Program Highlights & Benefits
Flexible, online format
Course schedule designed for working educators
No GRE required
This program Leads to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Special Reading Certification
Experienced educators who wish to strengthen their skills in the area of literacy and language development and work with students and teachers in the area of special reading.
What You Learn
The educational outcomes are designed to prepare practicing professionals with the skills necessary to demonstrate professional practice, integrate educational theory with practice, and assume leadership roles through knowledge of current educational research and practice. Graduate education outcomes assess skills in receptive and expressive communication, thinking strategies and skills, professional dispositions, and depth and breadth of knowledge. All course requirements are tied to the Avila Learning Outcomes, School of Education Conceptual Framework, Missouri Standards for Practicing Teachers and InTASC Core Teaching Standards.
The MAED in Special Reading is designed for the following:
Special Reading preparation. This area of emphasis is for educators desiring to work as literacy professions, including, but not limited to, reading/literacy specialists in various public and private settings. The degree meets the seven standards and their aligned components for reading/literacy specialists as determined by the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals. This program leads to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Special Reading Certification.
How You Learn
Majority of the courses are all online asynchronous format, with no weekly class meeting required. Classes with a field-based experience embedded may require online synchronous weekly meetings. You will finish 3-6 credit hours every 8 weeks.
Assessment: Outcomes for the Master of Arts degree in Education are assessed through signature assessments, and research action projects as indicated on course syllabi. Alignment matrices showing assessment of outcomes in each graduate concentration are located in the School of Education Office. Concentrations require capstone courses in which the outcomes are assessed.
The Master of Art’s degree in Education with a concentration in Special Reading is designed to prepare teachers to focus on literacy development, instruction, and assessment of students with diverse learning and literacy needs. Students who complete the Master of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Literacy will meet the following outcomes. Understand the characteristics and needs of literacy learners at various stages of development. Analyze and critique past practices and current trends in literacy learning, teaching, and evaluation. Know and access the wide array of text types available for literacy learners. Consider a range of theories, approaches, methods, and techniques for learning and teaching literacy. Utilize appropriate evaluation tools and remedial procedures. Design and implement individualized instructional programs for struggling readers and writers based on assessment results. Apply literacy teaching skills in supervised settings. Understand the evolving nature of literacy learning and teaching and have strategies for dealing effectively with the change.
|ED 564||Consultation, Collaboration & Family Engagement: Special Education||1|
|ED 562||Methods of Teaching Language & Literacy||3|
|ED 656||Advanced Literature for Youth||3|
|ED 661||Second Language Acquisition||3|
|ED 670||Advanced Assessment & Remediation||3|
|ED 671||Advanced Teaching of Secondary Literacy||3|
|ED 673||Evaluation of Abilities & Assessment||3|
|ED 674||Supervision of Literacy Program||3|
|ED 689||Educational Research||3|
|ED 697||Advanced Literacy Clinical Elementary||3|
|ED 698||Advanced Literacy Clinical Secondary||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||31|
Students may transfer in up to 9 credit hours to fulfill elective hour requirements.