Reading Education MEd

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MED
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://www.education.ucf.edu/readinged

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Education in Reading Education program prepares teachers for certification as reading specialists (e.g., reading coach, reading expert, reading resource teacher, reading/language arts supervisor) in grades K-12 in public schools and private reading clinics.

This graduate program partners with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, see Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows for more information about attending graduate school at UCF.

CURRICULUM

The Master of Education in Reading Education program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 9 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of specialization courses, and 6 credit hours of a practicum. Students who do not currently hold a Florida ESOL Endorsement must select the specified Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages course, TSL 5085, as a corequisite. All students must pass a final comprehensive exam, complete a portfolio according to program guidelines, and pass the Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisites

The following courses meet state certification requirements or as support for the degree program.

  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours) or RED 3012 Basic Foundations of Reading (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5517 Classroom Diagnosis and Development of Reading Proficiencies (3 credit hours) or RED 4519 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading Strategies (3 credit hours)

Corequisite

Students who are not ESOL Endorsed must complete the following course:
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Core—9 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6432 Measurement and Evaluation in Education (3 credit hours)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • LAE 5415 Children's Literature in Elementary Education (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 5465 Literature for Adolescents (3 credit hours)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • LAE 5319 Methods of Elementary School Language Arts (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 5346 Methods of Teaching English Language Arts (3 credit hours)

Specialization—15 Credit Hours

  • RED 6116 Advanced Study in Foundations of Reading (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6336 Reading in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6337 Reading in the Secondary School (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6746 Management of Reading Programs (3 credit hours)
  • RED 6845 Advanced Evaluation and Instruction in Reading (3 credit hours)

Practicum—6 Credit Hours

The MEd program requires a practicum experience. Practica are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program.

  • RED 6846 Reading Practicum (Prerequisite: RED 6845 or Consent of Instructor) (6 credit hours)

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • All students must complete a comprehensive examination.
  • Complete a portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Pass Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination. 
 

Independent Learning

The MEd program also requires a practicum experience. Practica are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Possess or be fully eligible for a professional teaching certificate in one or more other teacher certification specializations in Florida.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Application Deadlines

Reading Education MEd *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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