M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Reading & Literacy

Complete Coursework: Approximately 24 months  | 
Credit Hours: 36  | 
Courses: 12  | 
Tuition: $11,832*

Through engaging course content and required hands-on field experience in schools and classrooms, students study the most current theories, models and approaches used to teach reading. Students learn how to assess reading ability, apply reading techniques in the classroom, and create reading programs tailored to the needs of individual readers, as well as groups. Courses go beyond the traditional training in assessment and instruction and also include Administration and Leadership.

Students may qualify for a federal TEACH Grant for this high-need program, with up to $7,520 for graduate tuition.

This program will prepare you for many job opportunities, including reading specialist, literacy coach, and lead teacher.


Promote Reading, Literacy, and Lifelong Learning.

The MEDCI in Reading and Literacy program offers:

  • Preparation for work from kindergarten through high school
  • Experience and involvement with the International Reading Association
  • Training in a variety of teaching strategies including phonics and balanced literacy.

NCATE

Louisiana State University Shreveport is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Course List

Foundation Courses:
ED 704
Foundations of Educational Research

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

A study of research methods in education and their empirical foundations, with emphasis on interpreting the literature in the field. The candidate will develop a written research proposal. Three hours of lecture.
ED 720
Curriculum

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

A systematic study of the history, theory and practice of curriculum development in American education.
ED 706
Learning and Education

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

This course focuses on theories on how human learning occurs, with particular emphasis on their application in K-16 school settings. After reviewing background on the definition and purposes of learning theories, students study origins, features, and applications of various theories, including: behavioral, information processing, social cognitive, developmental, and constructivist. Course activities help students explore how learning theories shape educational practice in schools and identify those theories that most influence their own teaching practices. Three hours of lecture.
ED 780
Educational Technology Applied to the Classroom

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

A hands on, project-centered course using technology in the classroom, with attention to selection of hardware and software, use of multimedia authoring tools and communications technology in the development of instructional materials.
EDL 700
Creating a Professional Learning Community

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

The Professional Learning Community (PLC) provides potential teacher leaders and administrators with a structure for continuing professional growth and information and activities aligned with best practices and current research on initiatives that support the Louisiana Accountability System, the School Improvement Process, and the Standards for School Principals in Louisiana.
EDL 710
Leading Instruction

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

A study of the role of organizational leadership in the development of instructional goals, instructional programs, evaluation procedures, and procedures for educational change.
EDL 707
Utilizing Data for School Improvement

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

This course focuses on the collection and analysis of data sources relevant in educational settings and emphasizes analyses of work samples, observations, inquiry data, artifacts, and standardized test scores. Throughout the course students collect and analyze school improvement data.
ED 798
Final Project

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

A research project developed and executed by the candidate. The candidate will present findings in an oral presentation and a written manuscript. The document will include an extensive review of existing research on the topic, methodology, and data analysis implemented by the candidate, and discussion.
Specialization Courses:
ED 740
Foundations in Reading

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

Study of the theories and models of reading and the various instructional approaches to the teaching of reading. Provides an overview of the reading process from emergent literacy through adulthood. Includes practical training in vocabulary and comprehension development.
ED 741
Reading Assessment

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

Study of formal and informal diagnostic tests and techniques used in assessing reading ability with emphasis on organizing and implementing assessment based instruction.
ED 743
Practicum in Reading

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

Emphasis is on the application of specialized remedial techniques. A minimum of 25 hours of interaction with children in a tutorial setting is required. Prerequisites -- ED 741
ED 744
Reading in the Content Area

Duration: 7 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  Course Cost: $986.01

Strategies and practices for teaching reading in the content areas including social studies, mathematics, English, science and other areas. The focus is on middle school and high school classroom instruction.

*Tuition is based on Fall 2014 pricing and subject to change without notice.