Reading Program

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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.

Graduate Faculty Top of Page

Rebecca Ardren, Senior Lecturer
Wendy Kropid, Professor

Master of Science in Education - Reading Program Description Top of Page

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.

Master of Science in Education - Reading Requirements Top of Page

No admission to Program after May 27, 2014.  Program suspended.  Current students in good standing have until August 27, 2017, to complete program.

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):

The Middle School and Its Students -- 3.00 credits
Current Developments in Student Learning and Their Applications -- 3.00 credits
Using Educational Assessment to Inform Practice -- 3.00 credits
Trends in Curricular and Instructional Practices -- 3.00 credits

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

Advanced Children's Literature -- 3.00 credits
Middle Level Literature -- 3.00 credits
Young Adult Literature -- 3.00 credits

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

Advanced Study of Literacy Pre K-3 -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Literacy Grades 4-12 -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Content Area Literacy -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Reading Difficulties -- 3.00 credits
Reading Difficulties Practicum -- 3.00 credits
The K-12 Literacy Program -- 3.00 credits

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

Research Foundations of Education -- 3.00 credits
Educational Research Project -- 3.00 credits

Category 5: Capstone (0 credits additional required):

MSE-Reading Portfolio -- 0.00 credits
Educational Research Project -- 3.00 credits

Reading Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  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.

Certification Programs in Reading Top of Page

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).