Gain critical skills to effectively assess and improve student literacy with the Master of Education in Reading and Writing Specialist program at Southern New Hampshire University. The MEd degree program, offered on campus and online, will give you an in-depth understanding of language acquisition and development as well as effective reading and writing teaching practices for grades K-12. Course study involves theoretical principles in reading assessment and instruction, as well as hands-on classroom experience to put principles into practice.
Upon successful completion of master’s in reading and writing program, you’ll be eligible for licensure in New Hampshire as a reading and writing specialist for grades K-12. The addition of this credential will enhance your marketability and improve job prospects.
Not available for international students.
To enroll in the Master of Education in Reading and Writing Specialist program, you must be a currently licensed, active teacher with three years of teaching experience. Because only certified teachers are accepted into the reading and writing specialist program, the Praxis I or Praxis II exams are not required.
In the master’s in reading and writing program, you’ll expand your knowledge and build your skillset by mastering teaching theories and practices, including:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MEd at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts. Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume.
Admission requirements and timelines may differ for international students. Learn more.
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
In the master’s in reading and writing program, you’ll enhance your teaching career by becoming more effective in the classroom and a valuable training resource. With state endorsement as a reading and writing specialist for grades K-12, you can expect to take on a variety of roles and careers in addition to those associated with your initial teaching certification, including:
While job growth varies by region, teaching is an in-demand occupation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers is project to increase by 12 percent through 2022, while job growth for high school and special education teachers will increase by 6 percent. Experienced teachers with additional certification and reading and writing specialist degrees will have increased marketability during their careers. Teachers with a master's degree also typically earn higher salaries than those with a bachelor's degree.
The 39-credit Master of Education in Reading and Writing Specialist program features courses that are designed to teach key skills for assessing the reading and writing skills of students in grades K-12.
This course is an overview of reading and writing processes. The course addresses current trends for teaching literacy including basal programs, whole language, language experience, thematic teaching, literature-based instruction, and technology-based instruction. Students will learn about the components of balanced literacy instruction that includes word attack, word identification, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension and writing.
In this course, students will develop the knowledge and skills to use technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning targets (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
This course is a comprehensive, practical basis for preparing school administrators and teachers to be knowledgeable, creative and effective curriculum designers. Readings will provide students information about the importance and relevance of good curriculum design. The primary focus of the course will be on the study and use of UBD (Understanding by Design). Students will develop a working model of a curriculum unit using the UBD framework.
This course builds assessment competency by analyzing recent trends in assessment for evaluating and documenting student performance and progress toward desired outcomes. Students examine the uses of assessment at the individual, class and school levels; including New England Common Assessment Data. Students will select and design assessments suitable for instructional decisions that support planning developing curriculum, and making recommendations for instructional improvement. Students will interpret and communicate the results of both externally produced and teacher-produced assessment for a variety of audiences. Students will describe valid grading procedures and discuss ethical issues linked to assessment methods and uses of assessment information.
This course examines a variety of factors that affect academic achievement for today's students from birth through the high school level. Students will examine diversity through the lens of race/ethnicity, language, economics, and academics. Culturally responsive teaching practices, including issues such as gender, ability, class, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and cultural pluralism will be examined.
This course is designed to help educators who work with middle and secondary school students to design and plan programs and courses that promote improved literacy practices, especially improvement of student writing. By investigating and practicing a variety of writing exercises, processes, and approaches to improve their own writing skills, students will create a portfolio of ideas and options for teaching others.
This course explores contemporary knowledge about foreign language acquisition, including the influences of age, environment and motivation; learning styles, including ELSIE, Barsch Learning Style Inventory and other cognitive and behavioral scales; multiple intelligences; and learner language and inter-language.
This course will examine several major theoretical perspectives on literacy development from Kindergarten through 4th grade. Students will explore literacy environments that encourage the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking in the early elementary classroom. Students will also learn a variety of effective strategies for the instruction and assessment of reading and writing in the early elementary classroom. Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds will be integrated into the course content.
This course will include an in-depth study of literary genre and categories found in children's literature, preschool through intermediate levels. Students will read and analyze literature according to a set of established criteria; explore the work of noteworthy authors, poets and illustrators; and be introduced to a variety of strategies for integrating literature into the curriculum and for encouraging students to become lifelong readers.
This course presents methods and materials to assess the needs and plan instructional interventions for students with literacy difficulties. Students will learn to analyze and interpret formal and informal literacy assessments and use instructional techniques to improve literacy in students with a range of literacy difficulties (K-12). This course includes an examination of literacy development among diverse learners.
Students will complete a one credit reading internship that covers field-based literacy experiences at the elementary level at the conclusion of all course work. This course of study is designed for students to observe, interview, and experience literacy program planning, operation, and management in grades K-4.
Students will complete a one credit reading internship that covers field-based literacy experiences at the middle school level at the conclusion of all coursework. This course of study is designed for students to observe, interview, and experience literacy program planning, operation, and management in grades 5-8.
Students will complete a one credit reading internship that covers field-based literacy experiences at the high school level at the conclusion of all course work. This course of study is designed for students to observe, interview, and experience literacy program planning, operation, and management in grades 9-12.
This course is designed to help educators become more skilled and versatile in their application of teaching strategies within the regular education classroom, including discussion formats, varied questioning techniques, flexible groupings and differentiated instructional methods. Learners will understand the rationale and importance of using research-based strategies that enable a wide range of learners to access the Core Curriculum in general education classrooms. The course will examine curriculum and instructional design in relationship to students' diverse learning styles and cognitive, readiness and cultural differences. The overall goal is prepare educators to design and demonstrate lessons that incorporate engaging learning materials and methods and varied assessment tools that enable a broad range of students to achieve understanding, application and mastery of key curriculum concepts and skills.
Exit Evaluation: Completion of ePortfolio under the direction of the seminar instructor
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University's graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
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