M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading

 

The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading will strengthen and polish instructional skills for the teaching of reading in the general education classroom. This master’s degree is also a compelling choice for candidates who choose to develop reading excellence in students, no matter their grade level.

The Next Cohort Start Date is November 9th

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia Portland’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading concentration will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.
 

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in the Reading program must complete:

  • Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
  • Foundation courses for the specific concentration

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading
18 credits
EDRD 551 (3)
Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading
This course discusses the reading process and the factors that influence its development, the role of assessment to inform and adapt literacy instruction, the evaluation and use of formal and informal assessment tools for individual learners and groups of students, and the interpretation and communication of assessment results.
EDRD 552 (3)
Young Adult and Children's Literature (PRE K-12)
The student will have an overview of the authors, titles, and genres of Pre-K through Grade 12 literature. The student will be able to match children and books for success, critique and assess literature, build an adequate and diversified collection of books and determine appropriate readability levels of books, and be aware of the current issues and trends in adolescent and children's literature.
EDRD 553 (3)
Advanced Techniques for the Teaching of Reading
This course explores the theoretical and knowledge bases of reading, includes literacy acquisition and the construction of meaning, and then provides practical classroom applications and instructional practices.
EDRD 554 (3)
Current Issues in Literacy
This course discusses current areas of concern being researched and debated in the field of reading and the teaching of reading, studies new techniques and procedures for reading instruction, and reviews new mandates for teaching and testing elementary students in the area of reading.
EDRD 555 (3)
Organization/Management of School Reading Programs
This course studies the role of the reading specialist as a curricular leader, a staff developer, and as a reading professional.
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan and conduct their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with one of two courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action Research is the capstone project for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will complete final edits of the Literature Review, obtain appropriate permissions, implement Action Research, collect and analyze data from the Action Research implementation, and complete the Action Research Documentation Form.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.
EDGR 699 (3)
Thesis (CAPSTONE)
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her educational research instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a Thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.

Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

Earning Your Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Master's Degree Online

Using cutting-edge curriculum and easy-to-use online learning tools, Concordia University - Portland’s experienced faculty will provide you with the best in theory and practice to prepare you as an instructional leader. Concordia Portland’s five-week classes can be accessed via the Internet at the times and locations most convenient for you. Assignment submission is convenient, submission deadlines are achievable, and all requirements for a course fall within the dates stipulated for the courses.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Schoolwide Reading or Literacy Coach
  • Higher Education Instructor in the Teaching of Reading
  • Reading Consultant (K-12)
  • Advisor to Publishers of Reading Textbooks for K-12 Instruction
  • Professional Development Leader, K-12
  • Reading program Advisor to State Legislatures/Congress
  • Reading Tutor
  • Division or Department Chair (K-12)
  • Supplemental Educational Services Provider (tutoring program offered in schools to increase academic achievement)

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