Online Master of Science in Education

Equipping Literacy Leaders for the 21st Century

This online literacy graduate program will equip you as a literacy leader through exploration of 21st century literacy, classroom best practice, and a full range of assessments and interventions. Classes are interactive, engaging, and rich with examples of practical literacy strategies that are ready for use in the classroom. All courses are taught by highly qualified faculty, each of whom is a certified reading specialist with classroom experience. This dynamic program emphasizes knowledge and skills related to district and school-wide literacy leadership: coaching, common core, curriculum development, budgeting, and much more.

Program Features and Benefits

  • Fully online program, with no residency required (on-campus residency is optional).
  • Can lead to Wisconsin reading teacher (WI DPI #1316) and reading specialist (WI DPI #5017) licensure.
  • Develops competence and confidence with framework and programs like Response to Intervention (RtI) and guided reading
  • Grounded in the International Reading Association standards for reading professionals.
Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
Reading Teacher - Wisconsin DPI #1316 License. 18 Required Credits.
EDG 852Improving the Teaching of ReadingImproving the Teaching of Reading concentrates on the methodologies in reading instruction and the role of the reading teacher in education.3
EDG 911Portfolio IPortfolio I is the first step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students complete the initial setup of their portfolio and develop rationales for each standard in their program.0
EDG 809Integrating Learning and Reading Skills Across the CurriculumIntegrating Learning and Reading Skills Across the Curriculum focuses on the transfer of beginning reading skills to content areas and on higher level comprehension and study skills.3
EDG 856Language Arts for the Teaching of ReadingLanguage Arts for the Teaching of Reading studies the English language, including English phonology and how children's language develops from childhood through adolescence and examines interrelationships of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.3
EDG 853Reading Assessment and InstructionReading Assessment and Instruction examines the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of kindergarten through grade 12 reading programs and their interrelationships with other language arts instruction and other curricular areas.3
EDG 854Practicum in ReadingPracticum in Reading is the culmination of the reading curriculum for DPI #316 certification. Teachers work with elementary, middle and secondary level students with a variety of abilities in one-to-one and small group contexts.3
EDG 876Literature for Children K-12Literature for Children K-12 presents a wide selection of primary readings for students from kindergarten through the twelfth grade, criteria for selecting texts, practical methods for engaging the students' interest in books, and tools for curriculum development and integration. The course emphasizes the historical background and foundations of the literature.3
EDG 912Portfolio IIPortfolio II is the first step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students complete the initial setup of their portfolio and develop rationales for each standard in their program.0
ExamReading Foundations ExamThe Reading Foundations Exam is required as of January 2014.0
Master Of Science In Education - Literacy. 12 Additional Credits.
EDG 837Supervision of InstructionSupervision of Instruction provides the student with orientation to the field of instructional supervision. The course focuses on the nature of instructional supervision with am emphasis on the human perspectives of supervisory behavior.3
EDG 807Curriculum DevelopmentCurriculum Development considers the factors that influence design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development.3
EDG 844Current Topics and Research in ReadingCurrent Topics and Research in Reading examines current topics and issues in reading instruction through study of journals, periodicals, recent publications and qualitative research methods. Content varies as the reading literature is updated.3
EDG 895Graduate Capstone ProjectGraduate Capstone Project provides an opportunity to examine a range of problems in school administration, curriculum, planning, organizing and evaluating. The seminar focuses on student projects and problems related his or her professional development.3
Reading Specialist - Wisconsin DPI #5017 License. 3 Additional Credits to all previously listed coursework.
EDG 896Internship in ReadingInternship in Reading provides opportunities for each aspiring reading specialist to relate reading and administrative theory to the applied professional understanding of the position of reading specialist.3
EDG 913Portfolio IIIPortfolio III is the third step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students insert at least two and no more than three additional artifacts for each standard into their portfolio.0