Master of Science in Reading
The Master of Science in Reading consists of ten 3-credit core courses. Seven reading courses are designed to prepare candidates with theory and strategies to proffer effective instruction and diagnose and remediate children’s reading difficulties K-12. Current research and theory of literacy and how children learn to read is translated into meaningful classroom application and practice while utilizing research-based instructional practices and materials. Knowledge and understanding of the principles and processes of reading are directly applied while working with children in a clinical setting. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching and receive immediate feedback from the instructor so that subsequent teaching can incorporate and apply new insights, techniques and strategies for improvement.
- The St. Thomas Reading Education program can lead to initial* teaching licensure
- Can enhance your existing credentials
- Teachers holding a valid Florida Certificate are eligible for the Reading Endorsement upon completion of this degree
- This program may also meet requirements for certification as a Reading Specialist or Literacy coach
* The Reading Education Master’s degree from St. Thomas will qualify the individual for a Florida Temporary Certificate in Reading. The applicant must be employed as a Florida educator and have his/her fingerprints processed and cleared to have the Temporary Certificate issued.
Curriculum (Course Sampling)
RED 521 Theory and Foundations of Effective Reading and Language Instruction.
This course provides a theoretical and practical framework for understanding issues related to teaching reading. It addresses theories and models of reading and focuses on the application of this knowledge to literacy instruction for all learners.
EDF 621 The Reading Process in the Content Area
This course centers on strategies and techniques for improving students’ reading and studying in the content areas. The main focus is on remedial reading and writing and study skill strategies, strategies and materials for vocabulary development, comprehension, and content area concepts, and evaluation of content area instruction in multicultural settings.
RED 505 Techniques of Remedial and Corrective Reading
This course is designed to prepare students to select and implement research based strategies in the prevention and remediation of reading difficulties. It centers on the five major components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency).