West Texas A&M University

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Curriculum and Instruction-Reading, M.Ed.

Field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships required for Texas Certification must be completed in a school accredited by the Texas Education Agency and approved by WTAMU. A non-certification option that does not require field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships in Texas is available for students whose residency is outside the state of Texas.

Curriculum and Instruction-Reading (36 hours)

Admission Requirements

An applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet University Graduate School admission requirements;
  • Have a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average;
  • Hold a valid teaching certificate;
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation, resume, and official transcripts;
  • Submit a personal letter of interest with biographical information and a discussion of  goals; and
  • Submit a writing sample of a conceptual paper from any course taken or a philosophy of education paper (1-2 pages).

Required Reading Courses (21 hours):

  • EDRD 6332 Content Area Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6340 Theoretical Foundations of Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6341 Diagnosis and Intervention (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6344 Multicultural Language and Literacy  (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6345 Application of Structured Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6346 Adolescent and Adult Literacy  (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6348 Organization and Administration of Reading Programs  (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6399 Reading Specialist Practicum (3 hours) *For candidates seeking the Texas Reading Specialist Certification)

Required Education Graduate Core Courses (9 hours):

  • EDPD 6303 Education Research (3 hours)
  • Three hours from:
    • EDPD 6304 Multicultural Education
    • EDPD 6085 International Studies
    • COUN 6330 Cross-cultural Counseling
  • Three hours from:
    • EDPD 6308 Service Learning
    • EDLD 6311 Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics
    • EDPD 6329 Human Development

Electives (3-6 hours)

Choose 6000-level courses from outside the Reading area (approved by an advisor)

  • Candidates seeking the Texas Reading Specialist Certification will take three hours of electives and three credits during the Reading Specialist Practicum Course (*EDRD 6399)
  • Candidates seeking the master’s degree without certification will take six hours of elective credits

Option: Competency-Based Student Credit Hours:

Up to six competency-based credit hours may be accepted from an accredited International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) program.The IMSLEC courses will be accepted for the following courses:

  • EDRD 6341 – Diagnosis and Intervention (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6345 – Application of Structured Literacy (3 hours)

To confirm evidence of learning, a candidate seeking competency-based credit must provide the following documentation:

  • Certificate of completion from an International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) accredited training course
  • Documentation of passing the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education certification exam at the Therapy Level administered by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)

All requests for competency-based credit must be approved through a Department of Education Competency Credit Faculty Review committee.

Comprehensive Examination

Passing a comprehensive examination is required for completion of the M.Ed. in Reading.  All graduate reading candidates must pass a comprehensive examination during or after their last semester of taking courses.

Reading Specialist Certification

Students graduate with a M.Ed. degree upon completion of all degree requirements; however, a state test is required for reading specialist certification.