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Reading and Literacy Licensure (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

Endicott College at the Van Loan School is proud to offer 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.

Reading and Literacy: Initial Licensure (PreK–12)

Initial Licensure Program of Study

Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure as a Reading Specialist

Reading and Literacy Initial Licensure

IED

530

Linguistics and Language Acquisition

3 cr.

SPN

511

Assistive and Augmentative Technologies

3 cr.

ED

542*

Sheltered English Immersion

3 cr.

RDG

558

Literacy Connections (Pre-practicum)

3 cr.

ECE

500

Child and Adolescent Development

3 cr.

RDG

506 *

Emergence of Literacy

3 cr.

RDG

507 *

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 cr.

RDG

508 *

Improvement of Reading Instruction

3 cr.

RDG

511 *

Children’s Literature

3 cr.

RDG

512 *

Diagnosis and Remediation

3 cr.

RDG

514 *

Practicum Experience: Teacher of Reading

3 cr.

RDG

515 *

Reflective Seminar: Teacher of Reading

3 cr.

EXM

696

Educator Licensure Comprehensive Examination

0 cr.

Total Degree Requirements 36 cr.


                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The program in Reading and Literacy enables candidates to be eligible to apply for Initial Licensure in Reading. Courses such as RDG 506 Emergence of Literacy, RDG 507 Writing Across the Curriculum, RDG 511 Children’s Literature, RDG 512 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties, and RDG 508 Improvement of Reading Instruction provide background knowledge to the teacher to become a reading specialist. While practical experiences are part of each course format, pre-practicum experiences are included in RDG 558 Literacy Connections where students learn about the various roles reading specialists and interventionists can serve at the school and district level. The 150-hour practicum and accompanying seminar prepare teachers through supervised classroom experiences to take on the role of a reading teacher for all grade levels. Each course addresses the relevant Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, the Professional Standards of Teachers, and the International Literacy Association’s Standards for Reading Professionals.

 Completion Requirements

To successfully complete the Reading and Literacy program for Initial Licensure in Reading, students must successfully complete all of the required courses, fieldwork, and the comprehensive examination. Students are also required to pass the subject matter test in Reading prior to graduation and application for Initial Licensure as reading specialists.

 

Reading and Literacy: Professional Licensure (PreK–12)

The 36-credit Appropriate Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy prepares reading specialists who already possess an Initial License in the field with a program of study leading to eligibility for Professional Licensure in the state of Massachusetts. The Master’s Degree combines the study of advanced level subject matter and pedagogy in reading with an in-depth examination of research methods, policy analysis, the social history of American education, and child and adolescent development. Preparing practicing reading specialists to build a deeper understanding of the field, the Master’s Degree also provides educators with the opportunity to examine trends in 21st century American education that impact their students, schools, and lives as teachers.
Prerequisite: Possession of an Initial License in Reading.

 

Professional Licensure Program of Study

Reading and Literacy Professional Licensure

ED

580

Innovative Methods in Education

3 cr.

ED

590

Data Literacy

3 cr.

ED

582

Research Methods

3 cr.

EDC

510

Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes

3 cr.

EDC

525

Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School

3 cr.

ECE

500

Child and Adolescent Development

3 cr.

IED

509

Language Diversity in Education

3 cr.

ITP

543

Multi-Media Literacy: Critical Analysis Techniques and Classroom Applications for the Information Age

3 cr.

RDG

502

Learning and Cognition

3 cr.

RDG

558

Literacy Connections

3 cr.

RDG

509

Portfolio Assessment

3 cr.

RDG

513

Advanced Seminar Reading/ Language

3 cr.

EXM

696

Educator Licensure Comprehensive Examination

0 cr.

Total Degree Requirements 36 cr.


 

Completion Requirements

To successfully complete the Master’s Degree program, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and, where relevant, the required field work and the comprehensive examination.

Eligibility for Professional Licensure

According to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations, a Professional License is granted to individuals who possess an Initial License, have completed an Appropriate Master’s Degree in an Education school, have completed a one-year induction program with a mentor, and have completed at least three years of employment in the role of the license. Students completing the Master’s degree who have not met the other requirements for the Professional License, including a one-year induction program with a mentor and at least three years of employment in the role of the license, i.e., as a reading specialist, will be advised to apply to the DESE for the Professional License when they have met these requirements. Students who have met the induction and employment requirements will be advised to apply for their Professional License with DESE.


Non-Licensure Program of Study

Students interested in exploring the area of reading and writing instruction while learning current and evidence-based practices take our non-licensure program of study. The courses while similar to the licensure program do not have a practicum and thus offer more flexibility to the experienced teacher who is mostly interested in the courses themselves and not the license. Non-licensure students do not earn licensure in reading.

Reading and Literacy Non-Licensure

RDG

506

Emergence of Literacy

3 cr.

RDG

507

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 cr.

RDG

508

Improvement of Reading Instruction

3 cr.

RDG

511

Children’s Literature

3 cr.

RDG

512

Diagnosis and Remediation

3 cr.

Elective*

3 cr.

ECE

500

Child and Adolescent Development

3 cr.

IED

530

Linguistics and Language Acquisition

3 cr.

RDG

504

Family Literacy Connections

3 cr.

SPN

511

Assistive and Augmentative Technologies

3 cr.

Elective*

3 cr.

Elective*

3 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.


 

 

 

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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