MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist

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

Concordia’s Reading Interventionist concentration is aligned with the International Dyslexia Association standards and has been approved by TSPC. In alignment with the Oregon Department of Education, the program includes the following teacher training related to Dyslexia:

(A) Understanding and recognizing dyslexia;
(B) Using evidence-based practices to systematically and explicitly teach the foundational skills in reading; and
(C) Intensifying instruction to meet the needs of students with severe reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

This M.Ed. program’s five-week classes can be accessed online at a time and location that is most convenient for you. As a student, you will find submitting assignments is convenient, submission deadlines are appropriate, and all course requirements for completion fall within the dates stipulated.

The Next Start Date is July 17th

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist online program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • Expertise in 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
  • Effective instructional skills in the theoretical and knowledge bases of reading, including literacy acquisition, and the construction of meaning. Candidates will provide practical classroom applications and instructional practices in order to create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.
  • An understanding of literacy curriculum and engagement in instructional practices that positively impact students' knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity as well as implement strategies to advocate for equity
  • The ability to assume a new role as a scholarly, principled instructional leader who integrates the district's vision through a standards-based literacy program
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results in the area of reading
 

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in the Reading Interventionist program must complete:

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

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum

This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.

EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought
Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading Interventionist
15 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)
Fostering Engagement and Reading for Meaning through Young Adult and Children's Literature

Reading professionals will build on foundational skills in instruction of comprehension and engagement, utilizing various genres of young adult and children's literature Pre-K through Grade 12. Current issues and trends in young adult and children's literature will also be examined.

EDRD 553 (3)
Advanced Techniques for the Teaching of Reading

This course explores the theoretical and knowledge bases of reading, including literacy acquisition and the construction of meaning, and provides practical classroom applications and instructional practices.

EDRD 554 (3)
Current Issues in Literacy

This course discusses current areas of concern and best practices in instruction being researched in the field of literacy. Students will collaborate with their peers, sharing information on special issues and reading researchers.

EDRD 555 (3)
Organization and Management of Reading Programs

The course is designed to increase understanding of the organization and management of school literacy program development, the roles and responsibilities of the literacy coach, and program evaluation and improvement. The course will explore the major components of a school-wide literacy program, and ask candidates to step outside of the classroom and assume a new role as a scholarly, principled instructional leader who integrates the district's vision through a standard-based literacy program.

Research Courses
3 credits
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 additional research courses:

The Master of Education culminates with one of three additional research courses
3 credits
EDGR 696 (3)
Practitioner Inquiry

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

EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research

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)
Thesis

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.

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 Interventionist 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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