COE: MEd: Secondary Education | Reading Emphasis
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The M.Ed. program with emphasis in reading (literacy) is designed to enable candidates to further their competencies as teachers of reading, writing and 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. A course in reading in the content area is required for secondary certification. If this has not been taken as an undergraduate, it must be selected as an elective in the program for a Masters in Secondary Education with a Reading Emphasis.

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Master of Education (MEd)

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Kristel Schlemper

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1
The requirements below detail multiple emphases in this program. Keywords have been highlighted to draw your attention to this particular emphasis.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the general graduate admission requirements of the Graduate School, described in the UMSL catalog.  Students are considered for admission to the graduate program in Education only after they have formally applied for admission through the Graduate School.  Applications may be completed on-line.

Degree Requirements

To be recommended for Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Special Reading Certification K-12, teachers must have a valid Missouri teacher’s certificate, two years of approved classroom teaching experience as determined by DESE, successful completion of any required DESE assessments, and the following:

  • A course(s) in child and adolescent psychology (3-6 hours)
  • A course in psychology/education of exceptional child (3 hours)
  • A course in reading in the content area (3 hours)
  • A course in language acquisition or development specifically targeting children with special needs (3 hours)
  • A course in behavior intervention strategies (3 hours)
  • A course in counseling techniques (3 hours)

These certification requirements may be in addition to the courses listed in the program of study above. Students should consult their graduate advisor for information about these courses.

Required Core
Candidates are required to complete the following courses within the first 15 hours of study:
TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning, and Assessment3
Required Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement Course
ED REM 6716Academic Assessment and Intervention3
Required Capstone Course
The capstone course is completed at the end of the program.
ELE ED 6482Problems and Research in Teaching Elementary School3
Total Hours12

Specific Requirements for the Emphasis Area

In addition to the required courses above (12 hours), candidates seeking an Emphasis in Reading are required to complete the following coursework (18 hours) for a program total of 30 hours.

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
Literacy Related Elective3
Total Hours18

Total: 30 hours

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Rebecca Rogers, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Tutorial Education

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 published seven books and over 80 articles and chapte...
DESE Special Reading (Grades K-12) Certification