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Reading and Literacy (M.Ed.)

The post-baccalaureate Master of Education in Reading and Literacy program prepares candidates to work as reading specialists for all grade levels.

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Program Overview 

Van Loan School at Endicott College offers a program specially tailored to the needs of experienced teachers. The Master of Education in Reading and Literacy program prepares candidates to obtain Massachusetts State Licensure as a Reading Specialist for all grades (PreK–12). Our courses are designed with the reading specialist, coach or interventionist in mind. Each course highlights evidence-based, best practices in reading and writing instruction for all grades. Students take rigorous and relevant coursework in reading and writing development taught by faculty who have been reading coaches and interventionists in public schools and experienced lecturers in graduate education for over 15 years. All students are taught the most-up-to date and scientific approaches to teaching reading and writing.

The programs in Reading and Literacy are designed in three tracks: 1) a 36-credit program that leads to Initial Licensure and a Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy, 2) a 36-credit Master’s Degree program that leads to Professional Licensure, 3) a 21-credit program that grants initial licensure only in Reading and Literacy.

Prerequisite for Initial Licensure: Initial License in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Special Education. To meet the licensure program requirements, students must successfully complete all of the required MTELs, coursework, fieldwork, and Comprehensive Examination. Students are required to pass all required MTELs prior to enrolling in the practicum. Students who are unable to meet these requirements can complete the Non-Licensure masters which replaces the Practicum and Reflective Seminar with two education electives. The non-licensure master’s does not lead to licensure in the state of Massachusetts and no MTELs are required in the Non-Licensure program of study.

Eligibility for Professional Licensure: In addition to completing the Professional Licensure Program of Study, in order to be eligible for a Massachusetts Professional level teacher license, a person must hold an Initial license in the same field as the Professional license sought, hold an SEI endorsement, been employed under the Initial license for at least three (3) years, and completed an induction and mentoring program. Please see Endicott’s Licensure Officer with any questions.

Prerequisite for Professional Licensure: Possession of an Initial License in Early Childhood or Elementary Education

 

 

Program of Study

Initial Licensure

EDN 530* Sheltered English Immersion, OR

EDN 575 Data Literacy 3 cr.

EXM 696 Educator Licensure Comprehensive Examination 0 cr.

RDL 500* Early Literacy Development 3 cr.

RDL 505 Adolescent Literacy 3 cr.

RDL 510* Children’s & Young Adult Literature 3 cr.

RDL 515* Writing Instruction 3 cr.

RDL 520* Assessment of Reading Skills 3 cr.

RDL 525* Reading Difficulties 3 cr.

RDL 530 Theories of Language and Linguistics 3 cr.

RDL 550* Literacy Coaching (pre-practicum experience) 3 cr.

RDL 560* Practicum in Reading and Literacy 3 cr.

RDL 565* Reflective Seminar in Reading and Literacy 3 cr.

SPE 525* Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.

*Courses required for licensure

 

Professional Licensure

EDN 570 Strategies for Classroom Management 3 cr.

EDN 575 Data Literacy 3 cr.

EDN 680 Research Methods 3 cr.

EDN 685 Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change 3 cr.

EDN 690 Advanced Seminar in Education 3 cr.

ELM 530 Humanities Methods in Early Childhood & Elementary Education 3 cr.

EXM 696 Educator Licensure Comprehensive Examination 0 cr.

RDL 530 Theories of Language and Linguistics 3 cr.

RDL 570 Learning and Cognition 3 cr.

RDL 575 Assessment Frameworks 3 cr.

RDL 585 Critical Media Literacy 3 cr.

RDL 590 Advanced Seminar Reading/ Language 3 cr.

SPE 685 Personalized Learning 3 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.


Note: All courses are required for licensure

 

Note: *Courses required for licensure. As regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the practicum requires 150 hours in the role and grade level of the license sought. Students may have their practicum placement, supervising practitioner, and hours approved by Endicott staff before enrolling in the practicum course. Additional hours may be assigned at the discretion of the Dean, Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director.


Non-Licensure

RDL 500 Early Literacy Development 3 cr.

RDL 505 Adolescent Literacy 3 cr.

RDL 510 Children’s & Young Adult Literature 3 cr.

RDL 515 Writing Instruction 3 cr.

RDL 520 Assessment of Reading Skills 3 cr.

RDL 525 Reading Difficulties 3 cr.

RDL 530 Theories of Language and Linguistics 3 cr.

RDL 580 Family Literacy Connections 3 cr.

SPE 525 Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.

Education Electives* 9 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.

*Electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:


- Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to the process of reading and development of literacy skills

  - Design high quality and coherent instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments

  - Analyze student performance and growth data and to use this data to improve instruction and practice

  - Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.

  - Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.

  - Ensure the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice


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