M.Ed. in Special Reading

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Drury University offers a variety of Master in Education degrees: elementary, middle school, and secondary curriculum and instruction, gifted education, human services, online teaching, instructional leadership, instructional mathematics & science, instructional technology and instructional technology/media, exceptional children and youth, Drury Alternative Track in Special Education or DATSE) and special reading.

This program is designed for persons who are already certified as teachers.


Required Courses (36 hours):

SCI 621: Educational Technology
3 credit hours

Students are required to take this course during their first two semesters of graduate study. This course is required for all programs leading to the master in education degree, and provides an introduction to educational technology. This course uses a research-based approach to explore how educational technologies can be applied to enhance educator effectiveness and assist learners in reaching their objectives. Students will also develop strategies for evaluating new educational technologies as they emerge.

EDUC 611: Counseling Parents of Exceptional Children
3 credit hours

Children learn best when close cooperation exists between school and home. For children with learning problems it is all the more necessary for skills learned in school to be reinforced in the home. This course presents counseling techniques for helping teachers to elicit and maintain the parental cooperation needed to maximize student learning and development.

HFA 656: Academic Writing and Digital Literacy
3 credit hours

This course will develop proficiency in academic writing, focusing on accuracy, authority, voice and format. The course will also develop the skills required to locate, evaluate and integrate information into academic work using online resources and digital tools. Participants will learn how to effectively search for information and objectively assess its value and meaning in context. This course is recommended for all graduate students.

EDUC 651: Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 606.
Students will review administration and interpretation procedures for formal and informal assessments used in the evaluative process for identifying educational disabilities in school-age students, such as criterion-referenced and normed tests, interview techniques, observational methods and developmental profiles. Students will be required to complete supervised administration of specific tests and will prepare evaluation reports from data collected through assessment. Cultural, social, and educational influences affecting the test performance of students with disabilities also will be reviewed. Course fee applies.

EDUC 652: Language Development of the Exceptional Child
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 649 and EDUC 651.
This course will include an in-depth study of the form and function of language patterns of normally developing children as compared to those patterns of children with exceptionalities. Students will use analysis of language samples as a basis for developing prescriptive interventions.

EDUC 660: Practicum I in Special Reading
3 credit hours

This course provides graduate students with clinical experiences to administer clinical assessments designed to identify reading levels, summarize assessment information, and write recommendations in the form of reports. The experience includes accurate use and interpretation of instructional practices, suitable application of reading instruction based on assessment data results, application of differentiated instruction to meet student reading needs and appropriate use of reading resources and strategies.

EDUC 661: Practicum II in Special Reading
3 credit hours

An advanced course designed to provide graduate students with the opportunity to refine, apply and extend their knowledge of diagnosis, instruction, observation techniques, teaching activities, evaluation strategies, student supervision, coordination of reading programs and selection/development/implementation of reading materials. The student will propose and conduct an action research project in conjunction with the practicum experience.

EDUC 665: Improvement of Reading Instruction
3 credit hours

A course designed for the in-service elementary and secondary teacher, this includes examination of current diagnostic and corrective treatments for reading difficulties. Exemplary reading programs and instructional techniques for teaching subject matter to utilize and develop functional reading will be studied.

EDUC 667: Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
3 credit hours

A course designed to study school age children experiencing difficulties in reading through the examination and utilization of diagnostic testing methods and remedial practices. Students learn to adapt testing materials and remedial techniques to the developmental level, diagnostic needs, and cultural and linguistic background of the pupils.

EDUC 670: Leadership in Reading
3 credit hours

This course prepares participants to act as change agents within the school-based reading program in areas of curriculum/methodology, organization, administration and staff development. This course surveys the research regarding the history, approaches, current trends and practical applications of teaching- learning theories of reading instruction, literacy development, comprehension, instructional programs, teaching strategies and skill development in the area of reading.

EDUC 689: Introduction to Educational Research
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 27 completed graduate hours.
This course is designed to acquaint students with different methods of educational research and statistical procedures. Emphasis is placed on procedures for writing research papers and proposals. This course is designed to be completed the semester prior to EDUC 700 Capstone Seminar.

EDUC 700: Capstone Seminar (for all graduating students except those pursuing tracks where this course is not specified)
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 689
This course must be taken within the final nine hours of degree work. It is deemed appropriate that every person completing a master in education degree be familiar with the current innovations of the profession. It is of equal importance that he or she relate knowledge derived from various courses to his or her own area of specialization and evaluate personal cognitive and affective growth. The Capstone Seminar aims to fill these needs. Completion of a seminar paper or project is a requirement for a satisfactory grade in this course. The paper will focus on the area of specialty for the graduate student. Successful completion of a written or oral, comprehensive, master’s degree examination is required as a part of the Capstone Seminar course. The course is graded satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

SCI 621 must be taken within the first two semesters.
EDUC 667 must be taken before or with EDUC 660 - Practicum I.

Please note: Acquisition of the M.Ed. in Special Reading from Drury University does not automatically lead to Special Reading Certification from the State of Missouri.

In order to obtain Special Reading Certification from the State of Missouri, program participants need to have the following prerequisites: two (2) years teaching experience; an approved Behavior Management course (the Classroom Management course at Drury is approved); an approved Child and Adolescent Psychology course(s); an approved Education of the Exceptional Child course; and an approved Basic Reading Methods course.

Please meet with an advisor for additional certification information.