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MEd Curriculum & Instruction-Reading Specialist

Required Core Courses
EDUK 500Foundations and History of Education3
EDUK 502Cultural Div Schools & Comm3
EDUK 538Curr Design and Impl3
EDUK 598Techniques of Research3
EDUK 577Comprehensive Exam0
EDTK 549Educational Media and Tech3
EDUK 550Assessment Iss Educ Leaders3
ENGK 521Psycholinguistics3
RDGK 573Foundations of Reading3
RDGK 574Reading Res and Materials3
RDGK 575Reading Res and Assessment3
RDGK 576Org and Adm Reading Prog3
RDGK 580Practicum in Reading3
Total Semester Credit Hours36

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Required Courses

EDUK 500. Foundations and History of Education. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course examines the history of education in the United States through a study of the philosophical, historical, psychological and social foundations of curriculum. Emphasis is on the development of a philosophy of education and critical thinking about issues in education. Students must complete this course within the first twelve semester hour of graduate study.

EDUK 502. Cultural Div Schools & Comm. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An examination of various dimensions of culture related to teaching, learning, and support services in the community. Topics of study will include ethnicity, socio-economic status, language, gender, religion, age, and exceptionality.

EDUK 538. Curr Design and Impl. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

The curriculum selection, design, implementation, and evaluation processes within the classroom and school district settings are examined. Factors that influence the curriculum decision-making process and a review of theories of curriculum development will be researched. Curriculum alignment and curriculum auditing will be major emphases of this course.

EDUK 598. Techniques of Research. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Fundamental concepts and tools of research applied to psychological and educational problems. Rationale of research, analysis of problems, library skills, sampling, appraisal instruments, statistical description and inference, writing the research report, and representative research designs.

EDTK 549. Educational Media and Tech. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course provides an examination of the role of technology in school settings and an exploration of available technologies and the applications for instruction. Focus is on Web 2.0 applications for communication and collaboration that expand and extend learning environments.

EDUK 550. Assessment Iss Educ Leaders. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

The examination of assessment as a process with emphasis on assessment of student achievement and on data interpretation for the purpose of improving instruction.

ENGK 521. Psycholinguistics. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Deals with a variety of formal cognitive mechanisms that are relevant to the knowledge and use of natural languages. Primary emphasis is on the modular view of the mind and its consequences for both L1 and L2 language acquisition.

RDGK 573. Foundations of Reading. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examines theoretical models of the reading process, historical perspectives on reading instruction, and language learning. Develops an understanding of the construction of reading theory and its relationship to instructional practices. Prerequisite(s): Elementary, secondary, or all-level certification or approval of the department chair.

RDGK 574. Reading Res and Materials. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Surveys a variety of print and non-print materials including content-area textbooks, trade books, and computer software. Includes evaluation of materials and application of reading principles to instruction in content areas. Prerequisite(s): RDGK 573 or 9 hours of undergraduate reading courses or approval of the department chair.

RDGK 575. Reading Res and Assessment. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examines methods and techniques employed in reading research and assessment. Includes a review of research and the development, implementation, and dissemination of classroom research. Explores the application of appropriate diagnostic and correctional procedures for elementary, secondary, and adult learners having difficulty reading. Includes clinical practice. Prerequisite(s): RDGK 573 or 9 hours of undergraduate reading courses or approval of the department chair.

RDGK 576. Org and Adm Reading Prog. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Surveys state laws, trends and issues related to the administration of reading programs. Examines instructional issues and reading programs for pre-K through adult learners. Includes censorship issues, textbook/test adoption procedures, roles and responsibilities in the reading program, staff development, and change strategies. Prerequisite(s): RDGK 573 or 9 hours of undergraduate reading courses or approval of the department chair.

RDGK 580. Practicum in Reading. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

The Reading Specialist Practicum provides candidates with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in previous Reading Specialist certification courses. Practicum candidates will be directly involved in providing 180 clock hours of reading services to students in a local public or private school setting, and will document expertise and experience in all four Standards. Prerequisite(s): RDGK 573, RDGK 574, RDGK 575, RDGK 576, ENGK 521; two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

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