Key Initiative 18:
Reading Master’s Degree

The M. Ed. degree in Reading will offer graduate students a program of study that allows them to gain expertise in the field of reading and to obtain a Reading Specialist Certification. This program seeks to prepare teachers to provide critical instruction in an area of dire national need.

This is an exciting new area of teacher preparation for Cedar Crest and will appeal to graduates with degrees in Education fields as well as practicing teachers who are seeking to enhance their qualifications to include a specialization in reading education.

Coursework will explore the major theories of reading and language development, models of literacy instruction, instructional strategies, and evaluation of students and programs. Students will learn to assess literacy, diagnose reading difficulties, develop remediation initiatives, and work collaboratively with other teachers as literary coaches. The program will also prepare students to create and adapt reading curricula to accommodate diverse learning styles.

Two practicum experiences reinforce the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective teaching of reading and the development of reading programs. A unique feature of the program is the opportunity to participate in a literacy coaching practicum.

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