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Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Reading Specialist

The Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Reading Specialist program is designed for elementary and secondary certified teachers who want to expand their professional literacy knowledge and practices to become literacy leaders in K-12 settings. Coursework, practicum experiences, and research will prepare candidates to provide instruction for large and small groups as well as individual students, and engage in the practices of coaching faculty members and facilitating professional development. Learning to read and reading to learn are integral to a student’s education; the reading specialist/literary coach is the leader who support growth for students and their teachers.

EDU 557 Leadership Seminar I 
EDU 567  Learning Theory and Practice 
EDU 543  Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Educational Research 
EDU 586  Techniques of Teaching Reading/Writing 
EDU 551
EDU 542 
Reading/Writing in Content Areas II (Required for Elementary Teachers)

Instruction in Reading (Required for Secondary Teachers) 
EDU 556  Technology for Instruction and Management 
EDU 612  Instructional Intervention for Classroom and Clinical Settings 
EDU 618  Resource Role of the Literacy Specialist 
EDU 629  Role of the Literacy Coach 
EDU 691  Practicum: Application of Intervention in a Clinical Setting
EDU 584 Teaching Writing to Elementary and Middle School Students
+1 Elective  

Prerequisites for this program:

Materials for Teaching Reading (Children’s Literature)
Instruction of Reading
Processes and Acquisition of Reading
Assessment of Reading

Teaching Reading/Writing Content Area I
Teaching Reading/Writing Content Area II 

Must pass Reading Specialist Praxis II by the end of program.

ePortfolio Required

Certification:  Reading Specialist

All programs offered by the School of Education at Notre Dame of Maryland University are NCATE and MSDE approved.

For additional information please contact:
Main campus/other locations
Ms. Donna Schissler
School of Education
Academic Advisor

Southern Maryland
Dr. Karen Wooten 
School of Education
Associate Dean 


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