2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Reading - Master of Science in Education - Non-certification

This multifaceted, online Master of Science in Education in Reading Program is designed to meet the needs of educators who are interested in ongoing professional development in reading education. At least 15 credits need to be at the 700 or above level.


Applicants for admission to any of the graduate Reading Program tracks (including international students applying to the Master of Science without certification program) must meet all the requirements established for general admission to graduate studies at UWL.  

In addition, applicants to one of the Reading Program tracks with certification (Reading Teacher with Master of Science, Reading Teacher and Specialist with Master of Science, Reading Teacher Add-On Certification) must also submit copies of teaching licenses or certificates. Applicants to these programs who do not have a teaching license or certificate must show proof of:

  • Completion of student teaching or equivalent in pre K-12 schools,
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree
  • Eligibility to be certified or licensed as a pre K-12 teacher

Reading Teacher (1316) or Reading Specialist (5017) certification is contingent upon:

  • Satisfactory completion of appropriate Reading Program coursework, associated experiences, and artifacts (thesis, portfolio, etc.)
  • Passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT; score of 240 or higher),
  • Successful completion of at least two years of teaching at the pre K-12 level.


(30 credits)

Required courses (19-21 credits)
EDS 600Research in Education3
RDG 601Literacy and Language Development for Diverse Learners3
RDG 702Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
RDG 703Literacy Assessment and Instruction3
RDG 712Critical Issues in Reading Difficulties3
RDG 714Literacy Practicum1-3
RDG 715Children's and Adolescent Literature3
Master's thesis (required)3-6
Master's Thesis
Electives (select as many needed to total 30 credits in program)3-8
Research Methods in Reading
Advanced Literacy Assessment and Instruction
Special Topics Seminar in Reading Education
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Policies and Program Models
TESOL National/International Internship Program
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Methods
Supervision of Student Teaching

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (non-slash courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
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