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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist

What’s a reading interventionist? By definition, it’s a teacher who works extensively with struggling readers. In our eyes, it’s an educator who has the power to help students explore new and exciting worlds, meet historical figures, solve gripping mysteries, and cultivate their passions — all by enabling them to flip through pages with confidence. Be that memorable teacher with an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist from Concordia.

Aligned with the International Dyslexia Association standards and the International Literacy Association Standards for Reading Professionals, this online program will strengthen and polish your 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 should you choose to develop reading excellence in students.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework — paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom — makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits — from higher pay to promotions — are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

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MODALITIES
Online
Program Length 13 Months
Credits 33 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
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100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your MEd in about one year, one class at a time, with built-in breaks
Updated curriculum
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Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
87% of our online MEd grads report positive career benefits as a result of their degree
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall academic program experience

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist Program Goals

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

Expertise in the Reading Process

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

Effective Instructional Skills

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

A Better Understanding of Literacy

A Better Understanding of Literacy Curriculum

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

Enhanced Literacy Teaching Skills

Enhanced Literacy Teaching Skills

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

Differentiation

Differentiation

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

The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist is a 33 credit-hour, 13-month program

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading Interventionist
15 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. 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.

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Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

ON-CAMPUS/HYBRID OPTIONS

In addition to fully online, Concordia offers several Master of Education programs in an on-campus or hybrid format. See the options here.

Is the Master of Education in Reading Interventionist concentration right for me?

Consider choosing this path if:

  • You love learning about new trends in young adult and children’s literature
  • You’re interested in discussing current issues in literacy with like-minded peers
  • You’d like to ultimately reorganize and manage your school’s literacy program

Still unsure? We know we offer a lot of programs! Let’s talk more about your professional and personal goals.

Child Learning
If you’re thinking about a university where teachers care and are progressive, Concordia University-Portland is the place to be. They are cutting edge on all education technologies.
CASMORE SHAW, MEd in Curriculum &amp Instruction:
Reading Interventionist '18

Course Spotlight

EDRD 551: 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.

MORE ON THE TOPIC OF READING INTERVENTION

What makes this program so relevant today

  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that 50% of U.S. adults can’t read a book written at an eighth-grade level.
  • An estimated 32 million adults in the United States don’t know how to read at all.
  • Two-thirds of students who can’t read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
  • More than 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a fourth-grade level.
  • One in four children in America grow up without learning how to read.
  • Students who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school.
  • Almost 85% of juveniles who face trial are functionally illiterate, proving there is a correlation between illiteracy and crime.
  • More than 60% of all inmates are functionally illiterate.

Sources: The Washington Post, The Literacy Foundation, DoSomething.Org

A number of different reading and writing disorders can affect students when they’re learning to read, making it difficult for them to comprehend. These disorders include:

Dyslexia: According to the International Dyslexia Association, “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

  • Specific Comprehension Deficit: This deals with reading comprehension. Students who struggle with comprehension have trouble understanding the meaning of the words they read. This affects homework, testing, exams, and more across all subjects.
  • Dysgraphia: This term is used to describe problems with transcription—it can occur alone, but often shows up in students with dyslexia. It’s a disability that affects writing, and shows up in poor handwriting and putting thoughts on paper.
  • Dysorthography: This disorder accompanies dyslexia. Students with dysothography struggle with remembering how to reproduce patterns in spelling words and can affect both reading and writing.

Sources: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity; LearningRX; LdOnline; The International Dyslexia Association.

Pay attention to some of these signs to identify students who may need extra help with reading:

  • Reluctant to complete reading tasks
  • Limited attention span in class
  • Limited vocabulary
  • Reads everything at the same slow pace, or they read too quickly to get it done
  • Gives up reading when words are too difficult or they’re uninterested
  • Does not ask relevant questions to lesson material
  • Expresses negative feelings toward reading
  • Avoids reading at all costs
  • Needs guidance for reading tasks
  • Repeated poor performance on quizzes and exams
  • Ignores punctuation when reading
  • Reads words in the wrong order
  • Substitutes similar-looking words for others
  • Has trouble sounding out unfamiliar words

Sources: Nine Mile Falls School District, All About Learning Press

In our Reading Interventionist concentration, you’ll learn a number of strategies to not only recognize struggling readers in your school, but how to help them. You’ll learn:

  • Formal and informal assessment tools for individual learners and groups of students
  • Ways to build on foundational skills in comprehension and engagement using various genres of young adult and children’s literature
  • How to integrate a standard-based literacy program in your school
  • Literacy acquisition and the construction of meaning (and practical applications and instructional practices for both)
  • The most up-to-date research in the field of literacy that could affect your students
  • How to differentiate literacy instruction based on student learning needs using engaging, explicit and multi-sensory instruction. (This is the approach that is expected for all students, particularly to help those with dyslexia.)

CAREER OUTCOMES

See where an Master's in education focused on reading interventionism could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

Potential careers include:

  • 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)

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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