The M.Ed. in Reading program is a Florida Department of Education Approved Program and provides opportunities for advanced study beyond the bachelor's degree with specialization in theoretical approaches to reading instruction, application of theory to practice, and use of specific materials and methods of reading instruction based on current research studies. Applicants must have met professional teacher certification requirements for admission into the program. Reading instruction is the focus of this degree and includes all areas of effective communication, such as writing, reading, speaking, listening, and viewing. Students in this program are eligible to earn reading specialization from the Florida Department of Education.
Program Admission Requirements
- A four year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Any one of the following:
- a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours attempted accruing to the undergraduate degree; or
- a combined score of 1000 or higher on the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE exam; or
- a 400 or higher on the MAT; or
- a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Note: All applicants must submit GPA and graduate admission (GRE or MAT) test scores regardless of which of the above criteria are met for admissions.
- Submission of three favorable recommendations from professionals in the field.
- Professional certification in an appropriate teaching field or completion of certification requirements.
- Performance in courses taken post baccalaureate will be taken into consideration for admission to the College of Education Graduate Programs.
- Required Courses in the Major (30 hrs)
- EDF 6481 Foundations of Research (3)
- EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement (3)
- LAE 6325 Language Arts Methods: Grades 6-12 (3)
- RED 6116 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)
- RED 6540 Assessment in Literacy (3)
- RED 6544 Comprehension, Cognition, & Content Area Reading (3)
- RED 6545 Issues in Vocabulary and Word Study (3)
- RED 6646 Critical Issues in Literacy (3)
- RED 6656 Instruction for Struggling Readers (3)
- RED 6846 Practicum* (3)
*Completed during the last two terms of the programs.
- Electives (6 hrs)
Select one of the following:
- LAE 6415 Literature and the Learner (3)
- LAE 6465 Adolescent Literature (3)
Select one of the following:
- LAE 6315 Teaching Writers and Writing (3)
- LAE 6616 Current Trends in Language Arts (3)
- LAE 5295 Writing Workshop I (National Writing Project) (3)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 36 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Students must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of credit hours specified by the graduate degree program.
- A grade of B or higher must be earned in all College of Education graduate courses used as prerequisites and each program course.
- Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework in program.
- Students must complete and pass a culminating demonstration of learning and competence at the end of the program. These may include comprehensive examinations, portfolios, special practicum projects, or research projects.
- Program completion also requires a passing score on the FTCE Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam.
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes
The College of Education limits the transfer of coursework into its graduate programs to a maximum of 12 credits or three courses. To be considered, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of B and no more than seven years prior to the date of entry into the graduate program and no more than ten years prior to graduation from the graduate program.
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