MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading

Online Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction - Reading from SNHU

Focus Your Degree with a Reading Concentration

Develop the skills you need to help children in grades K-12 overcome reading difficulties with the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Reading program at Southern New Hampshire University. This advanced degree program, also available at our Manchester, N.H., campus, gives you in-depth knowledge of literacy issues and insight into specialized support and diagnostic procedures for students with reading issues.

Encouraging your students to explore methods of reading, writing, listening, and speaking development in the early elementary grades is essential to a successful classroom environment. When you have students with unique literacy needs, diverse teaching instruction can be critical to their success.

Whether taken on campus or online, the Curriculum and Instruction MEd with a concentration in Reading includes 11 courses, three of which comprise the Reading concentration.

This degree is ideal for licensed teachers seeking an additional endorsement. This program does not lead to initial licensure.

Students enrolled in the on campus and online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading concentration program may be eligible for New Hampshire certification as a curriculum administrator or may elect to not seek state certification. If you are interested in obtaining state certification outside of New Hampshire, check with your state’s Department of Education to ensure New Hampshire certification is recognized in your home state.

Curriculum and Instruction (MEd) Required Courses

EDU-520: The Educator Researcher
This course provides an introduction to methods of educational research. These methods encourage educators to be action researchers in their own classrooms, school districts, and/or communities to improve teaching and learning practice. Students will become familiar with purposeful quantitative and qualitative research designs to develop an increased understanding of the issues, both theoretical and practical, arising through the research process. An emphasis will be placed on understanding, interpreting, and critiquing educational research and developing research proposals.
EDU-533: Learning through Technology
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.
EDU-547: Curriculum Development
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.
EDU-550: Educational Assessment
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 develo9ping 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.
EDU-555: Student Centered Curriculum/Instruction
The course will emphasize the teacher's critical role as a designer of student learning and will address how a curriculum built on the goal of student understanding using differentiated instruction can provide teachers with more specific teaching targets. The focus of this course is on the connections between Understanding by Design (UBD) and Differentiated Instruction (DI) as well as the use of standards of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the planning and delivery of curriculum for all types of learners.
Prerequisites:
EDU-547
EDU-582: Educational Factors of Diversity
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.
EDU-610: Ethics and School Law
The primary goal of this course is for the student to develop awareness of ethical, professional and legal issues pertinent to educational settings. These issues include, ethical decision making processes, legal mandates related to education and special education, professional relationships, confidentiality, supervision, conflict of interest, boundaries and diversity. Additionally, we will discuss obstacles that relate to the provision of educational services in the school and with children and their parents in general.
EDU-775: Practicum in Curriculum and Instruction
Students are required to develop and implement two products and/or experiences and document a leadership role in the area of curriculum. Students complete a detailed proposal or plan of study on their goals, product(s), audience, follow-up, etc. for this practicum. The purpose of this practicum is to encourage the teacher as researcher and leader in curriculum development and encourage the integration and application of course work. The practicum is completed during the semester under the supervision of a school district administrator and the student's advisor.
Prerequisites:
EDU-547

Reading Concentration

RDG-503: Emerging and Early Literacy Development K-4
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.
RDG-504: Content Area Literacy Grades 4-8
In this course, students study effective practices that support the development of reading comprehension and writing strategies for content area subjects in grades 4-8. The course focuses on the strategies that enable students read and write about non-fiction. Students will also examine ways to address the particular needs of students with diverse language, cultural and learning requirements.
RDG-582: Assessing and Instructing Students with Literacy Difficulty
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.
Prerequisites:
RDG-503 or EDU-501

Admission Requirements

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.

Licensure Information

This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an endorsement in New Hampshire.  Please note that Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits.  View disclosure information.

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