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Graduate Reading Program

Graduate Reading Program

Contact

Karen Pike
Education Department Administrative Assistant
Madame Cadillac Building, Room 212
Direct: (313) 927-1487

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Vivian Johnson, Ph.D.
Literacy Learning and Reading Program Coordinator
Madame Cadillac Building, Room 201
Direct: (313) 927-1384

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Programs

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading leading to the Reading Specialist [BR] Endorsement (K-12)

Reading & Literacy Overview

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading leading to a Reading Specialist [BR] Endorsement (K-12) program provides advanced study in theories of literacy development that prepares graduates to serve in leadership roles as reading teachers, reading specialists/literacy coaches, or reading clinicians in public, private, or parochial school settings.

Reading is viewed as a developmental process guided by the learner’s experiential background, self-perception, cultural identity, and the context for learning. Courses lead students to recognize and explore how issues of gender, ethnicity, multiculturalism, diversity, and global perspectives impacts learners in varied environments. These issues are addressed through instructional design, selection of evidenced based materials and media, and the use of multiple assessment measures for evaluation of student learning. Students receive practical experience in diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities. 

Successful completion of the program prepares graduates to become more knowledgeable, skillful, capable leaders of reading and literacy development.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet all of the general graduate admission requirements (see the “Graduate Admissions” section of this catalog).  Applicants MUST have an elementary or secondary teaching certificate.

SPECIFIC PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

To complete the Master of Education in Reading leading to a Reading Specialist Endorsement [BR] (K-12), students must complete 30 credits of approved coursework including a 4 credit research project and a 4 credit clinical practicum.  

Required Courses (16 credits) 

RDG 509 Psychology of Literacy Development (3)

RDG 557 Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading (3) -OR-

RDG 559 Literature Based Approaches to Reading Instruction (3)

RDG 564 Methods in Elementary Reading and Language Arts (3)

RDG 567 The Writing Process in Literacy Development (3)

RDG 639 Research in Reading and Curriculum Development (4)

Courses for Reading Specialist Endorsement  (14 credits)

RDG 609 Diagnostic Techniques in Reading Instruction (3)

RDG 619 Prescriptive Techniques for Reading Instruction (3)

RDG 649 Seminar for Reading Specialists (3)

RDG 669 Clinical Practicum in Reading (4)

RDG 691 Independent Study: Reading & Technology (1)

The Reading Specialist Endorsement, granted by the State of Michigan after successful program completion and College recommendation, requires a passing score on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Reading Specialist subject area test. For more information visit: 

http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/PDFs/MI_field092_SG.pdf

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed in required courses and in specified electives. These must include a minimum of 24 credit hours in Reading (RDG) and Education (EDU) courses.

Courses for the completion of the M.Ed. degree must include:

A. SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS (6 CREDIT HOURS)
A minimum of six credit hours must be taken from Social Foundations courses. These courses may not be transferred from another institution. See the “Graduate Courses” section of this catalog for an explanation of the requirements and for full course descriptions.

B. RESEARCH
RDG 639 Research in Reading and Curriculum Development

C. READING COURSES
RDG 509 Psychology of Literacy Development
*RDG 557 Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading
RDG 559 Literature Based Approaches to Reading Instruction
*RDG 564 Methods in Elementary Reading and Language Arts
RDG 567 The Writing Process in Literacy Development
RDG 609 Diagnostic Techniques in Reading Instruction
RDG 619 Prescriptive Techniques for Reading Instruction

* Appropriate undergraduate courses may be substituted with permission of the program coordinator.

D. ELECTIVES
RDG 519 Language and Cognitive Development
EDU 524 Principles in Classroom Management
EDU 530 Technology in the Classroom
EDU 537 Curriculum Theory and Development
EDU 556 Language Development and Disorders
EDU 640 Technology Tools for Teachers

Reading Endorsement (K-12)

The Reading Endorsement requires completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours in Reading (RDG) courses and graduate level Education (EDU) courses, and can only be offered to those with a M.Ed. The endorsement, granted by the State of Michigan, also requires a passing score on the subject area test of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).

Courses for completion of the M.Ed. Degree with a Reading Endorsement must include:

A. READING COURSES
RDG 509 Psychology of Literacy Development
RDG 519 Language and Cognitive Development
* RDG 557 Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading
RDG 559 Literature Based Approaches to Reading Instruction
* RDG 564 Methods in Elementary Reading and Language Arts
RDG 567 The Writing Process in Literacy Development
RDG 609 Diagnostic Techniques in Reading Instruction
RDG 619 Prescriptive Techniques for Reading Instruction
RDG 649 Seminar for Reading Specialists
RDG 669 Clinical Practicum in Reading
RDG 691 Independent Study: Issues in
Literacy Development

* Appropriate undergraduate courses may be substituted. Other courses may be substituted with permission of the program coordinator.

B. EDUCATION COURSES
Select two courses from the following:
EDU 524 Principles of Classroom Management
EDU 530 Technology in the Classroom
EDU 537 Curriculum Theory and Development
EDU 547 General Secondary Methods
EDU 556 Language Development and Disorders
EDU 640 Technology Tools for Teachers

STATE OF MICHIGAN APPROVED COURSES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH 2000 READING REQUIREMENTS FOR PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATION

A. ELEMENTARY
RDG 564 Methods in Elementary Reading and Other Language Arts
RDG 567 The Writing Process in Literacy Development
RDG 609 Diagnostic Techniques in Reading Instruction
OR RDG 567 The Writing Process in Literacy RDG 619 Prescriptive Techniques for Reading Instruction

B. SECONDARY
RDG 557 Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading
RDG 567 The Writing Process in Literacy Development

18 Hour Planned Program

FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION
Select a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work from among Reading (RDG) courses and 6 credit hours of course work from Education (EDU) courses in consultation with the program coordinator.

*Select 12 credit hours from the following reading courses:
RDG 509 Psychology of Literacy Development
RDG 519 Language and Cognitive Development
RDG 559 Literature Based Approaches to Reading Instruction
RDG 567 The Writing Process in Literacy Development
RDG 609 Diagnostic Techniques in Reading Instruction
RDG 619 Prescriptive Techniques for Reading Instruction

*Select six credit hours from the following courses:
EDU 524 Principles of Classroom Management
EDU 530 Technology in the Classroom
EDU 556 Language Development and Disorders
EDU 640 Technology Tools for Teachers

* Other courses may be substituted with permission of the program coordinator.

Reading & Literacy Course Descriptions

RDG 509: Psychology of Literacy Development   3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course examines, explores, and investigates psychological variables and the behaviors involved in reading and learning to read.  The course analyzes task and milieu conditions which facilitate reading skill acquisition, and examines teaching strategies in relation to research findings about literacy learning.

RDG 557: Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course specifically addresses adapting content instruction to meet the needs of intermediate and secondary school students with reading problems.  Students in this course analyze the variations in vocabulary, format, comprehension, and study procedures across content areas.  Teaching strategies for improving basic reading skills, content reading and writing proficiency of all students are presented with strategies for supporting literacy instruction across the curriculum.

RDG 559: Literature Based Approaches to Reading Instruction 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course examines the history, rationale, and criteria for selection and evaluation of classic, contemporary, culturally diverse literature for children and young adults.  Specific strategies for culturally relevant literature-based reading instruction are presented to foster literacy development and promote an enjoyment of literature.

RDG 564: Methods in Elementary Reading and Other Language Arts 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course presents criteria and procedures for examining reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking processes. Developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and materials supportive of reading development are explored. This course also examines research and management of classroom reading programs, grades K-8.

RDG 567: The Writing Process in Literacy Development 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course presents theories of how to teach writing skills examining the connection between reading and writing performance in literacy development. This course also examines skills that support writing processes and identifies effective strategies for cross-curricular integration of creative and informational writing.

RDG 609: Diagnostic Techniques in Reading Instruction 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course examines identification of reading disabilities and possible causative factors through the use of formal and informal tests and case study methods. This course develops a comprehensive testing vocabulary in order to administer, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests.

RDG 619: Prescriptive Techniques for Reading Instruction 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course examines implementation considerations, management systems, and classroom organization of developmental and remedial reading programs, grades K-8. Advanced skills are developed for selecting, designing and evaluating strategies for meeting specific reading objectives. Direction is given on prescribing and modifying for differentiated instruction, and supporting content area reading instruction.

RDG 639: Research in Reading and Curriculum Development 4 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course provides opportunities for research that focuses on effective literacy instruction and factors involved in successful curriculum development of school-wide reading programs.  The course covers formal and informal research techniques. Students will design, conduct, and present a research project.

RDG 649: Seminar for Reading Specialists 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course addresses reading consultation responsibilities. These include coordinating developmental and remedial programs, facilitating teacher and staff development, writing program, funding and research proposals, conducting workshops, and simulating interactions.

RDG 669: Clinical Practicum in Reading   4 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course explores advanced diagnosis and remediation in a clinical setting, including on-going assessment and modification of teaching strategies.  Course material covers learning conditions in relation to pupil performance, and methodologies for reporting findings and recommendations.  NOTE: Reading specialist endorsement requires that the student must work with elementary and secondary age pupils.

RDG 691: Independent Study: Reading & Technology 1-3 credits

Prerequisites: none

Independent Study involves instruction with a designated faculty member outside of regular class settings.  A proposal describing the scope, context and outcomes of the independent study course must be made and accepted by the Dean’s office for independent study to occur.  An explanation of Independent Study parameters and processes can be found in the “Academic Policies” section of this catalog.

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