MASTER OF EDUCATION IN READING
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading is designed to enable practitioners to gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become Reading Specialists in the state of Oklahoma. The program provides both pedagogy in the teaching of reading and specialized knowledge for working with children who find reading difficult. In addition, the program will prepare reading specialists to review and develop reading curriculum for the schools in which they teach.
The Master of Education in Reading is designed for candidates who have an initial teaching license and want to expand their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in teaching literacy and coaching paraprofessionals and colleagues.
To obtain certification as a K-12 reading specialist in the state of Oklahoma, candidates must meet the requirements of a master’s degree program in reading and must pass the Reading Specialist Oklahoma Subject Area Test. This state licensure exam requires that candidates demonstrate mastery of International Reading Association (IRA) Standards for Reading Professionals.
Students who wish to pursue the M.Ed. should follow these procedures:
Apply and be admitted to graduate studies at Cameron University;
Provide evidence of holding a teaching license or certificate to the graduate advisor. Those who are not currently certified teachers should refer to the Alternative Certification section;
Develop a formal Plan of Graduate Study with the assistance of the graduate advisor;
Have two (2) acceptable recommendation forms submitted on their behalf;
Have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
The program objectives for the Master of Education in Reading program focus on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for reading specialists as outlined in the standards of the IRA.
Current objectives for the M.Ed. program are listed on the Cameron University Transparency webpage.
A minimum of thirty-three (33) semester hours in approved graduate courses is required in the M.Ed. in Reading program.
Requirement Hours: 33
I. REQUIRED COURSES*
EDUC 5100 Education Introductory Seminar
EDUC 5103 Introduction to Graduate Research
EDUC 5603 Methods for Teaching Struggling Readers
EDUC 5623 Theoretical Foundations of Reading
EDUC 5633 Organization and Individualization of School Reading Programs
EDUC 5643 Advanced Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
EDUC 5653 Practicum in Reading I
EDUC 5663 Teaching Reading in Content Area
EDUC 5683 Practicum in Reading II
EDUC 5693 Advanced Child and Adolescent Literature
EDUC 5723 Language and Literacy Development
EDUC 5773 Phonics, Word Study, and Linguistics
*Possible Prerequisite: EDUC 5873 Foundations in Literacy
Each student must complete an electronic portfolio. The portfolio will be evaluated at the department level at the mid-point (21 hours) of the program and again at program completion.
The Master of Education degree will be awarded when the student has met all of the following requirements within six years:
- Completion of a minimum of 33 graduate hours listed on the Plan of Graduate Study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above;
- Satisfactory score on all recommendations and dispositional assessments;
- Passing scores on mid- and final-program portfolio checks;
- Successful completion of the Analysis of Growth paper;
- No more than two (2) C’s on the Plan of Graduate Study;
- Completion of the “Application for Graduate Degree” form;
- Payment of the graduation fee; and
- Completion of the online exit interview.