Open your students’ eyes to whole new worlds.

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 Oregon Department of Education, 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, no matter their grade level.

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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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
Constantly updated curriculum
NWCCU
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Respected
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
10,000-strong alumni
10,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall 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

Modification Abilities

Modification Abilities

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 program

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.

 

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
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.

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
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: EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry, EDGR 698-Action Research, or EDGR 699-Thesis. Any one of these options 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.

SELECT ONE CAPSTONE COURSE:

Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:
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.

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.

Is the MEd 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.

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Child Learning
The thing I liked best about the program was that it was fast… each class lasted five weeks and I could do it at my convenience.
BLAKE ANN ANTIDA, MEd in Curriculum & Instruction:
Early Childhood Education

CAREER OUTCOMES

See where an MEd 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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