Master of Arts (M.A.) in Reading and Literacy K-12 (EDU)
Minimum Totals for Graduation: 33 - 36 hours
The Master of Arts in Reading and Literacy K-12 has been de- veloped based on teacher preparation standards written by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and adopted by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition, the course work contains components to meet the standards approved by the Michigan State Board of Education for the Reading Specialist (BR) Endorsement (July 20, 2000). Any certified teacher meeting the requirements for entry into gradu- ate studies at Central Michigan University is eligible to enter the program.
The Master of Arts in Reading and Literacy K-12 provides stu- dents with knowledge and skills in reading and writing programs K-
The major objectives of the program will enable students to:
organize and implement school literacy programs
diagnose and treat difficulties in literacy
implement appropriate reading and writing instruction.
develop interdisciplinary and integrated units involving literacy.
conduct research about current issues of literacy.
develop technological and viewing skills related to literacy programs.
Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards
In addition to the university’s general admission requirements, the student must have a valid K-12 teaching certificate or equiva- lent. Regular admission into the program requires an undergradu- ate grade point average of at least 2.70 (on a four point scale). Students with a GPA below 2.70 will not be considered for admis- sion to the program.
A maximum of 9 hours taken before signing the master’s program may be counted toward the program. Students must earn a B- or better in each graded course.
Program Requirements Residence Requirement for Plans A and B:
Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit in graduate courses taken at the Mount Pleasant campus or from Teacher Education Professional Development tenure and tenure/track faculty in course work offered by Off- Campus Programs.
Required Courses - Reading and Literacy Concentration (18 hours) EDU 630 - Organization and Implementation of School Literacy
Programs 3(3-0) EDU 632 - Practicum in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Difficulties
in Literacy 6(Spec) EDU 636 - Classroom Reading and Writing Instruction 3(3-0) EDU 641 - Interdisciplinary Processes and Strategies for Teaching
Literacy 3(3-0) EDU 730 - Seminar: Issues in Literacy 3(3-0)
Core Courses Select one of the following plans:
Plan A - Required Core (15 hours) EDU 613/MLE 613 - Current Educational Issues 3(3-0) EDU 660 - Methods of Educational Research 3(3-0) EDU 698 - Thesis 1-6(Spec) EDU 755 - Advanced Research Design and Interpretation 3(3-0)
Plan B (18 hours)
Required Core (15 hours) EDU 590/SPE 510 - Advanced Technology in Education 3(2-3) EDU 613/MLE 613 - Current Educational Issues 3(3-0) EDU 614 - Advanced Educational Psychology 3(3-0) EDU 662 - Applied Educational Measurement and Evaluation
3(3-0) EDU 780/MLE 780 - Master of Arts Capstone Seminar 3(3-0)
Electives for Plan B (3 hours) An elective course may be selected from the following:
CDO 530 - Speech and Hearing Problems of School Children
3(3-0) EDU 528 - Emergent Literacy: Theory and Practice 3(3-0) EDU 538 - Coordination of the Language Arts with Reading
3(3-0) EDU 540 - Literacy Education: Theory and Practice 3(3-0) EDU 635 - Problems in Language Arts in the Elementary School
3(3-0) ENG 517 - Reading and the English Classroom 3(3-0) ENG 573 - Linguistics and Reading 3(3-0) ENG 580/LMT 580 - Literature for Young Adults 3(3-0) ENG 581 - The History of Children’s Literature 3(3-0) ENG 582 - Cultural Pluralism in Young Adult and Children’s
Literature 3(3-0) ENG 681 - Seminar in Children’s Literature 3(3-0) COM 569 - Communication in the Classroom 3(3-0) SPE 577 - Introduction to Specific Learning Disability 3(3-0) TAI 585 - Creative Dramatics 3(2-2)
Note: Plan B students must also take a comprehensive four (4) hour examination over the course work in the student’s M.A. program. This exam must be taken early in the term following the completion of EDU 780.
Students will not need to register or pay fees for this exam. The exam may be a taken a maximum of two times. Specific descrip- tions of the program and exam requirements are available in 421 EHS Building or online.
Residence Requirement for Plan A and Plan B: Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit in graduate courses taken at the Mt. Pleasant campus or from Teacher Education Professional Development tenure and ten- ure/track faculty in course work offered by CMU Off Campus Programs.
Total: 33-36 semester hours
Note: Plan A requires a total of 33 hours. Plan B requires a total of 36 hours.