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  Feb 25, 2018
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Reading Concentration M.Ed. with the option of an additional endorsement as a Reading Specialist

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Reading Concentration Information

The goal of the Reading concentration is to prepare classroom teachers to be more effective teachers of reading and language arts. Courses in reading methodology and diagnosis, as well as clinical experiences, provide the framework that allows the graduate student to develop competence as a reading teacher and reading specialist.

The program rests on an eclectic theoretical base, and presents a balanced and comprehensive view of literacy development, instruction, and assessment.  The program is research-based and in line with state standards.

Reading/English Language Arts Specialist Endorsement

This state-approved program gives Saint Michael’s College the authority to endorse students in reading who already have an initial teaching license. In consultation with an advisor, the student selects six courses (eighteen credits) in the areas of reading foundations and methods, children’s literature, reading assessment, and language arts. When this coursework is successfully completed with a “B” or better, and the student has already applied for candidacy, the student is eligible to take GED 688D Reading Practicum (3 credits).  Additionally, students must be able to document 3 years of teaching experience and provide evidence of passing Praxis II-Reading Specialist prior to registering.  Students not pursuing the endorsement may substitute another literacy course for the Practicum.

Reading Foundations and Methods

Students must take GED 606 and another three credits from among these choices:

Reading Assessment

Students must take at least 3 credits in reading assessment.

Children's Literature

Students must select at least 3 credits from among these choices.

Literacy Electives

Students must take 6 additional credits in reading/literacy courses.  These electives may come from any of the above mentioned categories, or from those listed below.


The practicum is required for all students pursuing Reading Specialist endorsement.  Students may only register for the practicum after completing 3 years of teaching experience and successfully completing the 18 required credits in reading/literacy with a “B” or better.  Students not taking the practicum must register for an additional course in reading/ literacy and they will not be eligible for the Reading/English Language Arts Specialist Endorsement.

Students must successfully pass the Reading Specialist Praxis before registering for the Reading Specialist Practicum.   Additionally, to ensure a spot in the practicum, students must notify their advisor of their intentions to register for the practicum by October 31st for a spring practicum, and February 28th for a fall practicum. 

General Electives

Students must take 9 additional credits in general electives (i.e., any course from the Graduate Education Catalogue) or, if desired, additional literary electives.  Students are strongly encouraged to take GED 634: Consultation and Collaboration in Schools or GED 510: Becoming A Literacy Leader: Tools and Strategies for Success.  These courses can count as either General Electives or Literacy Electives.

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