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Master of Education in Literacy Studies with an Emphasis Reading/Language Arts-K-12 Specialist


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The Reading Specialist endorsement is a 36-semester hour program leading to state certification as a K-12 reading specialist. It is designed for persons who are interested in administration and supervision of district-wide reading/language arts programs and will enable the bearer to be employed as a school reading consultant, to teach in special remedial or developmental programs, and to teach reading as a special subject. The reading specialist endorsement may be added to either an elementary or secondary teaching certificate.

Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Graduate candidates will maintain a portfolio and submit it to their adviser periodically throughout their program.

The program offers various options for course delivery: Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Online. For more course format information and how to find available courses, please click here.

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Social Foundation Courses. Select One (3 credits):

  • EDF 671 Educational Policy and Practice
  • EDF 672 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

Research Foundation Course (Prerequisite to ED 693/695) :

  • EDF 660 Educational Inquiry and Evaluation

Emphasis Area Courses (21 credits):

  • EDR 621 Current Issues and Trends in Literacy
  • EDR 622 Developmental Literacy for Children
  • Choose one:
    • EDR 623 Developmental Literacy for Adolescents
    • EDR 627 Literacy Strategies for Content Areas
  • Choose one:
    • EDR 624 Literature for Children
    • EDR 625 Literature for Adolescents
  • EDR 626 Literacy Assessment & Instruction
  • EDR 628 Curriculum and Materials for Language Arts
  • EDR 631 Teaching Writing

Practicum Experiences (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required.) (6 credits):

  • EDR 687 Practicum Experience for Reading Specialist
  • EDR 689 Program Development and Administration

Capstone (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required.) (3 credits) Select One:

  • ED 693 Master's Project
  • ED 695 Master's Thesis

Application deadlines (Practicum/Thesis/Project): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

All candidates must complete a portfolio and submit it periodically for faculty review. Information about the portfolio

Reading Specialist Endorsement, K-12

Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and complete all courses in the M.Ed. in Reading/Language Arts, K-12 Reading Specialist program.

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