The Master of Education in Reading Development and Instruction
The Master of Education (Reading Development and Instruction) is a new online program with a strong focus on reading development and instruction. The program is intended for students who want to further develop their professional learning and deepen their understanding of reading development to better support classroom-wide instruction, including the instruction of children who experience reading difficulty. Students might also be interested in the Diploma of Education (Reading Development and Instruction).
Funding: A NL government bursary may be available for students enrolled in the Masters (or Diploma) in Reading Development and Instruction program. Information can be found here. NOTE: You will need to set up an NLESD or CDLI account to access the application form.
Application deadline is September 15, for a January start.
Why the Masters of Education (Reading Development and Instruction)?
The Master of Education (Reading Development and Instruction) is a new online program with a strong focus on reading development and instruction. The program is intended for students who want to further develop their professional learning and deepen their understanding of reading development to better support classroom-wide instruction, including the instruction of children who experience reading difficulty.
Through intensely focused coursework, students will deepen their understanding of reading development, assessment and instruction for diverse learners, and explore areas of specific interest such as advanced studies in reading in a second language. Students will also undertake either a project or thesis focusing on a specific area of inquiry in reading development and instruction.
The program is designed to be completed online, making it accessible across the globe. This program also features a hands-on component where students will work with children and their teachers, in local schools. This structure ensures students are connected to their learning community and children in school settings. During some of the courses, students will also have biweekly interactions with instructors and classmates in real time, using the Online Rooms feature of MUN’s Brightspace technology. In the practicum component of the program, students will submit video recordings of their assessment practice (with an adult volunteer) for review by instructors. Assessments will eventually be used with children in the development of the instructional plans.
Graduates of this program will be well positioned to take up many roles, such as reading-related program specialists in school districts or departments of education, school-based reading specialists, literacy support teachers, literacy coaches, classroom teachers and those who work in private practice as remedial reading tutors. The knowledge gained from this program may also help to strengthen the training of counselors.
Candidates for the Masters of Education (Reading Development and Instruction) are required to meet the criteria for acceptance to a graduate program in the Faculty of Education. Students must have, from a recognized institution, either (i) an undergraduate degree with at least second-class standing, or (ii) an undergraduate degree and an average of at least 70% in the last 90 attempted undergraduate credit hours. Preference will be given to applicants with completed courses related to assessment and the remedial instruction of struggling readers, as well as those with a minimum of two years of teaching experience.
All courses for this program will be offered fully online. The four core reading courses will also include biweekly face-to-face online meetings, using the “Online Rooms” feature in the D2L platform.
Candidates for the degree are required to complete the following five courses:
1. Education 6470 - Word and sentence level reading development and instruction
This course examines the underpinnings of word identification, including phonological awareness, working memory, orthographic knowledge, and fluency. It will also examine the role of grammatical knowledge and syntactic awareness in sentence-level reading processes. Instruction and assessment of word-level and sentence-level processes are also key areas of focus.
2. Education 6471 - Text-level reading development and instruction (Prerequisite: Education 6470)
This course examines the underpinnings of text including reading motivation, vocabulary development, and strategies for studying and comprehending text. The cognitive processes underlying reading comprehension will also be of particular interest. Instruction and assessment of text-level processes are also key areas of focus.
3. Education 6472 - Issues and interventions in reading development and instruction for diverse learners (Prerequisites: Education 6470, Education 6471)
This course examines the nature of reading development and instruction for diverse learner populations. Key areas of focus include the nature of second language reading as well as reading difficulties affecting word identification and reading comprehension. Special attention will be paid to assessment issues, principles and practices, including implementing assessments, interpreting results and planning appropriate evidence-based interventions.
4. Education 6473 - Praxis for reading specialists (Prerequisites: Education 6470, Education 6471, Education 6472)
This course extends the focus on assessment and instructional planning in prior coursework and also addresses issues in literacy leadership. Students will gain further experience in conducting reading assessments of school-age students and developing instructional plans to support student learning in small-group and whole-class settings. Issues in supporting classroom-based educators' practice will also be explored.
5. Education 6100: Research designs and methods in education
An introductory course in research designs and methods. It is intended to cover the broad spectrum of research methods found in published research in education. This course has two main goals: to help students make sense of the research they can be expected to encounter in their graduate program and their professional practice, and to provide the basis for more intensive study in particular research methods required in the conduct of their own research.
Students on the project route will also complete the following courses:
1. Nine credit hours to be taken from graduate course offerings in the area of Language and Literacy Studies (ED6106/6108/6641/6643/6645/6647/6649/6693 , or other courses approved by the graduate office.
2. Education 6192: Project in Reading Development and Instruction. This project shall be reading-focused, developed in consultation with the project supervisor. (6 credit hours)
Students on the thesis route will also complete the following:
1. One of the following research course as appropriate to the thesis methodology, chosen in consultation with the thesis supervisor:
· Qualitative Research Methods 6466
· Quantitative Research Methods 6467
· Critical Approaches to Educational Research 6468
· Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Action Research 6469
· Narrative Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Research 6909
2. The thesis shall be focused on an area of inquiry related to reading development and instruction and developed in consultation with the thesis supervisor.
All courses completed must satisfy the requirements for the Master of Education (Reading Development and Instruction).
Students are required to apply online to have information formally assessed. Applications and official supporting documents are due to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadlines. Complete detailed application packages are expected by the deadline date. Applications may be submitted online by following the process outlined at School of Graduate Studies-Application Package.
*Application deadline is September 15, 2021 for a January 2022 start.
General Program Information for Graduate Students
· General Information and Regulations Governing All Graduate Students
· Master of Education Degree Regulations
· Professional Programs- Graduate School
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