Master of Education in Reading

For educators aspiring to improve their knowledge, skills, and dispositions relative to literacy development across the grades (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12), this program provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for successful employment as a reading specialist and/or literacy coach. The specific goal of the program is to prepare teachers to provide specialized reading and writing instruction, to assess and diagnose literacy behavior, and to serve as resource persons in P-12 settings. Candidates complete a multimodal comprehensive exam during the semester in which they enroll in EDTL 6290: Coaching Practicum. Candidates must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit.  

The BGSU Master of Education in Reading consists of the following three phases:

Phase I: Endorsement Program

Phase One consists of 15 semester hours (the Ohio P-12 reading endorsement courses). EDTL 6220 is partially a practicum class that requires candidates to assess students at the early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence/young adult levels.  EDTL 6280 is a 3-semester-hour supervised practicum course that requires candidates to provide intervention for children in each grade band (early, middle, secondary). For full-time students, these courses are taken all at once on campus during the Summer Literacy Institute, which begins in June each year. For part-time students, these courses are available either fall, spring and/or summer and are offered face-to-face in the summer and online during the academic year. Once these courses are completed, candidates take the state-required licensure exams (Ohio Assessment for Educators 038, 039), and apply to have the reading endorsement attached to the teaching license.  

Phase II: Tools for Engagement

Phase Two is a Tool Collecting phase (12 semester hours) where candidates gather tools needed to transition from the reading specialist role to the literacy coaching role. During this phase, they complete EDTL 6240 (field-based practicum), EDTL 6270 (technology), EDTL 6440 (literacy research), and EDFI 6410 (statistics). EDTL 6240 is a field-based practicum requiring candidates to administer and interpret formal and informal assessments, shadow a Title I teacher or literacy coach or curriculum coordinator, etc., and engage in other reading professional activities in the assigned school or current teaching setting. Candidates will work with individuals, small groups, whole classes, etc. For full-time students, these courses would be taken in a block during fall semester. For part-time students, the technology and research classes are offered fall and summer. For EDTL 6240 and EDTL 6440, these classes are available only in the fall semester. All classes are available online.

Phase III:  Engagement as a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach

Phase Three is the  Literacy Coaching phase. Candidates complete EDTL 6100 (methods and materials), 6290 (coaching practicum), 6400 (advanced language arts), and a multimodal comprehensive exam. Candidates participate in a 3-semester-hour supervised practicum in a school setting. For full-time students, these courses would be taken in a block during spring semester. For part-time students, EDTL 6400 and EDTL 6100 can be taken online in the spring or summer. EDTL 6290 is a spring-only class. The courses are all available online.

We offer full time study with the program starting in June and ending the following May. Click here to apply for graduate study.

There are also opportunities for tuition scholarships and stipends in exchange for reading/literacy-related work for up to 20 hours per week. Click here to find out more about assistantships.

For more information, see frequently asked questions, or contact the program coordinator.