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Reading Program


2012-2014 Catalog

Reading Program

Graduate Faculty

Rebecca Ardren, Senior Lecturer
Deborah Harrison, Assistant Professor
Wendy Kropid, Professor

Reading

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a graduate program that leads to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in Reading. The degree program also can lead to DPI (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction ) certification as a Reading Specialist or Reading Teacher. Since the program must meet current DPI standards, program requirements are subject to change.

Master of Science in Education - Reading Program Description

The MSE Reading is designed for certified teachers who wish to pursue graduate work in the field of reading and literacy. The degree is appropriate for both elementary and secondary teachers and can lead to certification in reading at the early childhood through adolescent level. The elective courses should be selected by the student and the program advisor to satisfy the professional interests and certification needs of the student. Transfer credits are subject to the program advisor's approval. A Program Plan must be written and submitted prior to the end of the first semester in the program.

Reading Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and research-based foundations of reading/writing processes and instruction.
  2. Demonstrate the use of instructional methods, resources, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
  3. Demonstrate the use of various assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to create and engage students in literacy practices that expand awareness, understanding, respect, and an appreciation of diversity in our society.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to create a literate environment that promotes reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of professional learning and leadership as career-long efforts and responsibilities for themselves and facilitate this understanding for other educators.

Master of Science in Education - Reading Requirements

30 total credits

The 30 semester credits must be graduate level courses. At least 15 of the 30 credits must be in 700-level courses. The program requires successful completion of two capstones:

  1. a portfolio of the student's competencies (ENGED 751), and
  2. a thesis, researched and written on a topic of interest related to literacy learning (ENGED 752).

Category 1: Foundations Required Course (3 credits required):

T ED 607 The Middle School and its Students -- 3 credits
T ED 734 Current Developments in Student Learning and Their Applications -- 3 credits
T ED 741 Using Educational Assessment to Inform Practice -- 3 credits
T ED 744 Trends in Curricular and Instructional Practices -- 3 credits

Category 2: Literature Required Courses (3 credits required):

ENGED 606 Advanced Children's Literature -- 3 credits
ENGED 628 Middle Level Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 510 Young Adult Literature -- 3 credits

Category 3: Reading Required courses (18 credits required):

ENGED 663 Literacy Pre K-3 -- 3 credits
ENGED 664 Literacy Grades 4-12 -- 3 credits
ENGED 665 Advanced Content Area Literacy -- 3 credits
ENGED 701 Intro. to Reading Difficulties -- 3 credits
ENGED 702 Reading Difficulties Practicum -- 3 credits
ENGED 705 The K-12 Literacy Program -- 3 credits

Category 4: Research Required courses (6 credits required):

T ED750 Research Foundations of Education -- 3 credits
ENGED 752 Educational Research Project -- 3 credits

Category 5: Capstone (0 credits additional required):

ENGED 751 Portfolio -- 0 additional credits
ENGED 752 Educational Research Project (Thesis) -- 0 additional credits

Certification Programs in Reading

UW-Superior offers courses approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for certification as a Reading Teacher (316 license) or a Reading Specialist (017 license).

Reading Teacher (316 License) Requirements

Reading Teacher (316 License)

Any person who has a specific assignment to teach reading must hold a Reading Teacher license.

Requirements:

  1. Eligibility to hold a Wisconsin teaching license or completion of an approved teacher education program.
  2. Two years of successful classroom teaching experience.
  3. A minimum of 18 semester credits with at least 12 of these credits taken at the graduate level.

18 total credits

Category 1: Literature Required Courses (3 credits required):

ENGED 606 Advanced Children's Literature -- 3 credits
ENGED 628 Middle Level Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 510 Young Adult Literature -- 3 credits

Category 2: Reading Required courses (15 credits required):

ENGED 663 Literacy Pre K-3 -- 3 credits
ENGED 664 Literacy Grades 4-12 -- 3 credits
ENGED 665 Advanced Content Area Literacy -- 3 credits
ENGED 701 Intro. to Reading Difficulties Practicum -- 3 credits
ENGED 702 Reading Difficulties Practicum -- 3 credits

Reading Specialist (017 License) Requirements

Reading Specialist (017 License)

Any person who directs early childhood through adolescent reading programs or who works with reading teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and others as a resource teacher in reading must hold a reading specialist license.

Requirements:

  1. A Master's Degree in Reading, or a Master's Degree in a related field with 15 additional graduate credits taken at UW-Superior.
  2. Eligibility to hold a Wisconsin Reading Teacher's (316) license, including completion of all coursework required for a Reading Teaching (316) license.

30 total credits

Category 1: Instructional Techniques Required Course (3 credits required):

T ED 607 The Middle School and its Students -- 3 credits
T ED 734 Current Developments in Student Learning and Their Applications -- 3 credits
T ED 741 Using Educational Assessment to Inform Practice -- 3 credits
T ED 744 Trends in Curricular and Instructional Practices -- 3 credits

Category 2: Literature Required Course (3 credits required): 

ENGED 606 Advanced Children's Literature -- 3 credits
ENGED 628 Middle Level Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 510 Young Adult Literature -- 3 credits

Category 3: Reading Required Courses (15 credits required):

ENGED 663 Literacy Pre K-3 -- 3 credits
ENGED 664 Literacy Grades 4-12 -- 3 credits
ENGED 665 Advanced Content Area Literacy -- 3 credits
ENGED 701 Intro. to Reading Difficulties -- 3 credits
ENGED 702 Reading Difficulties Practicum -- 3 credits
Category 3: Additional Required Courses (9 credits required):
ENGED 705 The K-12 Literacy Program -- 3 credits
T ED 750 Research Foundations of Education -- 3 credits
ENGED 752 Educational Research Project -- 3 credits

Category 4: Capstone Required Courses (0 additional credits required):

ENGED 751 Portfolio -- 0 additional credits
ENGED 752 Educational Research Project (Thesis) -- 0 additional credits

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