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 Start Date is July 11th

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 & 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 and 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 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 three courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)

Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. (During this course, the proposal will NOT be implemented with students/participants.)
This design provides students with the requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called "Action Research" in their classroom, school, district or other work environment. The design method for the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, with district and school requirements, and the needs of teachers and students.

EDGR 699 (3)

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 thesis instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.

EDGR 696 (3)
Practitioner Inquiry (CAPSTONE)

Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the reflective acts of the candidate as an educator seeking to improve teaching practice. Premised in the self-study research methodological traditions (Samaras, 2011), Practitioner Inquiry provides the opportunity to reflect on teaching practice and generate improvements based on classroom observation. Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the educator and her/his own practices, developing skills of inquiry, observation, reflection, and action in teachers. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research

Any of the above options provide 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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