Elementary Education MEd, Reading Emphasis

The M.Ed. program with emphasis in Reading (K-12 literacy) is designed to enable candidates to further their competencies as teachers of reading, writing and other communication arts. The program also prepares them for positions as literacy coaches, reading specialists, curriculum specialists, consultants in areas of communication arts, and/or for further graduate study. This program may lead to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements for Special Reading K-12 certification in Missouri.

To be recommended for Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Special Reading Certification K-12, teachers must have a valid Missouri teacher’s certificate, two years of approved classroom teaching experience as determined by DESE, successful completion of any required DESE assessments, and the following:

  • A course(s) in child and adolescent psychology (3-6 hours)
  • A course in psychology/education of exceptional child (3 hours)
  • A course in reading in the content area (3 hours)
  • A course in language acquisition or development specifically targeting children with special needs (3 hours)
  • A course in behavior intervention strategies (3 hours)
  • A course in counseling techniques (3 hours)

These certification requirements may be in addition to the courses listed in the program of study above. Students should consult their graduate advisor for information about these courses.

Required Core
Candidates are required to complete the following courses within the first 15 hours of study:
TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning, and Assessment3
Required Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement Course
ED REM 6716Academic Assessment and Intervention3
Required Capstone Course
The capstone course is completed at the end of the program.
ELE ED 6482Problems and Research in Teaching Elementary School3
Total Hours12

Emphasis Area Requirements

In addition to the required courses above (12 hours), candidates seeking an emphasis in Reading are required to complete the following coursework (18 hours) for a program total of 30 hours.

ELE ED 6387Literacy Acquisition and Learning for Diverse Students3
ELE ED 6684Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading3
ELE ED 6686Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities3
ELE ED 6493Reading Specialist Practicum I3
ELE ED 6494Reading Specialist Practicum II3
Literacy Related Elective3
Total Hours18

Total: 30 hours

To be recommended for Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education special reading certification, teachers must have a valid Missouri teacher’s certificate and two years of classroom teaching experience, and they must have had the following at either the undergraduate or graduate level: two additional courses in reading; language acquisition or development; classroom management techniques; counseling techniques (to include exceptional children and their families: child AND adolescent psychology; and testing, evaluation, and achievement. These certification requirements might be in addition to the courses listed in the program of study above. See your graduate advisor for information about these courses. M. Ed. Students needing any of the above can elect to take these courses at the graduate level where available and apply them to their concentration area.

Certification Related Electives

CNS ED 3220Counseling Individuals with Special Needs3
ED PSY 6225The Psychology of Adolescence3
ED REM 6707Classroom Measurement and Evaluation3

*Only one 4000 level course can be applied to the M.Ed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Continually and systematically reflect on professional growth to enhance student learning.
  • Integrate technology to create meaningful student learning within the context of a global digital society.
  • Apply advanced content and pedagogical knowledge to create authentic and deep learning experiences.
  • Extend learning science principles to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum based on learning standards.
  • Create and foster effective working relationships with students, school colleagues, families, and community members to enhance student learning and well-being.
  • Design and establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that nurtures the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
  • Utilize equitable frameworks and inclusive practices to expertly create a variety of instructional and assessment opportunities adapted to diverse learners to encourage all students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.