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Master of Education in Reading

Master’s in READ

ME.d Program of Study

The Master of Reading degree consists of a 36-hour program of study designed to prepare candidates for the role of reading specialist. The degree consists of a 36-hour program of study with concentrated reading coursework that includes: preparation in reading foundations, reading theory, reading research, diagnosis of reading difficulties, vocabulary and comprehension strategies, children’s literature, language strategies, reading in the content areas, teaching children with diverse needs, early intervention programs, and supervised clinical experiences.

The reading program also includes supervised clinical experiences in early intervention, summer reading practicum, and an advanced reading practicum.  Prior to graduation, candidates must pass a comprehensive exam and the Praxis for Reading Specialist. Graduates are then eligible to obtain Reading Specialist licensure in the state of Arkansas.
For more information about the Reading Education program, visit the program’s web site at http://ualr.edu/teacheredndex.php/home/programs/reading/

MEd Admission Requirements:

All applicants for both Regular and Conditional Admission status must have:
•A valid, initial or standard teaching license (Arkansas or other state)
•Favorable recommendation as the result of an interview with Reading Program Faculty
•Minimum of one year classroom teaching experience
•Current employment in a school setting

Specific Admission Criteria for Regular or Conditional Admissions:
Regular Admission:

•Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) – OR -
•Grade point average of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work – OR -
•Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
Conditional Admission:

•Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative grade point average of no lower than a 2.5 – AND -
•Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 370 on the Verbal Scale, 440 on the Quantitative Scale, and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale – OR-
•Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate course work in another UALR program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.
Upon admission to the Master of Education in Reading program and prior to the start of course work, the candidate is required to meet with a member of the Reading Program Faculty in order to complete a program of study.

MEd Program Requirements:

The Master of Education in Reading degree requires 36 graduate credit hours, including 15 common requirement hours and 21 hours with a reading emphasis. Up to six hours of 5000 level courses may be applied to the degree. Passing the comprehensive exam and the Praxis II for reading specialist is required for graduation. The program meets IRA standards for Category III, preparing the Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach. In addition, the MEd in Reading program satisfies NCATE standards.
Common Requirements in Five Areas (15 hours):

•READ 7327 Contemporary Curriculum Design
•LSTE 7305 Micro Applications, or TCED 5300 Comp/Internet
•READ 7352 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties I – OR –
•READ 7365 Specialized Assessment in Early Literacy Instruction (RR)
•EDFN 7303 Introduction to Research
•READ 7351 Foundations of Teaching Reading

Emphasis Requirements (12 hours)

•READ 7356 Practicum in Reading
•READ 7370 Advanced Practicum in Reading
•READ 7397 Creating a Literate Environments for Young Learners
•READ 7357 Seminar in Reading

Electives (Select 9 hours)

•READ 7307 Reading Workshop
•READ 7321 Processes and Strategies in Reading Comprehension
•READ 7326 Developmental Reading
•READ 7330 Children’s Literature Across the Curriculum
•READ 7340 Best Practices in Literacy Instruction (RR)
•READ 7342 Principles of Literacy & Cognition I (RR
•READ 7343 Principles of Literacy & Cognition II (RR)
•READ 7344 Intervention Designs for Struggling Readers
•READ 7345 Advanced Practicum in Intervention Models
•READ 7348 Teaching the Writing Process in Schools
•READ 7352 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties I
•READ 7354 Reading in the Content Areas
•READ 7361 Language and Reading Instruction
•READ 7365 Specialized Assessment in Early Literacy Instruction
•READ 7393 Special Topics
•READ 7395 Comprehensive Literacy Model for School Improvement
•READ 7398 Theory and Practice in Literacy
•READ 8305 Literacy Coaches as Agents of Change
•TCED 5300 Reading Workshop (Maximum -6 hours)

Note: RR denotes classes for Reading Recovery teachers only.

UALR is a certified University Training Center (UTC) for preparing Reading Recover teachers and teacher leaders. The training program for Reading Recovery teachers and teacher leaders is regulated by the Standards and Guidelines of the Reading Recovery Council of North America.  Upon acceptance to the UALR Reading Recovery teacher training program, the candidate participates in 12 hours of specialized coursework.  In year one, the candidate receives training as a Reading Recovery teacher. In year two, the candidate receives training in the K-8 small group intervention model.
Reading Recovery/Intervention Teacher Courses (12 hours)

•READ 7342 Principles of Literacy & Cognition I (RR
•READ 7343 Principles of Literacy & Cognition II (RR)
•READ 7344 Intervention Designs for Struggling Readers
•READ 7345 Advanced Practicum in Intervention Models

Additional information about Reading Recovery and Intervention programs can be obtained at the UALR Center for Literacy web site www.arliteracymodel.com.

Reading Specialist Licensure

The Arkansas Department of Education offers two levels of licensure: P-8 and 7-12. Upon graduation, which requires successfully completing required course work, passing the comprehensive exam, and passing the Praxis II for Reading Specialist, students will be eligible for reading licensure in the State of Arkansas.
MEd Retention Requirements

Once admitted, students are required to maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 with at least a grade of B in all Reading Education (READ) courses. The student must have a 3.0 grade point average in the initial 12 hours of READ courses in order to continue in the MEd in Reading program. The student’s adviser will conduct a transcript evaluation after the completion of 12 hours of READ courses. Students will be notified of their status.
 In addition, students’ professional behavior, content knowledge, classroom performance, and dispositions will be monitored throughout the program. Professional development conferences with Reading Department faculty will be held if concerns in these areas are identified. Successful advancement in the program is not based solely on the number of course credits earned; it also requires demonstration of specified professional knowledge, skills, behaviors, and dispositions.
MEd Graduation Requirements

•Complete a minimum of 36 hours of program course work
•Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in course work specified on program of study
•Pass a comprehensive examination
•Pass the Praxis II examination for reading specialist

Updated 4.16.2009