2017-2018 Graduate Catalog
East Stroudsburg Normal School opened it doors on September 4, 1893. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees and is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog > Programs and Course Descriptions > Reading > Reading M.Ed.
The Reading Department of East Stroudsburg University offers an online graduate program of study leading to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading, which qualifies students for the Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate. This certificate enables a teacher to provide reading instruction in kindergarten through grade 12. Out-of-state graduates will need to check with their state’s Department of Education to see if this program will fulfill the requirements for similar certificates/endorsements.
The mission of the Master of Education in Reading is to create a diverse community of educators dedicated to continuously advancing the teaching of reading, emerging literacies, and research in an ever-changing global society. Essential components, which are embedded in the Mission, include knowledge of the foundational components of reading, varied research and creative opportunities, integration of traditional and emerging technologies, challenging and contemporary curricula, and culturally responsive teaching, leadership, and service.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Education in Reading, graduates will be able to:
Please note: Beginning in September 2013, in compliance with a directive from Pennsylvania Department of Education, all candidates are required to complete (or submit official transcripts to document that they have completed) the "9+3" Chapter 49 requirements. This means that candidates will need to complete 9 credits that address specific Special Education competencies and 3 credits that address English Language Learner competencies.
Please note-The Reading Department's "9+3" courses are:
REED 520 Teaching Reading to Students with Disabilities
SPED 550 Nature and Needs of Diverse Learners
SPED 551 Inclusionary Practices
REED 521 Reading and Language Development for Diverse Learners.
Please discuss your "9+3" status with your graduate adviser at the start of your program.
9 credits of electives from the following, or other elective(s) approved by the Graduate Coordinator.
Electronic Portfolio and Research Paper
Graduate students in the master’s degree program, which includes Reading Specialist Certification, must complete the requirements established by the faculty that meet the standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Typical time to finish
As a full-time student, a candidate for the Master of Education can usually complete the program in one calendar year. Part-time students must complete the program in six-years. The program's classes are offered synchronously and asynchronously to accommodate graduate students' busy schedule.
Timeframe for Completion of Program
As a full-time student, a candidate for the Master of Education can usually complete the program in one calendar year. Part-time students are subject to a six year time limit. The program's classes are offered asynchronously to accommodate graduate students' busy schedule.
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