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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist
(Oregon and Washington only)

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 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. It’s also a compelling concentration choice should you want to develop reading excellence in students.

For Oregon and Washington residents, this concentration offers candidates who already possess a teaching license the opportunity to complete a practicum and earn their reading endorsement in Oregon or Washington along with their MEd in Curriculum & Instruction.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by experienced practitioners, all of Concordia’s MEd programs reflect the passion and commitment to excellence that has marked our 110-year history. Clearly defined coursework—paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn at Concordia in your own 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 a lasting impact on the lives of your students.

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Fall 2019
Program Length 14-36 Months
Credits 35 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $3,000
One year
Earn your MEd on a schedule that fits your life.
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
91% of MEd students say that Concordia's Portland campus experience is having a significant impact on their professional development.
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network
97% of MEd students say they are satisfied with their academic program experience.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia University MEd programs, successful candidates in the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist program will demonstrate skills in:
Advanced Assessment Skills

Advanced Assessment Skills

Understand and apply the current research for advanced teaching and assessment techniques as well as curriculum development in the field of health and physical education

Diversity Skills

Diversity Skills

Strategies for providing a supportive classroom culture for the diverse learning community

Instructional Development

Instructional Development

Using the knowledge from current research and community partnerships, as well as best practices in the field, the candidate will assess their PreK–12 students' health and physical education needs and motivations

Program Implementation Skills

Program Implementation Skills

The candidate will utilize data-based knowledge to guide the PreK–12 students in designing and safely implementing fitness, health and wellness program plans



The candidate will create appropriate health and physical education instruction that responds to the varying student motivations along the diverse learning environments


MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist (35 Credit Hours)

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits

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.

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.

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.

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 (campus)
17 credits

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.

Note:  Prior completion of MAT 563 Curriculum and Instruction: Reading and Language Arts is an approved substitute for EDRD 551 if taken within the last five years.


Reading professionals will build on foundational skills in instruction of comprehension and engagement, utilizing various genres of young adult and children’s literature PreK through grade 12. Current issues and trends in young adult and children’s literature will also be examined.

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.

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.

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.

In accordance with the requirements of Concordia University and Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), Reading Interventionist candidates will complete 90 documented hours in a school setting under the guidance of an endorsed Reading Interventionist, who will be known as the mentor. The majority of practicum hours will be spent teaching and observing in a TSPC/Concordia approved school environment, and may also include planning and attending meetings directly related to the placement and reflecting the reading pedagogy explored throughout the reading endorsement coursework. The mentor and candidate will meet on a weekly basis for goal setting and reflection. The candidate will also work with a Concordia University Supervisor who will conference with and observe the candidate with the mentor, either in person or virtually (for distance students) during the course of the practicum. 
Prerequisites: EDRD 551, EDRD 552, EDRD 553, EDRD 554, and EDRD 555 with a B- or higher.


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

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 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.


Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:

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

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.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601.

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.


For Oregon and Washington residents, this program is available on-campus, online and in the hybrid on-campus/online format.

Concordia education students have a way of standing out – even to other educators. Find out what Jennifer McCalley, principal at Faubion School, has to say about what teachers educated at Concordia University bring to the classroom – and why they’re at the top of her hiring list.

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 & Instruction:
Reading Interventionist '18


See where a Master's degree in education focused on reading 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 (PreK–12)
  • Advisor to publishers of reading textbooks for PreK–12 instruction
  • Professional development leader, PreK–12
  • Reading program advisor to state legislatures/Congress
  • Reading tutor
  • Division or department chair (PreK–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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