs, including experimental, correlational, ex post facto and case studies.

Research Course

  • RED 6656: Literature for a Diverse Society (3 credits)
    Focuses on the examination of historical and contemporary multicultural children’s, adolescent and young adult literature in order gain a pluralistic perspective of society. On-line course requires intensive writing and how to write in an Academic Voice.

Concentration Requirements

  • RED 6749: History and Foundations in Reading and STEM Disciplines (3 credits) (Endorsement course)
    Introduces historical approaches to literacy, traces the history of science/STEM movement in Education, presents connections between current research and practice and former models in literacy, and their deployment with STEM areas of curriculum.

  • RED 6544: Cognition, Comprehension and Content Area Reading: Remediation of Reading Problems (3 credits) (Endorsement course)
    In-depth study of reading comprehension. Emphasis is placed on discussion of the concepts of cognition and learning, metacognition and comprehension of text included in the reading process. Process in the reading/writing, connection, specific reading strategies, and procedures for comprehension of text in the content areas are presented.

  • RED 6545: Learning Disciplinary Literacy through Vocabulary and Word Study (3 credits) (Endorsement course)
    Focuses on literacy acquisition and academic language. Students will examine models and practices for helping youth build academic vocabulary and word knowledge across authentic disciplinary contexts and different academic disciplines

  • RED 6540: Assessment in Developing Literacies (3 credits) (Endorsement course)
    This course is a classroom based course in pk-6 literacy assessment. Students use reading assessments to improve reading of all pk-6 students. Students will develop their capacity for integrating literacy assessment and intervention with in STEM content areas for young readers.

  • RED 6846: Practicum in Reading (3 credits) (Endorsement course)
    Practicum in Reading is a graduate course covering topics relevant to assessment and remediation of literacy in school-aged children. Students work with struggling readers. Intervention is also directed at implementing reading strategies within STEM areas.

  • LAE 6315: Composing Texts: Disciplinary Practices for Writers and Writing (3 credits)
    Examine writing as a multimodal, communicative practice embedded in social, cultural, and disciplinary contexts. Demonstrate strategies to facilitate K-12 students’ writing development as well as develop leadership skills to support writing teachers

  • RED 6068: Adolescent Literacy: In and Out of School Literacy Practices (3 credits)
    Explore the literate practices (both in and out of school) of adolescent learners, including the ways that race, gender, and culture inform and impact students’ agency a identity.

  • RED 6247: Supervision and Coaching in Literacy (3 credits)
    Planning and administering literacy programs and preparation as coaches in reading within STEM area content courses. Intensive work on individual research and projects with a focus of integrating literacy strategies in STEM area content courses.

  • RED 6449: Literacy and Technology (3 credits)
    Students will develop the skills and cultural competencies necessary to engage in participatory culture and develop strategies for integrating digital tools and media literacies into school and school-like settings.

The following course is to be completed by Plan II students only: 

  • TSL 5085: ESOL I: Teaching limited English Proficiency Students in K-12 (3 credits)
    This course is for pre-service teachers to learn about appropriate instruction, assessment and learning opportunities for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in the content areas.
    Note: This course may be waived with appropriate documentation by the College of Education's ESOL Coordinator.

Students in Plan III may choose one of the following courses to complete as part of their concentration: 

  • EDF 6517: Historical Foundations of American Education (3 credits)
    History of the origins and development of American education, events, and movements that have shaped school policies and practices, and their relationship to contemporary developments.

  • EDF 6211: Psychological Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    Selected topics in psychology of human development and learning, related to schools and educational settings.