Reading (M.Ed.) (2005)

Administered by Department of Exceptionality Programs

Effective Fall, 2005

Admission: Applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, applicants to this degree program must:

Hold a baccalaureate degree and a Level I teaching certificate from an accredited college or university.

Submit a 1-2 page, typed letter of intent stating professional background, experience, and rationale for wanting to be admitted to the program.

Submit two letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to the candidate's promise as a graduate student and professional leader.

Submit PA Child Abuse and Criminal Record Clearances.

Schedule an interview with the program coordinator to clarify program requirements, discuss goals, evaluate academic records, and outline a long-range program.

Retention: Students must maintain a QPA of 3.0 to remain in the program.

Transfer credits: A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate-level coursework may be transferred from an accredited institution; a maximum of 12 semester hours may be transferred from graduate courses completed at Bloomsburg University. Transfer courses must carry a grade of B or higher and must be completed no more that six years from the date of graduation. Transfer credits may be requested or submitted at any time during the student's six-year program, but require prior approval from the student's advisor and the assistant vice president and dean of graduate studies and research.

Graduation and Certification: Students seeking an M.Ed. in Reading must complete 36 semester hours with a cumulative QPA of 3.0. All requirements must be completed within six years from the date of admission into the program. Students must reenroll for all courses that exceed the six-year program completion deadline outlined in the Graduate Catalog. Students seeking reading specialist certification must earn a minimum score of 570 on the Praxis specialty area test for reading specialists.

Required Courses for Reading Specialist Certification (24 credits)

63.540 Introduction to the Teaching of Reading

63.541 Reading Assessment and Intervention

63.553 Practicum in Reading, Writing, and Word Study (6 credits)

63.545 Organization and Administration of Reading Programs

63.546 Reading in the Content Areas

63.550 Literature, Literacy, and Culture

63.551 Early Literacy Learning

Required Courses for M.Ed. in Reading (36 credits)

All of the above courses plus:

60.584 Curriculum and Instructional Theory, Design, and Development

Either 63.547 Seminar in Reading, 79.591 Research in Education or 70.565 Reading and Interpreting Research in Special Education

Three Electives: Students may choose the following electives from the reading program, or they may choose courses from a related field if approved by the faculty advisor.

63.548 Reading Instruction for the At-Risk Learner

63.552 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum