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.
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CURRICULUMThe Master of Education in Reading Education program requires a minimum of 36 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. In addition students choose among a thesis option, a research report option, and a restricted electives option. Students who do not currently hold a Florida ESOL Endorsement must select the restricted electives option and select the specified Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages courses. 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:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
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)
- LAE 3414 Literature for Children (3 credit hours) OR
- LAE 5415 Children’s
Literature in Elementary Education (3 credit hours) OR
- LAE 4464 Survey
of Adolescent Literature (3 credit hours)
- LAE 4314 Language Arts in the
Elementary School (3 credit hours) OR
- LAE 4342 Teaching Language and
Composition (3 credit hours)
Required Courses—24 Credit
Core—9 Credit Hours
- EDF 6432 Measurement and
Evaluation in Education (3 credit hours)
- EDF 6481 Fundamentals of
Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
- EDF 6886 Multicultural
Education (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
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
Students who do not
currently hold a Florida ESOL Endorsement must select Teaching English to
Speakers of Other Languages rather than choosing an option.
- EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data (3 credit hours)
- RED 6971 Thesis (3
credit hours; taken 2 credit hours in one term and 1 credit hour in another
Research Report Option—6 Credit Hours
do not currently hold a Florida ESOL Endorsement must select Teaching English to
Speakers of Other Languages rather than choosing an option.
- EDF 6155 Lifespan Human Development and Learning (3 credit hours)
- RED 6909 Research Report (3 credit hours; taken 2 credit hours in one term and 1 credit
hour in another term)
Restricted Electives Option—6 Credit
Students who are not ESOL Endorsed must select the following TSL
- TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12
Classrooms (3 credit hours)
- TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL (3
Students who are ESOL Endorsed may take other
program-related courses as electives with adviser approval.
- All students must complete a comprehensive
- Complete a portfolio according to program guidelines. This
portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and
proficiency in the 12 Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam of the Florida Teacher Certification
Independent LearningThe 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.
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.
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*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.
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 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.