Reading Specialist Teaching License

College of Education

Dean: Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson
Department of Elementary, Early & Special Education
Department Chair: Dr. Julie Ray

Reading Specialist Teaching License Program

The Reading Specialist emphasis area requires practicums with young children and older students. These may be completed in the graduate students' school setting. Additional courses may be required for MO Reading Specialist certification (K – 12), depending upon undergraduate course work completed. MO teacher certificate also requires 2 years teaching experience. Candidates seeking certification as a Reading Specialist should work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet both degree and certification requirements. Program courses are offered over a 2-year cycle. See the program summary below.

EL615. Research in Action. Fall, Spring

Introduction to the methods of action research for improving an aspect of the teaching-learning process. Prerequisites: EX601; completion of minimum of 12 hours of graduate work. (3)

EX601. Educational Assessment Techniques. Fall, Spring, Summer

Develops skills in selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of standardized tests used in special education. Appraisal process is reviewed and report writing is emphasized. (3)

EX507. Family and the Child with Exceptionalities. Fall, Spring, Summer

Emphasizes the teaching of children with exceptionalities partnering with families. Stresses collaborating with families and strategies for accessing community resources. (3)

EL647. Reading Assessment. Fall

Graduate students will develop skills in administering, scoring and analysis using literacy assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective literacy instruction. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; EL644; EL646; SE602; or consent of instructor. (3)

EL644. Understanding and Applying the Multidimensional Process of Reading. Spring

Explores the multidimensional processes of reading along with the historical bases of literacy acquisition and
development. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (3)

EL646. Inquiry and Research Models Used to Improve Reading Instruction. Summer

Focuses on principles for studying how children become literate and the factors and practices that affect all learners. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (3)

EL624. Effective Literacy Leadership. Spring

Survey of leadership theories and styles and their application to the promotion of literacy in educational settings and beyond. Prerequisites: EL644; EL646; or consent of instructor. (3)

EL611. Practicum I Early Literacy Learners. Spring

Field based application of assessment and resulting instructional decisions. Preschool through grade 3. Prerequisite: EL647; or consent of instructor. (3)

EL623. Practicum II. Older Literacy Learners. Summer

Field based application of assessment and resulting instructional decisions (grade 4 and above). Prerequisite: EL647; or consent of instructor. (3)

SE602. Effective Literacy Instruction at the Middle and Secondary Levels. Summer

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Dept. of Elem., Early & Special Edu.
One University Plaza, MS 5575
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701