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2020-2021 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Education in Literacy Studies - Reading/Language Arts Emphasis

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Mission
Teaching, leading, and learning in a democratic society.

Philosophy
Believing that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals, the College of Education prepares teachers and leaders a) to enhance the academic and personal potential of their students, and b) to evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practices.

Values
The College of Education values expertise to guide our practice, equity to guide our interactions, liberal education to guide our perspectives, and social responsibility to guide our commitment to democratic education. We value these ideals in our preparation of candidates, our development of faculty, and our relationships with the larger community we serve.

The reading/language arts program leading to the M.Ed. degree provides elementary and secondary teachers with the appreciation, theory, and practical skills needed to teach various areas of reading and language arts. The program is helpful for K-12 classroom teachers who want to expand their abilities to work with students in language arts programs as well as for other professionals who support students' literacy acquisition.

Accreditation
Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: International Reading Association (IRA)
Michigan Department of Education

Minimum Number of Hours in Program
All degree-seeking students in the reading/language arts master's program are required to take a minimum of 33 credit hours. If a candidate is pursuing the reading specialist K-12 endorsement, they must complete the 36 credit hours of the reading specialist program.

Program Location
The program is offered at DeVos Center on Pew Grand Rapids Campus, located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

Requirements for the M.Ed., Reading/Language Arts

Requirements for the M.Ed., Reading/Language Arts with Elementary Endorsement

The M.Ed. in Reading/Language Arts with the elementary reading endorsement is a 33-credit hour program leading to state certification in reading at the K-8 school level. It is designed for classroom teachers who wish to develop expertise in the teaching of reading. The elementary reading teacher endorsement may be added only to an elementary teaching certificate.

Each candidate for the M.Ed. degree with the Elementary Reading endorsement must complete the following:

Social Foundations of Education (3 credits) Choose one:

Research and Evaluation (3 credits):

Emphasis Area (18 credits):

Practicum/Graduate Field Experience (3 credits):

Capstone (3 or 6 credits) Choose one:

EDF 660 is prerequisite.

Students should meet with their advisor at the beginning of the program to sign a planned program and map out coursework. Additionally, students should communicate with their advisor throughout the program to decide on a Capstone and discuss plans for completion. Subject to department approval, Capstone courses may be taken in variable amounts from one to three credits (EDR 693) or one to six credits (EDR 695) and require continuous enrollment each semester until completed.

Applications are required for fieldwork courses (EDR 626 and EDR 685) and Capstone courses (EDR 693 and EDR 695). Application deadlines: February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester. Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test and maintain a 3.0 G.P.A.

Requirements for the M.Ed. - Reading/Language Arts with Secondary Endorsement

The M.Ed. in Reading/Language Arts with the secondary reading endorsement is a 33-credit hour program leading to state certification in reading at the secondary school level (6-12). It is designed for classroom teachers who wish to develop expertise in the teaching of reading. The secondary reading teacher endorsement may be added only to a secondary teaching certificate.

Each candidate for the M.Ed. degree with the Secondary Reading endorsement must complete the following:

Social Foundations of Education (3 credits) Choose one:

Research and Evaluation (3 credits):

Emphasis Area (18 credits):

AND choose one of the following:

Practicum/graduate field experience (3 credits):

Capstone (3 or 6 credits) Choose one:

EDF 660 is prerequisite.

Students should meet with their advisor midway through their program to decide on a Capstone and discuss plans for completion. Subject to department approval, Capstone courses may be taken in variable amounts from one to three credits (EDR 693) or one to six credits (EDR 695) and require continuous enrollment each semester until completed.

Applications are required for fieldwork courses (EDR 626 and EDR 685) and Capstone courses (EDR 693 and EDR 695). Application deadlines: February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester. Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test and maintain a 3.0 G.P.A.

Requirements for Reading Specialist Endorsement, K-12

The reading specialist endorsement is a 36-credit-hour program leading to state endorsement as a K-12 reading specialist. It is designed for persons who are interested in administration and supervision of school or district-wide reading/language arts programs and will enable the bearer to be employed as a school reading consultant/literacy coach, 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. The state requires a master's degree in reading for this endorsement.

Social Foundations of Education (3 credits) Choose one:

Research and Evaluation (3 credits):

Capstone Choose one:

Emphasis Area (21 credits):

AND choose one:

AND choose one:

Practicum/Graduate Field Experience (6 credits):

Students should meet with their advisor at the beginning of the program to sign a planned program and map out coursework. Additionally, students should communicate with their advisor throughout the program to decide on a Capstone and discuss plans for completion. Subject to department approval, Capstone courses may be taken in variable amounts from one to three credits (EDR 693) or one to six credits (EDR 695) and require continuous enrollment each semester until completed.

Applications are required for fieldwork courses (EDR 626, EDR 687, and EDR 689) and Capstone courses (EDR 693 and EDR 695). Application deadlines: February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester. Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test and maintain a 3.0 G.P.A.

Requirements for M.Ed. Reading/Language Arts Without Endorsement

Each candidate for the (non-endorsement) M.Ed. degree must complete the following.

Social Foundations of Education (3 credits) Choose one:

Research and Evaluation (3 credits):

Capstone Choose one:

Emphasis Area (21 credits):

AND choose one of the following:

AND choose one of the following:

Supplemental Courses (3 credits) Choose one:

Practicum/Graduate Field Experience (3 credits):

Capstone (3 or 6 credits) Choose one:

EDF 660 is prerequisite.

Students should meet with their advisor midway through their program to decide on a Capstone and discuss plans for completion. Subject to department approval, Capstone courses may be taken in variable amounts from one to three credits (EDR 693) or one to six credits (EDR 695) and require continuous enrollment each semester until completed.

Applications are required for fieldwork courses (EDR 626 and EDR 685) and Capstone courses (EDR 693 and EDR 695). Application deadlines: February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester. Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test and maintain a 3.0 G.P.A.

Requirements for Elementary Reading Teacher Endorsement, K-8

The elementary reading endorsement is a 24-credit hour program leading to state certification in reading at the K-8 school level. It is designed for classroom teachers who wish to develop expertise in the teaching of reading. The elementary reading endorsement may be added only to an elementary teaching certificate.

Practicum/Graduate Field Experience (3 credits):

Students must apply in advance for fieldwork courses (EDR 626 and EDR 685). Advisor approval is required. Application deadlines: February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester. Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test and maintain a 3.0 G.P.A.

Requirements for Secondary Reading Teacher Endorsement, 6-12

The secondary reading endorsement is a 24-credit hour program leading to state certification in reading at the secondary school level (6-12). It is designed for classroom teachers who wish to develop expertise in the teaching of reading. The secondary reading endorsement may be added only to a secondary teaching certificate.

Emphasis Area (21 credits):

AND choose one of the following:

Practicum/Graduate Field Experience (3 credits):

Students must apply in advance for fieldwork courses (EDR 626 and EDR 685). Advisor approval is required. Application deadlines: February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test and maintain a 3.0 GPA.



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