Teacher of Reading Master's Program Course List
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Applicants must submit an online graduate application, a one to two-page essay, a resume, academic transcripts, and one professional letter of reference.
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Following is the course sequence for Wheelock's Teacher of Reading master's program. This program is 34 credits total, or 37 credits with an optional added course to complete a graduate certificate in ESL.
Fall Year 1
RDG 601 Multisensory Approaches to Teaching Literacy
Provides theoretical constructs in multisensory literacy approaches to aid the reading specialist, special educator, or classroom teacher meet the complex challenges in instructing students with language-based learning differences. Includes introduction to the Wilson Language Program and the Lindamood-Bell's Lips and Visualizing and Verbalizing programs.
EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities
Introduces the critical study of race, culture, and identity. Explores theories to help students examine their own socialization and understanding of race, ethnicity, culture, and identity. Considers political, social, cultural, historical, economic, and power dynamics as a context for interpreting interpersonal and structural relationships.
Spring Year 1
RDG 622 Individualized Instruction in Literacy
Develops skill at diagnosing literacy needs through formal and informal assessments and planning research-based instruction. Twice-weekly tutorial sessions with struggling emergent readers in an off-campus laboratory setting. Emphasizes importance of readers' cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
RDG 558 Multicultural Children's Literature
Introduces a broad range of multicultural literature. Focuses on criteria for appropriate book selections. Examines literary theory and genre. Explores strategies for using children's literature to promote literacy development.
Summer Year 1
RDG 626 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
Extends competencies developed in RDG 622 in closely mentored, twice-weekly tutorials with struggling readers in upper elementary grades. Emphasizes design of instruction based on careful diagnosis of literacy needs. Develops literacy leadership skills.
RDG 618 Literacy Across the Curriculum
Examines reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary skills critical for success in academic content areas. Investigates the impact of text difficulty, background knowledge, and understanding of text structure on comprehension of nonfiction text. Develops skill at teaching vocabulary, metacognitive, and study skills in the context of theme-based units.
MLE 535 Second Language Acquisition and Assessment
Examines theories and research in first and second language acquisition in a variety of sociocultural contexts. Examines stages of second language acquisition with attention to contextual and individual factors affecting pace and outcomes. Considers developmental trajectories in phonology, grammar, lexicon, and pragmatics, as well as receptive and expressive language.
Fall Year 2
HDF 702 Language, Literacy, and Culture
Explores the relationships between language and culture. Examines methods of helping linguistically diverse students develop literacy abilities within contexts that draw upon and extend home language competencies. Focuses both on native English speakers who speak non-mainstream varieties of English and on children who speak a first language other than English.
RDG 530 Teaching Literacy to ELLs
Addresses factors affecting the literacy development and instruction of ELLs learning to read and write in English. Develops skills in assessing components of learners' reading and writing competence, teaching early, later, and advanced reading skills, lesson planning, and progress monitoring. Participants implement an assessment and tutoring project with an ELL student.
Spring Year 2
RDP 609 Practicum and Seminar: Teacher of Reading
150-hour supervised practicum in the role of teacher of reading, incorporating assessment, small group work, resource development, coaching and professional development, and outreach to parents. Seminar provides opportunities for critical reflection on practice and explores multiple roles of reading specialists.
RES 722 Research in Language and Literacy
Introduces varied approaches to language and literacy research. Provides experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Participants prepare analyses of assessment data and write research briefs for other teachers. Based on questions from their practice, students summarize existing literature and prepare a research proposal.
EDU 706 Capstone: Teacher of Reading (1 credit)
Enables students to reflect on accomplishments in the program, specifically as these relate to the International Reading Association's Professional Standards for Reading Professionals. Seminar provides a collaborative space to explore professional development strategies and draft personal professional development plans. Prerequisites: Passage of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), Reading Specialist and Communication and Literacy tests.
Optional Added Sequence for Reading Master's Plus ESL Focus
MLE 530 Supporting Second Language Acquisition
Examines the use of the WIDA and other assessments to plan ESL instruction for children at different proficiency levels. Develops skill at ESL instruction using sensory, graphic, and interactive supports, Explores how to incorporate "funds of knowledge" and family support into the ESL curriculum