Reading - Archived 2019-20 Graduate Catalog

Director: Dr. Mark Seals, School of Teaching and Learning
Graduate Coordinator: Cynthia Bertelsen
Address: 529 Education Building
Phone: 419-372-7320
Program Web Page: https://www.bgsu.edu/education-and-human-development/school-of-teaching-and-learning/graduate-programs-in-reading/master-of-education-in-reading.html

Degrees Offered
Master of Education in Reading

Programs Offered
The School of Teaching and Learning (STL) offers 2 programs in the area of reading.

The BGSU Reading Endorsement Certificate Program leads to the Ohio Reading Endorsement on a valid teaching license. In addition to the five course sequence, endorsement seekers must successfully complete the state-prescribed licensure exam. The program provides applicants the opportunity to earn the Reading Endorsement while simultaneously completing the BGSU Certificate Program. When added to an existing teaching license, program completers are prepared to teach reading across the grades, K-12. The Reading Endorsement Certificate Program admission criteria include both state licensure requirements and BGSU graduate program guidelines.

The Master of Education in Reading Program consists of just 7 more courses beyond the endorsement. This program provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for 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 K-12 settings. Students choose Plan II (non-thesis option).

Applicants to the M.Ed. Reading Program should have a teaching certificate/license and teaching experience at the early childhood, middle childhood, or adolescent/young adult level. The M.Ed. in Reading Program is structured in accordance with the licensing requirements established by the Ohio Department of Education Ohio Board of Higher Education and the International Literacy Association.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master's degree, students in the Reading program are expected to be able to:

  • Write a research paper addressing an essential component of reading
  • Conceptualize literacy and design a research-based (potentially interdisciplinary) unit that operationalizes the construct, incorporating the 6 language arts in authentic ways and present the project as professional development
  • Create a professional development presentation for multiple grade bands based on school and district reading data
  • Develop recommendations for home and school supported by assessment and research
  • Construct 2 case reports and share findings with teachers and administrators
  • Conduct a coaching conference, identify next steps for both coach and teacher
  • Show their comprehensive knowledge of reading on the State Required Content Knowledge Exam, OAE 038/039

Prerequisites for Graduate Work
Prerequisites for the M.Ed. programs include a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, 3.0 GPA, and to have completed the 12 hour reading core.

Admission Procedure
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs offered by the School of Teaching and Learning should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate Admission section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

Master of Education in Reading
Candidates must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit and the appropriate Ohio Assessment for Educators examination(s). The following course work is required:

  1. Required Core Courses - The required core reading courses that meet Ohio Reading Endorsement requirements are EDTL 6200, 6210, 6220, 6260 and 6280.
  2. Required Research Courses - The required research courses for Plan II (non-thesis option) are EDFI 6410 and EDTL 6440.
  3. Required Reading Courses – In addition to the required core courses for the reading endorsement, candidates must also complete the following:  EDTL 6100, 6240, 6270, 6290, 6400. General requirements and degree plans can be found under the heading Master of Education in the Degree Programs section of this catalog.

Reading Endorsement Certificate
Five graduate courses in reading (EDTL 6200, 6210, 6220, 6260, and 6280) plus a teaching license and a passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators Reading Tests (038, 039) are required for the Ohio Reading Teacher Endorsement. The courses must be taken in sequence, although some may be taken concurrently. EDTL 6280 is the culminating course of the sequence. Usually, this program is for licensure purposes only. However, the courses may be applied to the M.Ed. degree in reading if the student has obtained regular admission to the Graduate College.

The Ohio Board of Higher Education mandates that candidates for the Reading Endorsement meet the following program prerequisites: (a) current educator license, (b) completed Baccalaureate degree, and (c) completion of 9-12 prerequisite hours of reading coursework contingent on teaching license currently held by the applicant.

Reading Endorsement
Four graduate courses in reading and one undergraduate course (EDTL 6200 or 6260, 6210, 6220 and 6280) plus a teaching license and a passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators Reading Tests (038, 039) are required for the Ohio Reading Teacher Endorsement. Early Childhood and Special Education teachers who have taken a phonics course will take EDTL 6200.  Middle Childhood or AYA teachers will take EDTL 6260. Courses must be taken in sequence, although some may be taken concurrently. EDTL 6280 is the culminating course of the sequence. Usually, this program is for licensure purposes only. However, all 5 courses need to be completed for the M.Ed. in Reading if the student has obtained regular admission to the Graduate College.

The Ohio Board of Higher Education mandates that candidates for the Reading Endorsement meet the following program prerequisites: (a) current educator license, (b) completed Baccalaureate degree, and (c) completion of 9-12 prerequisite hours of reading coursework contingent on teaching license currently held by the applicant.

Graduate Courses
Please access graduate courses online at http://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/courses-and-classes/class-course-information.html. Graduate courses associated with this program use the prefix EDTL.