Master of Science in Education in Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach K-12

MSEd — Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach is an approved program in the State of Maine

Admis­sions Require­ments | UNE Aca­d­e­m­ic Cat­a­log

This Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Edu­ca­tion in Read­ing Specialist/Literacy Coach K-12 pro­gram pre­pares you to become a Read­ing Specialist/Literacy Coach in a K-12 set­ting, and this pro­gram is approved prepa­ra­tion for Lit­er­a­cy Spe­cial­ist Cer­tifi­cate (092) in the State of Maine.

The cours­es in this pro­gram are designed to equip you with the foun­da­tion­al knowl­edge that you need to assess stu­dents and to pro­vide tar­get­ed lit­er­a­cy instruc­tion. The pro­gram pre­pares you to take a lead­er­ship role in your school and dis­tricts to sup­port fel­low edu­ca­tors in their goal of improv­ing stu­dents’ lit­er­a­cy growth. Through course work that engages you in col­lab­o­ra­tive rela­tion­ships around issues in lit­er­a­cy edu­ca­tion, you will explore the dis­po­si­tions, knowl­edge, and skills that lit­er­a­cy lead­ers need to be suc­cess­ful.

The lit­er­a­cy con­cen­tra­tion at UNE is taught by a high­ly qual­i­fied and cohe­sive team of expe­ri­enced edu­ca­tors with first-hand knowl­edge of lit­er­a­cy best prac­tices. Draw­ing upon 21st cen­tu­ry lit­er­a­cy skills and the use of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, you will dis­cov­er that this pro­gram will expand your teach­ing knowl­edge, skills, and dis­po­si­tions.

Program Highlights

  • 36-cred­it hour pro­gram
  • Com­plete your degree in just under two years
  • 100% online — no cam­pus vis­its required
  • Learn any­time from any place
  • No GRE Required
  • Dynam­ic fac­ul­ty of prac­ti­tion­ers, researchers and edu­ca­tors
  • Region­al­ly accred­it­ed by the New Eng­land Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools & Col­leges (NEASC)

Accreditation

NEASC accredited

The Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land is region­al­ly accred­it­ed by the New Eng­land Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges Com­mis­sion on Insti­tu­tions of High­er Edu­ca­tion (NEASC CIHE). NEASC is the nation’s old­est region­al accred­it­ing asso­ci­a­tion whose mis­sion is the estab­lish­ment and main­te­nance of high lev­els of edu­ca­tion, from pre-kinder­garten through the high­er edu­ca­tion doc­tor­al lev­el. Accred­i­ta­tion is the review of the qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions and pro­grams. In the Unit­ed States, accred­i­ta­tion is a major way that the pub­lic knows that an insti­tu­tion or pro­gram pro­vides a high qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion.
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Course Descriptions

The online Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Edu­ca­tion in Read­ing Specialist/Literacy Coach K-12 is designed to pro­vide proven the­o­ries and strate­gies that you can put direct­ly into prac­tice in the class­rooms, while also high­light­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and method­olo­gies in Lit­er­a­cy.

MSEd in Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach K-12 Core Coursework

EDU 600: Teacher as Leader (Cred­its: 3)

This course enhances class­room-based expe­ri­ences by link­ing them with pro­fes­sion­al research skills.  Edu­ca­tors in this course will learn to locate and crit­i­cal­ly review a wide range of pro­fes­sion­al resources, artic­u­late knowl­edge from a research-based frame­work, and col­lab­o­rate with their peers on nav­i­gat­ing school cul­tures. This course high­lights the roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties of lead­ers in a school set­ting.

EDU 610: Dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion The­o­ry and Strate­gies (Cred­its: 3)

This course explores the the­o­ries of dif­fer­en­ti­at­ed instruc­tion.  With­in the course, edu­ca­tors ana­lyze dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion the­o­ries and incor­po­rate dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion strate­gies into the design of units and lessons in their own edu­ca­tion­al set­tings.  Col­le­gial reflec­tion regard­ing the use of these dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion strate­gies will be a major com­po­nent of the course.

MSEd in Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach K-12 Concentration Coursework

EDU 740: Sup­port­ing Lit­er­a­cy Devel­op­ment for All Learn­ers (Cred­its: 3)

This course will address the foun­da­tion­al knowl­edge that teach­ers of lit­er­a­cy need in order to under­stand the read­ing and writ­ing process for stu­dents. In this course, teach­ers will be exposed to major the­o­ries, research, and best prac­tices in the lit­er­a­cy field. Teach­ers will be asked to draw upon this the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­tice knowl­edge to think about issues of prac­tice. Through engag­ing inquiry units, teach­ers will become active par­tic­i­pants in devel­op­ing a strong foun­da­tion­al base for lit­er­a­cy instruc­tion for all learn­ers in their class­rooms.

EDU 741: Lit­er­a­cy Assess­ments as Teach­ing Tools (Cred­its: 3)

This course focus­es on the use of assess­ments in deter­min­ing a student’s read­ing and/or writ­ing skills. Teach­ers will exam­ine, cre­ate, eval­u­ate, and reflect on a vari­ety of lit­er­a­cy assess­ments as they are direct­ly con­nect­ed to data-dri­ven instruc­tion and stu­dent lit­er­a­cy achieve­ment. Each course mod­ule will engage teach­ers in becom­ing famil­iar with a range of assess­ments and how to use data from these assess­ments in devel­op­ing lessons and activ­i­ties that will allow stu­dents to learn sub­ject con­tent as well as devel­op and deep­en lit­er­a­cy skills. Teach­ers will be engaged in the research around assess­ments as well as how to mod­i­fy assess­ments and instruc­tion based on assess­ments to meet the needs of diverse learn­ers.

EDU 742: Study Skills and Con­tent Lit­er­a­cy Instruc­tion for All (Cred­its: 3)

This course focus­es on research-based study skills and strate­gies for pro­vid­ing lit­er­a­cy instruc­tion with­in the class­room con­tent area. Edu­ca­tors will learn to inte­grate lit­er­a­cy and study skills instruc­tion in their class­rooms while design­ing read­ing assign­ments that afford stu­dents access to the con­cepts in the text. Con­cepts and strate­gies pre­sent­ed are rel­e­vant to the needs of ESL stu­dents.

EDU 743: Con­nect­ing Read­ing with Writ­ing for Suc­cess (Cred­its: 3)

The read­ing-writ­ing con­nec­tion will be the focus of the course. Edu­ca­tors will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore this con­nec­tion through the exam­i­na­tion and appli­ca­tion of suc­cess­ful instruc­tion­al strate­gies and activ­i­ties. Edu­ca­tors, regard­less of the lev­el or con­tent they teach, will be pro­vid­ed with tools that will help to main­tain learn­ers’ lit­er­a­cy devel­op­ment as they read and write to learn or learn to read and write.

EDU 744: Meet­ing Stu­dent Lit­er­a­cy Chal­lenges (Cred­its: 3)

This course will address how to engage in dif­fer­en­ti­at­ed lit­er­a­cy prac­tices to meet the needs of diverse learn­ers. Edu­ca­tors will be immersed in the foun­da­tion­al knowl­edge that will aid them in cre­at­ing effec­tive instruc­tion that will assist stu­dents who need sup­port in their lit­er­a­cy devel­op­ment. The read­ings and course­work will explore how to approach lit­er­a­cy chal­lenges from the class­room and school lev­els in a sys­tem­at­ic way as well as incor­po­rat­ing a cul­tur­al­ly respon­sive approach to ped­a­gogy.

EDU 746: Pro­fes­sion­al Learn­ing and Lit­er­a­cy Lead­er­ship (Cred­its: 3)

This course will focus on the lead­er­ship skills that the pro­fes­sion­al will need as a Read­ing Specialist/Literacy Coach. Specif­i­cal­ly, this course will explore the coach­ing rela­tion­ship and how to work col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly to plan, imple­ment, and super­vise lit­er­a­cy pro­grams at the indi­vid­ual, class­room, school, and dis­trict-wide lev­el. Focus will also be on facil­i­tat­ing a lit­er­ate envi­ron­ment, work­ing with lit­er­a­cy in a diverse soci­ety, and devel­op­ing lead­er­ship skills. This course will also ful­fill the require­ments that many states have for course work in Admin­is­tra­tion and Super­vi­sion of Lan­guage Arts Pro­grams.

EDU 747: Lit­er­a­cy for Eng­lish Lan­guage Learn­ers (Cred­its: 3)

This course goes into more depth specif­i­cal­ly about meet­ing the needs of stu­dents whose native lan­guage is not Eng­lish. Top­ics will include emer­gent lit­er­a­cy, indi­vid­ual stu­dent dif­fer­ences and sim­i­lar­i­ties, first and sec­ond lan­guage acqui­si­tion and devel­op­ment, emer­gent and expe­ri­enced read­ing and writ­ing devel­op­ment, mul­ti­ple test sources, text analy­sis, process writ­ing, assess­ment tech­niques, port­fo­lio assess­ment, class­room orga­ni­za­tion and man­age­ment, whole lan­guage class­rooms, lan­guage arts mate­ri­als, and effec­tive instruc­tion­al strate­gies. This course will help to pre­pare future Read­ing Spe­cial­ists to work with this grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and sup­port teach­ers who have stu­dents from dif­fer­ent lin­guis­tic back­grounds.

EDU 748: Lit­er­a­cy for Inclu­sion Set­tings (Cred­its: 3)

This course is designed to strad­dle the dis­ci­plines of reg­u­lar and spe­cial edu­ca­tion. Stu­dents will explore the imple­men­ta­tion of mul­ti-tier approach­es to the ear­ly iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and sup­port of stu­dents with learn­ing and behav­ior needs and ways to dif­fer­en­ti­ate instruc­tion. The course attends to the col­lab­o­ra­tion that takes places between reg­u­lar and spe­cial edu­ca­tion teach­ers when assess­ing and plan­ning instruc­tion for all stu­dents in an inclu­sive set­ting.

EDU 749: Read­ing Diag­no­sis: Clin­i­cal Prac­tice I (Cred­its: 3)

In con­junc­tion with EDU 750, this course is the first of two practicum cours­es that close­ly exam­ine a wide range of assess­ment and instruc­tion­al meth­ods to sup­port lit­er­a­cy devel­op­ment of strug­gling learn­ers. Stu­dents in this course work close­ly with an onsite men­tor, a learn­ing com­mu­ni­ty of stu­dents and a UNE instruc­tor. This col­lab­o­ra­tion will sup­port stu­dents as they devel­op rela­tion­ships with K-12 stu­dents who strug­gle in lit­er­a­cy. Expe­ri­ences in the course include work­ing in a one-on-one tuto­r­i­al set­ting, admin­is­ter­ing a vari­ety of read­ing diag­no­sis assess­ments, and col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly cre­at­ing and imple­ment­ing lit­er­a­cy pro­gram­ming that builds on diag­no­sis with the goal of mov­ing learn­ers for­ward in their lit­er­a­cy growth. This course meets most state’s require­ments that a 6 cred­it practicum be part of an approved grad­u­ate pro­gram.

EDU 750: Read­ing Instruc­tion­al Inter­ven­tion: Clin­i­cal Prac­tice II (Cred­its: 3)

In con­junc­tion with EDU 749, this course is the sec­ond of two practicum cours­es that close­ly exam­ine a wide range of assess­ment and instruc­tion­al meth­ods to sup­port lit­er­a­cy devel­op­ment of strug­gling learn­ers. Stu­dents in this course work close­ly with an onsite men­tor, a learn­ing com­mu­ni­ty of stu­dents and a UNE instruc­tor. This col­lab­o­ra­tion will sup­port stu­dents as they devel­op rela­tion­ships with K-12 stu­dents who strug­gle in lit­er­a­cy. Expe­ri­ences in the course include work­ing in a one-on-one tuto­r­i­al set­ting, admin­is­ter­ing a vari­ety of read­ing diag­no­sis assess­ments, and col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly cre­at­ing and imple­ment­ing lit­er­a­cy pro­gram­ming that builds on diag­no­sis with the goal of mov­ing learn­ers for­ward in their lit­er­a­cy growth. This course meets most state’s require­ments that a 6 cred­it practicum be part of an approved grad­u­ate pro­gram.


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