Secondary Education MEd, Reading Emphasis

The M.Ed. program with emphasis in reading (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 specialist in communication arts and reading areas, consultants in areas of communication arts, and/or for further graduate study. The following program enables the student to earn a M.Ed. with an emphasis in Reading while fulfilling the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s requirements for special reading certification in Missouri. A course in reading in the content area is required for secondary certification. If this has not been taken as an undergraduate, it must be selected as an elective in the program for a Masters in Secondary Education with a Reading Emphasis. The minimum required and recommended courses are as follows:

Required Core requirements
Students are required to complete the following courses within the first 15 hours of study:
TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education3
TCH ED 6020Teacher Action, Advocacy and Leadership3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning and Assessment3
Required Research Course - Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement3
Select one of the following:
Classroom Measurement and Evaluation
ED REM 6709
Academic Assessment and Intervention
Reading Concentration
ELE ED 6684Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading3
ELE ED 6686Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities3
SEC ED 63873
SEC ED 64933
SEC ED 64943
And at least one course from the literacy-related elective list or from the certification-related elective list below:3
Literacy Related Electives include:
Children's Literature I: Survey and Analysis
ELE ED 6688
Gateway Writing Project
Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas
One course needed to complete certification 1
Certification Related Electives include:
Counseling Individuals with Special Needs
Development of School-Age Students
The Psychology of Adolescence
Classroom Measurement and Evaluation
ED REM 6709
Language and Communication of Children with Special Needs
Capstone Course
SEC ED 64823
Total Hours33

Note: 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.