The Master of Education in Reading is a graduate degree program housed in the Department of Learning and Teaching in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. This degree is offered to educators certified in teaching who desire graduate studies in literacy theories, research, and instructional practices. The Reading program is fully online and consists of 30 credit hours.
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.
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The Master of Education in Reading is a graduate degree program housed in the Department of Learning and Teaching in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. This degree is offered to educators certified in teaching who desire graduate studies in literacy theories, research, and instructional practices. The Reading program is fully online and consists of 30 credit hours. The program is designed for the needs of practicing professionals, and are based on the standards of the International Reading Association and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Students learn strategies for developing an awareness that speaking, listening, reading, and writing are interrelated and how these skills impact a child's literacy development.
Graduates in the program develop professional excellence by...
- Understanding literacy theory and research and how they impact assessment and instruction for effective reading and writing best practices across all content areas.
- Leading inquisitive learning through technology and culturally responsible thinking to motivate all students.
- Engaging students in developing critical stances through collaborative interactions during reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing for life-long learning.
- Improving literacy curriculum, student progress, and refining teaching for the betterment of society.
The program meets the Standards for Reading Professionals as developed by the International Reading Association. While not a requirement to graduate, passing the appropriate GACE exams qualifies on to have Reading Specialist added to the teaching certificate.
For more information:
Department of Literacy and Special Education
Ms. Tynita Brown, Departmental Assistant
678-839-6179Dr. Bethany L. Scullin, Program Coordinatorbscullin@westga.edu (preferred method of contact)
Method of Delivery
Online program available.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 30
A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (firstname.lastname@example.org). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.
This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
Online program available.
READ-7201 - Integrating Language, Literacy and Technology across Content Area
This course is designed to help teachers communicate, integrate, and apply language, literacy, and technology strategies and skills within the content areas.
READ-7239 - TESOL: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom
This course is designed to give a culturally pluralistic and global perspective to the equitable education of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. Students will develop a knowledge base about culture, its influence on learning and teaching, and its role in intercultural P–12 classroom settings. In this course, educators will examine major theories related to educating a culturally and linguistically diverse student body and develop strategies for ensuring that bi/multilingual English learners develop knowledge of mainstream culture as they become proficient in English.
READ-7240 - TESOL: Literacy, Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition
This course focuses on the major theories of first and second language acquisition and principles of linguistic systems (i.e., phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics), and examines these topics drawing on a student-centered approach to enhance pedagogical understanding of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Specifically, course content explores these topics as they relate to classroom-based language learning. Candidates will explore the relationship of oral and written language and become familiar with assessment techniques and devices for evaluation of the development of English language proficiency.
READ-7241 - TESOL: Methods, Materials, and Assessment through Clinical Experience
This course is an examination of past and current approaches, methods, and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). Participants analyze program models and methods of instruction for bi/multilingual English learners; demonstrate teaching strategies; develop lesson and unit planning skills; evaluate materials, textbooks, and resources available in the field; examine issues in testing bi/multilingual English learners for placement, diagnosis, exit, and evaluation; and analyze current assessment instruments.
READ-7261 - Literacy Engagement through Writing
This is an in-depth interactive course in which P-A candidates engage in literature based practices for effective writing instruction and assessment.
READ-7262 - Trends in Literacy Education
Seminar in the areas of current and historical issues confronting the literacy professional.
READ-7263 - Comprehensive Literacy Assessments and Interventions
Introduction and implementation of formal and informal assessments to analyze P-Adult literacy strengths and needs to determine interventions for progress monitoring.
READ-7267 - Culturally-Diverse Literature, P-12
This course is designed to give educators an opportunity to become acquainted with classic and current literature for elementary through high school students. Emphasis will be given to integrating culturally-diverse literature representing into all curriculum areas.
READ-7271 - Literacy, Development, and Practices in the Digital Age
This course is a seminar/discussion course dealing with the teaching of reading and writing (P- Adult) including an introduction to skills, approaches, materials, methods, philosophies, and theories. Significant literature will be reviewed from a current and historical perspective. Further, this course addresses evidenced-based elements of a comprehensive reading and writing program as suggested by the National Reading Panel (2000): phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension integrated with technology.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
- 2.7 GPA
- T4 clear and renewable Teaching Certificate, or the equivalent in your state
- Resume or Vitae
- 3 years of teaching experience
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School
* Application, app fee, and document deadline
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Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here
One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
- Candidates understand the theoretical foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
- Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
- Candidates use various assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective literacy instruction.
- Candidates engage students in literacy practices that value differences in our society.
- Candidates create a literate environment.
- Candidates demonstrate and facilitate professional learning and leadership.