Master of Education with a major in Reading Instruction

University of West Georgia
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 30

Program Description

The M.Ed. in Reading Instruction program at the University of West Georgia is offered to educators certified in teaching who desire graduate-level study and competence in literacy theories, research, and instructional practices. The Reading Instruction program is fully online and consists of 30 credit hours. The program is designed for the needs of working professional educators. Coursework is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), aligned with International Literacy Association (ILA) and International Dyslexia Association (IDA) standards, and designed to provide focused professional development for certified teachers in the assessment and instruction of literacy. Candidates learn research-based strategies aligned with structured literacy (science of reading) and balanced/interactive literacy as complementary approaches to effective reading and literacy instruction. Candidates also develop proficiency in teaching speaking, listening, reading, and writing as interrelated skills that influence students’ literacy development. The program prepares graduates to serve as literacy specialists and instructional leaders in their respective schools and districts.

Graduates in the program develop professional excellence by:

  • Understanding literacy theory and research and how they influence assessment and instruction for effective reading and writing best practices across content areas.
  • Leading inquisitive learning through technology and culturally responsive instruction to motivate all learners.
  • Engaging learners in developing critical stances through collaborative interactions during reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing for life-long learning.
  • Improving literacy curricula to enhance student literacy achievement.

Admissions Information

Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

  • 2.7 GPA
  • T4 clear and renewable Teaching Certificate, or the equivalent in your state
  • 3 years of teaching experience

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges