MEd: Elementary Education /
Reading Emphasis
Master of Education in Elementary Education, emphasis in Reading

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Specialize in Literacy

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education, emphasis in Literacy provides elementary school teachers with advanced knowledge of research, theory and practice in reading and language arts, with a strong emphasis on teaching literacy to students who are in diverse settings. This program prepares beginning teachers to teach literacy and to integrate literacy instruction within and across content areas. It also prepares experienced teachers to become literacy specialists or literacy coaches through our Literacy Specialist program (K-12).

Teachers in this program take literacy courses with professors who are nationally and internationally known experts in the field of literacy education. These courses include the latest research and teaching strategies for preparing students to be literate with 21st century literacies, three of which are clinical courses that are associated with the Burnett Literacy Clinic. The Literacy Clinic is a collaborative learning site that focuses on the preparation of future teacher leaders and researchers. Teachers in the Literacy Clinic provide reading and writing assessment and instruction to children, adolescents and adults in the community. They also design family literacy practices with parents who come to the Clinic. Teachers enrolled in the Masters of Elementary Education, emphasis in literacy program have the opportunity to use the resources associated with the Literacy Clinic. These resources include: the newest instructional videos in the field of literacy education; a multicultural, leveled book room; and each year the Literacy Clinic invites a literacy researcher to campus to share new advances in the field.

Many of the teachers in this program also work toward their state Reading Certification, an endorsement that positions teachers to assume leadership roles in literacy coaching, curriculum and instruction or professional development.

Master of Education (MEd)

Contact Advisor:

Susan Johnson

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5938

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1

Emphasis in Reading

The M.Ed. program with emphasis in reading (literacy) is designed to enable candidates to further their competencies as teachers of reading, writing, and the other communication arts. The program also prepares them for positions as literacy coaches, reading specialists, curriculum specialist in communication arts and reading areas, consultants in areas of communication arts, and/or for further graduate study. The following program enables the student to earn a M.Ed. with an emphasis in Reading while fulfilling the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s requirements for special reading certification in Missouri. Students must complete the first two levels of the Required Core, an educational psychology course, an approved educational research course, 18 hours of literacy courses, and an action research capstone course. The minimum required and recommended courses are as follows:

Required Core (9 hours)
TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community And Social Justice In Education3
TCH ED 6020Teacher Action, Advocacy And Leadership3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning And Assessment 13
Required Research Course – Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement (3 hours)
Choose one course. Dependent on student needs and interests.3
ED REM 6707
Classroom Measurement And Evaluation
ED REM 6709
Educational And Psychological Measurement
ED REM 6716
Academic Assessment and Intervention
Reading Concentration (18 hours):
Required Courses
ELE ED 6387Literacy Acquisition And Learning For Diverse Students3
ELE ED 6684Instructional Strategies For Teaching Reading3
ELE ED 6686Analysis And Correction Of Reading Disabilities3
ELE ED 6493Reading Specialist Practicum I3
ELE ED 6494Reading Specialist Practicum II3
And at least one course from the literacy-related elective list or from the certification-related elective list below (min. 3 hrs):
Literacy Related Electives
ELE ED 6436Children's Literature I: Survey And Analysis3
ELE ED 6688Literacy Assessment To Guide Instruction3
ENGL 6880Gateway Writing Project3-6
TCH ED 5312Differentiated Instruction4
Capstone Course (3 hours)
ELE ED 6482Problems And Research In Teaching Elementary School3

A graduate level course in child psychology or adolescent psychology may be substituted if needed for certification.
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Rebecca Rogers, Ph.D.

Dr. Rogers is an educational researcher who specializes in literacy studies, teacher learning and critical discourse studies. Her research focuses on the socio-political contexts of literacy and language education and situates critical discourse analysis within an ethnographic tradition. She has pub...
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Gwendolyn Y. Turner, Ed.D.
Founders Professor

Professor Turner received her Ed.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas and her BA from Arkansas State University. She has served as a Social Studies Teacher, Reading and Communications Specialist, Adult Educator, Educational Consultant and Teacher Educator. She has served as a board member of...