Reading and Language Arts M.S.

The MS in Reading and Language Arts Cohort program for students in Jamaica is currently not available for new applications.  Please contact Sam Sharpe Teacher's College coordinator, Karla Rodney at Karlarodney@yahoo.com or Mico University coordinator, Pauline White at themicouniversitycollge@yahoo.com to provide your name, home address, and email address in order to receive future correspondence once the program re-opens for new applications.

Program Rationale:

The Master of Science degree in Reading and Language Arts is designed to prepare literacy professionals who are knowledgeable and competent in providing quality support, who can enhance students' literacy learning, and who meet the standards for reading professionals as defined by the International Reading Association and by state mandates. The master's program offers three strands. Strand I: Classroom Instruction in Reading and Language Arts (30 credits) is designed to prepare teachers for teaching reading and language arts to diverse groups of students in a classroom context. Strand II: Reading-Mathematics (30 credits) is designed to prepare teachers to teach both literacy and numeracy to diverse groups of students in a classroom context. Strand III: Corrective and Remedial Reading and Language Arts (30 credits) is designed to prepare teachers to become reading specialists in compliance with the state standards for advanced certification in remedial reading and remedial language arts.

The candidate's planned program of graduate study totals a minimum of 30 credits and must include the following: either Plan A: RDG 599 Thesis (6 credits) or RDG 599 (3 credits) and RDG 598 Seminar in Reading and Language Arts Research (3 credits) or Plan B: RDG 598 Seminar in Reading and Language Arts Research (3 credits) and Comprehensive Exam, including a field of study (27 credits).

A planned program of graduate study will be developed by the candidate and the program advisor. Based on the program advisor's evaluation of candidate's needs, background, and experiences in reading and language arts, a candidate may need to complete additional coursework for his/her planned program of graduate study and therefore may exceed the minimum of 30 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes:

The Master of Science degree program in Reading and Language Arts is based on the IRA/NCTE standards for reading professionals. In order to prepare knowledgeable and competent reading and language arts classroom teachers and/or reading specialists, students in the program are expected to:

  • meet the IRA standards for reading professionals;
  • provide leadership, through modeling and mentoring colleagues and other support staff, and acquire a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to facilitate their reading and writing instruction;
  • be knowledgeable in various assessments appropriate for a wide range of diversity in the classroom, including technologically based assessments, and are able to select, administer, and interpret assessments to enhance student learning and to communicate results to educational stakeholders;
  • create a literate environment to facilitate successful reading and writing for all children; and
  • continue to be lifelong learners and scholars, through reading, research, and professional development, and leaders in advocating to advance the professional research base to expand knowledge-based practices.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

To apply to the Reading and Language Arts Master of Science degrees a candidate must submit an application for graduate admission, official transcripts directly from institution to institution, and application fee to the CCSU Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Additional Materials Required:

A candidate must also submit an application to the Department of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education. The Departmental application requires letters of recommendation, resume, interview by the department, and copy of teaching certificate.

Candidates seeking only endorsement (not MS) as a Reading and Language Arts Consultant in the State of Connecticut must apply to the School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education for admission to the Advanced Official Certificate Program. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Reading and Language Arts program, the candidates must have completed a Masters of Science degree in Reading and Language Arts.

For more information on admission requirements and process, check the department website at www.ccsu.edu/literacy or call 860-832-2175.

Course and Capstone Requirements:

Strand in Classroom Instruction in Reading and Language Arts (non-certification track)

The Strand in Classroom Instruction in Reading and Language Arts totals 30 credits. The candidate's planned program of graduate study requires the following reading and language arts courses:

RDG 589Creative Language Arts

3

LLA 502Developmental Reading in PreK-12

3

LLA 508Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

3

and includes courses from the following:

RDG 502Current Trends in Developmental Reading PK-12

3

RDG 569Folktelling Art and Technique

3

RDG 579Technology in Reading & Language Arts Instruction

3

RDG 582Introduction to Critical Literacy

3

RDG 586Literacy Instruction for Diverse Populations I

3

RDG 587Bibliotherapy

3

Total Credit Hours:30

Strand in Reading-Mathematics (non-certification track)

The strand in Reading-Mathematics totals 30 credits. The candidate's planned program of graduate study requires the following reading and language arts courses:

RDG 589Creative Language Arts

3

LLA 502Developmental Reading in PreK-12

3

LLA 508Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

3

and includes courses from the following:

RDG 502Current Trends in Developmental Reading PK-12

3

RDG 579Technology in Reading & Language Arts Instruction

3

RDG 582Introduction to Critical Literacy

3

RDG 586Literacy Instruction for Diverse Populations I

3

Total Credit Hours:30

The remaining 12-15 credits are mathematics courses recommended by the department of mathematical sciences.

Strand in Corrective and Remedial Reading and Language Arts (certification track)

The Strand in Corrective and Remedial Reading and Language Arts requires 36 credits of core courses, which are:

LLA 502Developmental Reading in PreK-12

3

LLA 504Literacy Instruction for English Learners

2

LLA 506Decoding and Spelling Instruction

1

LLA 508Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

3

 

LLA 510Teaching Writing in Elementary Schools

3

or

LLA 512Teaching Children's Literature

3

 

LLA 514Diagnosis and Intervention of Reading and Language Arts Difficulties I

3

LLA 516Diagnosis and Intervention of Reading and Language Arts Difficulties II

3

LLA 518Clinical Practices in Literacy and Language Arts

6

LLA 520Seminar in Literacy Research and Assessments

3

LLA 522Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Reading & Language Arts Programs

3

LLA 524Practicum for Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach I

3

LLA 526Practicum for Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach II

3

Total Credit Hours:36

Capstone

Comprehensive Exam

 

or

 

RDG 599Thesis

3 TO 6

Total Credit Hours:0-6