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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Reading (MSR) program is designed to prepare students to serve as literacy leaders in K-12 school settings. They will learn how to develop and apply content knowledge in language/reading acquisition and development which will promote student achievement in reading. Program content focuses on administering diagnostic assessments that identify student strengths and areas of need, implementing effective instructional literacy strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners, and establishing communication and collaboration techniques that promote positive interaction with school system stakeholders.

MSR Required Courses (30 credits)

EDU 601 Theoretical Foundations of Reading Instruction
EDU 607 Literature & Literacy
EDU 616 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity: Instructional Strategies
EDU 622 Inclusion of Special Needs Students in the Regular Classroom
EDU 609 Planning & Organizing Reading Programs
EDU 603 Reading & Language Disabilities
EDU 610 Practicum: Remedial, Corrective, & Development Reading
EDU 642 Supervision and Instruction in K-12 Schools
EDU 661 Research Methods in Education
EDU 727 Reading Comprehensive Examination Prep

Note: All of the above courses except EDU 727 are required for those candidates seeking Reading Specialist Certification

Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Reading (MSR) Program

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work
3. Completed Graduate Program application with $50.00 non-refundable application fee
4. Updated resume/CV
5. Three (3) letters of recommendation
6. A 300-500 word essay discussing a contemporary literacy issue or initiative - the issue/initiative must be precisely described and pros and cons should be discussed. Candidate’s professional opinion should be included in the final paragraph.

Exit Requirements for the Master of Science in Reading (MSR) Program

Eligibility for Master of Science in Reading is based on:

1. Successful completion of all required courses
2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
3. Completion of all course work within a five-year time frame.
4. Successfully pass the Reading Comprehensive Examination



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