Reading Education (MA; Certificate)

Master of Arts in Reading Education
Graduate Certificate in Reading Education

Department of Reading Education and Special Education
Reich College of Education

rese.appstate.edu

Woodrow Trathen, Acting Chair and Professor
trathenwr@appstate.edu

David Koppenhaver, Graduate Degree Program Director and Professor
koppenhaverd@appstate.edu

Devery Ward, Graduate Certificate Program Director and Associate Professor
mockdr@appstate.edu

 

The Department of Reading Education and Special Education offers the following graduate programs related to reading education:

  • Master of Arts in Reading Education, General (Major Code: 477*/13.1315), with two concentrations:
    • Adult Literacy (477B)
    • Classroom/Clinical (leads to advanced teaching licensure) (477E)[T]
  • Graduate Certificate in Reading Education (449A/13.1315)

The Master of Arts degree in Reading Education, General has two concentrations: Adult Literacy and Classroom/Clinical. Each concentration provides a well-balanced program of academic and practicum experiences designed to produce graduates capable of providing quality services to the region, state, and nation. The Adult Literacy concentration prepares instructors and administrators to deliver and coordinate literacy services for adults seeking to improve their reading and writing skills. The Classroom/Clinical concentration is intended for classroom teachers and reading specialists. Students with this concentration are prepared to teach all aspects of reading and language arts to K-12 students. Upon completion, graduates are eligible for Master (M) level teaching licensure.

Location of Program: The MA and certificate programs are offered on campus in Boone in the format described in this Bulletin. The programs are also offered off campus in a part-time format, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For information on upcoming off-campus locations, please contact the Office of Distance Education: distance.appstate.edu.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN READING EDUCATION

This certificate does not lead to NC licensure; however, completion of the 12-hour certificate partially fulfills the 18-hour requirement for the add-on Reading Education license for NC and may be used toward the fulfillment of the 39-hour requirement for the MA degree in Reading Education.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in Reading or a related field from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus applications are accepted on a rolling basis; please contact the Office of Distance Education for locations (distance.appstate.edu).

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Reading Education (Code: 449A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 12
 
Required Courses

Students will select four courses for 12 hours from the following:

  • RE 5100: Teaching Beginning Readers and Writers (3)
  • RE 5111: Issues, Trends, and Practices in Reading (3)
  • RE 5130: Teaching the Language Arts (3)
  • RE 5140: Advanced Study of Children's Literature (3)
  • RE 5715: Reading Assessment and Correction (3)
  • RE 5725: Practicum in the Clinical Teaching of Reading (3)
  • RE 5730: Reading and Writing Instruction for Intermediate and Advanced Learners (3)
  • RE 5740: Seminar in Clinical Teaching of Reading (3)
  • RE 6120: Psychological Processes in Reading (3)
  • RE 6568: Language and Linguistics in Reading (3)
  • RE 6575: Technology and Literacy (3)
  • RE 6700: Historical Trends in Reading Theory and Research (3)
  • RE 6731: Advanced Issues in Literacy and Learning (3)
  • RE 6735: Severe Reading Disability (3)
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PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN READING EDUCATION, GENERAL WITH A CONCENTRATION IN ADULT LITERACY

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE or MAT exam scores.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus applications are accepted on a rolling basis; please contact the Office of Distance Education for locations (distance.appstate.edu).

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Reading Education, General with a Concentration in Adult Literacy (Code: 477B)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36 (THESIS) or 39
 
Required Courses
  • Required Research Course: (choose one)
    • CI/RE/RES/SPE 5040: Teacher as Researcher (3)
    • RES 5000: Research Methods (3)
    • RES 5560: Classroom Assessment (3)
  • Required Practicum Course: (choose one)
    • RE 5725: Practicum in the Clinical Teaching of Reading (3)
    • RE 5735: Practicum in Teaching Severely Disabled Readers (3)
6
Concentration Courses
  • HE 5630: The Adult Learner (3)
  • RE 5100: Teaching Beginning Readers and Writers (3)
  • RE 5710: Seminar in Reading and Language Arts Research (3)
  • RE 5715: Reading Assessment and Correction (3)
  • RE 5730: Reading and Writing Instruction for Intermediate and Advanced Learners (3)
  • RE 5760: Adult Literacy Instruction (3)
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Thesis Option (CHOOSE ONE)

With Thesis (12 s.h.)

  • RE 5999: Thesis (3)
  • 9 s.h. of graduate electives chosen with the graduate advisor's approval, see the Reading Education, Adult Literacy concentration check sheet for a list of suggested electives

OR
Without Thesis (15 s.h.)

  • RE 5525: Product of Learning (3)
  • 12 s.h. of graduate electives chosen with the graduate advisor's approval, see the Reading Education, Adult Literacy concentration check sheet for a list of suggested electives
12-15

Other Requirements for the MA in Reading Education, General (Adult Literacy Concentration):

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: None required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Required
  • Product of Learning: RE 5525 is required unless thesis option is selected.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN READING EDUCATION, GENERAL WITH A CONCENTRATION IN CLASSROOM/CLINICAL+

+Advanced Licensure: Requirements for this concentration were designed, and have been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level (M-level) teacher education programs ONLY for students with A-level license from North Carolina or equivalent. Graduates seeking M-level license must have A-level license at the time of application for M-level license.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE or MAT exam scores.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. In addition, the program faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: GPA of 3.0 cumulative or in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and official GRE scores or official MAT scores. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus applications are accepted on a rolling basis; please contact the Office of Distance Education for locations (distance.appstate.edu).

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Reading Education, General with a Concentration in Classroom/Clinical (Code: 477E)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36 (THESIS) or 39
 
Required Courses
  • Required Research Course: (choose 3 s.h.)
    • CI/RE/RES/SPE 5040: Teacher as Researcher (3)
    • RES 5000: Research Methods (3)
    • RES 5560: Classroom Assessment (3)
    • SPE 5030: Research Informing Practice in Special Education (3)
  • Required Social/Anthropological/Philosophical Foundations Course: (choose 3 s.h.)
    • FDN 5840: Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
    • Equivalent graduate course approved by the advisor* (3)
6
Concentration Courses
  • RE 5100: Teaching Beginning Readers and Writers (3)
  • RE 5130: Teaching the Language Arts (3)
  • RE 5140: Advanced Study of Children's Literature (3)
  • RE 5715: Reading Assessment and Correction (3)
  • RE 5725: Practicum in the Clinical Teaching of Reading (3)
  • RE 5730: Reading and Writing Instruction for Intermediate and Advanced Learners (3)
  • RE 5740: Seminar in Clinical Teaching of Reading (3)
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Thesis Option (CHOOSE ONE)

With Thesis (9 s.h.)

RE 5999: Thesis (3)
6 s.h. of graduate electives chosen with the graduate advisor's approval, see the Reading Education, Classroom/Clinical concentration check sheet for a list of suggested electives
OR
Without Thesis (12 s.h.)

RE 5525: Product of Learning (3)
9 s.h. of graduate electives chosen with the graduate advisor's approval, see the Reading Education, Classroom/Clinical concentration check sheet for a list of suggested electives

9-12

* Courses currently acceptable for "FDN equivalent" courses are RE 5111, RE 5120, RE 5200, RE 5210, RE 6575; choose the appropriate course with approval of the program director.

Other Requirements for the MA in Reading Education, General (Classroom/Clinical Concentration):

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: None required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Required
  • Product of Learning: RE 5525 is required unless the thesis option is selected.

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