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MSR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Participants in the Master of Science in Reading (MSR) program may earn Reading Specialist Certification, which provides a K-12 teaching certificate. The requirements for this certification are successful completion of the first six courses listed for the MSR, participation in 100 hours of supervised internship experience*, and passing the Praxis II test (Subject Assessment test) which measures a student’s content knowledge.  The Specialty Area Test is for the Reading Specialist (0300).

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

REQUIRED COURSES

Course # Course Title
EDU 601.21

Theoretical Foundations of Reading Instruction*

EDU 605.21 Reading in the Content Area*
EDU 607.21 Literature & Literacy*
EDU 609.21 Planning & Organizing Reading Programs*
EDU 603.21 Reading & Language Disabilities*
EDU 610.21 Practicum: Remedial, Corrective, & Development Reading*
EDU 611.21 Integrating Language Arts Across the Curriculum
EDU 615.21 Adult Reading
EDU 725.21 Thesis Seminar (Thesis Proposal)
EDU 726.21/22 Thesis Seminar (Thesis Project), or
EDU 726.23  Thesis Seminar (Reading Comprehensive Examination Preparation)

   * Required for those seeking Reading Specialist Certification

ENTRANCE CRITERIA (ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS)

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

RETENTION CRITERIA

A candidate must:   

  1. Sign for at least two graduate level courses during each academic session to maintain full-time status.
  2. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale to stay in the program.
  3. Abide by The Lincoln University’s policies on sexual harassment, class attendance, and retention policies, which may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Student Services and Admissions.

EXIT CRITERIA

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. Repetition of courses with an ‘F’ grade before applying for graduation.
  4. Completion of all course work within a five-year time frame.
  5. Successful writing and defense of thesis project, or passing the Reading Comprehensive Examination.

Eligibility requirements for Reading Specialist Certification are specified in the Teacher Certification programs section of the Student Handbook.


IMPLEMENTATION DETAILS

Implementation of Exit Criteria

The Review Committee composed of, among others, the Graduate Education Academic Advisor and Director of Graduate Admission and Student Services conducts a thorough review of all applicants’ documents to determine if the admission requirements listed under the respective graduate programs are met.

Implementation of Retention Criteria

Students’ records are evaluated frequently.  Those students whose grades are on the borderline of the minimum cumulative grade point average as stated in the entrance criteria will be informed in writing of their academic status.

Implementation of Exit Criteria

The Graduate Education Academic Advisor and the Chair or Assistant Chair of the Department of Education, and a faculty member from the MSR program make the decision of whether a candidate meets the published exit criteria for Master of Science in Reading.  Their recommendation is then forwarded to the office of the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Behavioral Studies for approval.


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