College of Education and Professional Studies

Master of Education in Reading

The Master of Education in Reading is designed to meet requirements set forth by the Oklahoma State Department of Education for Standard Certification as a Reading Specialist for grades one through twelve. A graduate curriculum in Reading is designed to use numerous educational settings to prepare the student for positions as reading consultants, reading teachers in public and private education, remedial reading teachers, reading clinicians, directors of reading programs, reading supervisors, reading diagnosticians, and reading coordinators.

Reading department

The program will provide the student the opportunity to develop competencies in human relations; leadership; program development, maintenance, and improvement; and diagnostic studies. The student will learn the proper methods to inform parents and teachers of the reading needs of their children, as well as a thorough knowledge of referral services. 

Student Learning Objectives

Career Opportunities

  • Reading Interventionist
  • Reading Coach
  • Reading Program Directors
  • Reading Clinics
  • Remedial Reading Classrooms
  • Regular Classrooms K-12
  • Title 1 Classrooms
  • Adult Education, including: Colleges, Vocational Education and Correctional Institutions

Reading Specialist Endorsement

The Reading Specialist Endorsement provides qualifications to work in the following areas:

  • Reading/Literacy Coach
  • Reading Clinics
  • Reading/Literacy Interventionist
  • Remedial Reading Classrooms
  • Regular Classrooms K-12
  • Title I Classrooms
  • Adult Education, including: Colleges, Vocational Education and Correctional Institutions

Student and child studying

Reading Specialist Coursework

Theoretical Foundations of Reading (6 Hrs)

5623 Foundations and Survey of Reading
This is an Introductory course providing an overview of the basic principles and concepts of the reading process.

5663 Theoretical Basis of Reading
This course, which follows the Foundations and Survey course, examines further how one learns to read using psychological, physiological, and cognitive models.

Student and child next to a list of goals

Diagnostic Techniques (6 Hrs)

READ 5843 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
This beginning course in diagnostic techniques is an overview of the principles and procedures for diagnosing and correcting reading disabilities. Under the supervision of a reading clinician, students will work with the reading disability cases.

READ 5443 Assessment of Dyslexia and Other Related Disorders
This is the second course in the diagnostic sequence. This course is an in-depth interdisciplinary study of various instruments which assess:

  • Cognitive Ability
  • Receptive and expressive language/processing and development
  • Visual-motor functioning
  • Sight word vocabulary/word recognition skills
  • Vocabulary/comprehension

Graduate students from School Psychology of Speech and Hearing work in conjunction with the Reading students in the assessment and interpretation of the various diagnostic instruments represented from each of these disciplines. Staff meetings are conducted for each case so the students from the various disciplines can participate in the final analysis.

Student and child looking at vocabulary

Instrumental Experiences: Clinical and Classroom (8 Hrs)

READ 5854 Clinical Practices in Reading
This course follows the two diagnostic courses. The graduate students learn remedial reading techniques, working with the same children that they diagnoses in the previous class.

READ 5901 Practicum: Literacy Coach Experience
Candidates will assume the role of a literacy coach for one semester in an elementary or secondary classroom supporting a teacher and a paraprofessional at a school that has been deemed to be at risk in the areas of reading and writing achievement. Candidates will use a wide range of research-based instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction. This course is taken at the end of the program.

READ 5913 Seminar/Special Topics: Adolescent Literacy
This is a course emphasizing the study of literacy curriculum, philosophy, research, and related instructional strategies, assessments, and materials applicable to teaching adolescent learners.

Student and child reading a book

Professional Development (2 Hrs)

READ 5712 Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs
The purpose of this course is to examine components of effective school-wide literacy programs and the role that the reading specialist/coach plays in those programs.