May 16, 2021
I. Contact Information
Dr. Dianna Townsend
Foundation Professor of Literacy Studies
College of Education/299
II. Brief Introduction
The online Reading Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. degree at the University of Nevada, Reno is focused on providing teachers with research-based courses designed to address the current needs of reading teachers in schools today with a particular emphasis on reading curriculum, reading instruction, and reading assessment. The program provides opportunities to work with university instructors and other teachers in an online format that includes video conferences, model lessons, and a virtual reading clinic. The program’s focus on reading curriculum includes creating effective reading lessons and units based on student assessments and evaluating and adapting existing reading programs to meet student needs. Instructional practices related to guided reading instruction, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and word study are also covered throughout the program. A strong focus on reading assessment is embedded in two virtual reading clinic courses centered on teaching reading to struggling readers. The coursework also meets the requirements for teachers to obtain the Nevada Reading Specialist certification. The comprehensive exam is designed to support teachers as they research a reading area of their choice and apply their knowledge to their own classroom and school. This degree is 32 units for a non-thesis option with a comprehensive exam or 33 units for a thesis option degree.
III. Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes
The program objectives for the online master’s program are aligned with International Reading Association’s Standards for Reading Professionals. Graduates of the Online Multiple Literacies Master’s program will be able to:
- demonstrate foundational knowledge of literacy and literacy development,
- use curricular and instructional knowledge to meet the literacy needs of diverse students,
- use a variety of assessment tools to determine learning needs and objectives,
- engage students in literacy practices that develop awareness and respect for differences in our society,
- apply a multiple literacies perspective and employ multiple literacies tools in literacy instruction and assessment,
- create a literate environment for students, and
- value the importance of professional learning and leadership in literacy.
Student learning outcomes include summative assessments for each course which demonstrate learning in one or more of the above objectives. Students complete the comprehensive exam or a master’s thesis, based on their enrollment in the thesis or non-thesis option, and this final paper demonstrates learning for all of the program objectives.
IV. Admission Requirements
Priority consideration will be given to M.Ed. graduate program applicants who meet the requirements of the graduate degree admission status listed below:
- meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
- have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better (on a 4-point scale) or 3.0 for the last half of the undergraduate degree;
- submit TOEFL scores (international applicants only);
- complete the Graduate School application
- complete the Literacy Studies Program Application, including:
a. application form,
b. a signed disposition statement for the degree sought,
c. confidential letters of recommendation from two persons who can comment on your professional
qualifications and/or ability to be successful in graduate work,
d. a brief (1-2 page) resume, and
e. a brief (1-3 page) typed essay describing your educational philosophy and purpose for pursuing
V. Program Requirements
Students must enroll in either the thesis option (33 units) or the non-thesis option (32 units) for the M.Ed. degree. For all students, 18 units of core courses are required, and a minimum of 15 units of courses at the 700-level must be taken. In addition to the 18 units of core courses, thesis-option students take an additional 9 units of electives and 6 thesis units (EDS 797 ). Non-thesis option students take the 18 units of core courses, an additional 12 units of electives, and 2 comprehensive exam units (EDS 795 )
A. Required Courses for all students (18 units)
B. Elective Courses (9 or 12 units for thesis and non-thesis respectively)
C. Comprehensive Exam or Thesis (2 or 6 units)
Comprehensive Exam (2 units) - Required for Non-thesis students ONLY:
NOTE: Students usually take EDS 795 with another course to complete the requirement that they take at least 3 units each semester, otherwise if EDS 795 is taken singly, then you will need to enroll in 3 units, except in the summer when only 2 units are required.
Thesis (6 units) - Required for Thesis students ONLY:
VI. Program Total Hours (32 - 33 units)
VII. Undergraduate Requirements
There are no specific undergraduate prerequisites, but this program is designed for practicing teachers. Qualified applicants will have a valid teaching license.