Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Reading Instruction Concentration

In-Person or Online 36 - 39 credits * 2 or 3 years

As low as

$185/mo

*if using financial aid

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This reading instruction coursework will prepare teachers to support individual students, classroom teachers, and the general reading program in the school. This program includes two practicums: one where the participant works with an individual student and one focused on the reading program in the school.

This program leads to Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification as a Reading Specialist. Certification as a Reading Specialist requires MSDE teacher certification and completion of the required a 3 credit Introduction/Survey of Special Education course.

Participants may opt to take a four course sequence to obtain Reading Teacher Endorsement.

How You Learn

Online Format: This is an online graduate program. No face-to-face class meetings are required, but students will be engaged in an active and engaging online environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish one 3-credit course every 8 weeks.

Face-to-Face Options are available, please contact the Graduate Information Office at (667) 444-2410.

Career Outcomes

Graduates leave the program equipped with the skills necessary to become a Reading Specialist within the state of Maryland.

Course Progression and Degree Requirements

M.Ed. Program Option

CourseTitleCredits
ED 625Strategies & Resources in Teaching Reading (required for reading teacher endorsement)3
ED 626Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties (required for reading specialist endorsement)3
ED 637Practicum – – Part 1, Reading Diagnosis and Instruction (required for reading teacher endorsement)3
ED 639Psychological & Linguistic Foundations of Reading (required for reading teacher endorsement)3
ED 636Overview of Intervention Strategies (Candidates completing requirements for Maryland Reading Specialist Certification1.5
ED 638A
ED 638B
Special Project Seminar/limited practicum in Reading Interventions required for reading teacher endorsement)3
ED 635Practicum – – Part 2, Role of Reading Specialist (required to complete Maryland Reading Specialist Certification) and e-portfolio3
ED 601Theories of Development3
ED 602Sociological Perspective3
ED 603Personality Development & Self Esteem3
ED 672Assessing Needs and Evaluating Progress3
ED 651Educating for Character1.5
ED 605Research Methods3
ED 606Action Research3
 Total Credits:39

Post-Master’s Certificate (PDs) Program Option**

CourseTitleCredits
ED 625Strategies & Resources in Teaching Reading (required for reading teacher endorsement)3
ED 626Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties (required for reading specialist endorsement)3
ED 639Psychological & Linguistic Foundations of Reading (required for reading teacher endorsement)3
ED 636Overview of Intervention Strategies (Candidates completing requirements for Maryland Reading Specialist Certification)1.5
ED 638 ASpecial Project Seminar in Reading Intervention: Comprehension (required for reading teacher endorsement)1.5
ED 638 BSpecial Project Seminar in Reading Intervention: Vocabulary (required for reading teacher endorsement)1.5
ED 638 CSpecial Project Seminar in Reading Intervention: Word Identification (required for reading teacher endorsement)1.5
ED 637Practicum – – Part 1, Reading Diagnosis and Instruction (required for reading teacher endorsement)3
ED 635Practicum – – Part 2, Role of Reading Specialist (required to complete Maryland Reading Specialist Certification) and e-portfolio3
ED 672Assessing Needs and Evaluating Progress3
 Total Credits:24

Admissions Requirement: Prior to beginning this specialization, students need to have taken courses required for initial certification.

Certification Requirement: Certification as a Reading Specialist requires MSDE teacher certification and completion of the required 3-credit introduction or survey special education course.

Technology Requirements for Graduation:

  • Technology competencies demonstrated
  • Portfolio completion and exit conference
Please Note:

This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.

**Any Professional Development Certification on its own is not eligible for Financial Aid.