Curriculum and Instruction, Reading Specialist

Master of Science Degree (MS) Major: Curriculum and Instruction; Reading Specialist Certification

Faculty Contact: Dr. Teri Fowler, (903) 223-3126, teri.fowler@tamut.edu

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • Minimum of cumulative 3.0 GPA or 3.0 GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate degree program
  • Letter of intent completed in the testing center
  • Passing Score on the TExES exam is required for Admission
  • Resume
  • Official Scores on the GRE or MAT
  • Reading Specialist certification requires additional application through the TK20 system.

Requirements must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by the designated deadline of first semester enrollment.

Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Interdisciplinary Core Courses
ED 520Education Research Literature and Techniques3
Major Courses
ED 547Evaluating Learning3
ED 551Effective Strategies for Student Success3
ED 573Leadership and Mentoring in Education3
ED 590Curriculum Alignment for School Improvement3
Select three semester credit hours from the following:3
Public School Law for Teachers
Teaching in a Multicultural Setting
Instructional Design and Development
Supporting Courses
RDG 560Diagnostic and Remedial Reading3
RDG 561Clinical Practicum in Reading3
RDG 562Prescriptive Reading3
RDG 563Teaching Reading in the Content Area3
ENG 555Linguistics3
ED 530Human Growth and Development for Educators3
Total Hours36
Reading Specialist certification requires additional application through the Teacher Certification Office.

Graduate Courses in Reading Specialist

ED 520. Education Research Literature and Techniques. 3 Hours.

This course addresses the process and tools to locate, read, understand, and critique education research. The fundamental techniques of planning, conducting, and reporting qualitative and quantitative research will also be considered. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Alternative Certification Program.

ED 547. Evaluating Learning. 3 Hours.

This course addresses formative and summative assessments of learning. Related statistical analysis concepts are also studied. Prerequisite: ED 520 and must be admitted into the Alternative Certification Program.

ED 530. Human Growth and Development for Educators. 3 Hours.

This course examines cognitive, physical, psychological, and social development of humans from conception through adolescence (0-20 years). Theoretical frameworks, critical issues, and current research pertaining to each life-stage are included. Educational implications of domain specific developmental factors are highlighted. Study of the overlay of creativity, resiliency, and focus of control are added psychological variables integrated for further understanding of developmental influences on student success and/or failure in learning and school. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Alternative Certification Program.

ED 551. Effective Strategies for Student Success. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on effective best-practice teaching and learning strategies aligned to the written and assessed curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the use of research-based instructional strategies in the classroom. Prerequisite: ED 520.

ED 573. Leadership and Mentoring in Education. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on building leadership through research-based strategies. The role of the professional as consultant, mentor, and coach is discussed. Prerequisite: ED 520.

ED 577. Public School Law for Teachers. 3 Hours.

This course educates current and future teachers to become legally literate. A study of the federal and state legal framework will serve as the foundation for a more in-depth investigation of the impact of, and relationship between, constitutional, statutory, administrative, and judicial (case) law on a teacher's personal and professional life. Prerequisite: None.

ED 590. Curriculum Alignment for School Improvement. 3 Hours.

This course addresses theories and related practices of applied curriculum leadership including topological and deep alignment of the written, taught, and tested curriculum. Students will study research-based curriculum-related elements of high performing schools. Prerequisite: ED 520.

ED 593. Teaching in a Multicultural Setting. 3 Hours.

This course surveys the historical, psychological, social, and economic factors influencing pupil behavior in the public school setting. Students investigate in-depth cross-cultural studies and teaching strategies relating to subject matter and social-education experiences of major U.S. minority groups.

ENG 555. Linguistics. 3 Hours.

This course offers an introduction to principles of how language develops, changes and functions. The course focuses on the differences among world languages, the history of the English language, and analysis of modern English phonology, morphology and syntax (sound, units of meaning, word order).

ITED 520. Instructional Design and Development. 3 Hours.

This course provides students with experiences necessary to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for designing effective instruction that meets the needs of the information age. Students will explore the instructional systems development (ISD) process, from analysis through evaluation, and engage in authentic instruction design activities. This course replaces ITED 502 and 503. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

RDG 560. Diagnostic and Remedial Reading. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on evidence based reading interventions for the struggling reader. The essential components of effective reading instruction, scientifically based reading strategies, and appropriate literacy assessments will be addressed. This course will assist the reading teacher/specialist in acquiring the necessary understandings and techniques to close achievement gaps in reading.

RDG 561. Clinical Practicum in Reading. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on evidence based reading instruction. The features of effective reading instruction, scientifically based reading strategies, and appropriate literacy assessments will be applied in a clinical setting. This course will assist the reading teacher/specialist in acquiring the necessary understandings and techniques to facilitate reading instruction for all students.

RDG 562. Prescriptive Reading. 3 Hours.

This course provides a framework for examining reading difficulties in all components of reading instruction. Effective assessment techniques and strategies to scaffold student learning will be discussed. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into Alternative Certification Program.

RDG 563. Teaching Reading in the Content Area. 3 Hours.

This course assists the content area teacher in acquiring the necessary understandings and techniques to more effectively facilitate learning from textbooks. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into Alternative Certification Program.

Faculty

Dr. Teri Fowler

Assistant Professor

Email: teri.fowler@tamut.edu