Reading Concentration

At the crux of educating children is teaching them how to read and process information. As a reading specialist, you will be prepared to help students learn in any subject and enhance your own chances for advancing your career. In Fontbonne University’s Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in reading, students will earn a master’s degree in education with the option of obtaining reading specialist endorsement from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. There is a growing need for reading specialists in public and private schools throughout Missouri and the country.

Concentration Highlights

  • Format: Offered online or face-to-face
  • 16-week courses
  • Master’s degree requires 32 credit hours. The reading specialist certificate may require additional hours.
  • Online students receive the same top-notch education as our on-campus students.
  • Professors are experienced practitioners.
  • Individuals interested in limited coursework for the purpose of meeting credentialing requirements as reading specialists are welcome to enroll in select courses.

Educator's Discount

FinancialAid_Scholarships_Educators In appreciation of the services offered to our community by educators at all levels, Fontbonne University offers a 15 percent discount to qualified individuals enrolled in graduate coursework.

Qualified educators include those who work at least half-time in a nursery school, a pre-K through 12 school system or post-secondary institution.

A discount application form is available from the Fontbonne admission representative or program director with whom you are working. The form must be completed each semester or enrollment term to receive the discount.

Specialty Course Requirements within the 32 Hour Degree Program

  • EDU 549

    Foundations of Reading Instruction

    3 hours

    Study of the foundations of reading pedagogy, practice,
    theory, and research. This graduate course addresses
    concepts of emerging literacy, comprehension of narrative
    and expository texts, use of literature and text media,
    interactions between reading and writing, development of
    vocabulary and decoding, classroom organization, and
    various forms of formal and informal assessment.

  • EDU 553

    Assessment and Teaching of Students with Reading Difficulties

    3 hours

    A review of tests and instruments such as cognitive
    achievement, informal, and affective are used to assess
    students with reading difficulties. A reading case report
    based on documented strengths and needs of a student
    with reading disabilities is developed. Analysis and
    remedial teaching processes to address those needs are
    practiced. Prerequisite: EDU 549.

  • EDU 583

    Practicum in Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

    3 hours

    This course offers a case study approach to the diagnosis
    and correction of reading difficulties, applications of
    diagnostic instruments, and correctional strategies with
    hands-on application of these practices. A supervised
    practicum of 40 hours working with an elementary and a
    secondary student is required. Data collected is translated
    into teaching prescriptions. Practicum students prepare a
    parent/family literacy project. Prerequisite: EDU 553.
    Background Check Required.

  • EDU 584

    Practicum in the Remediation ofReading Difficulties II

    3 credits

    This course offers a case study approach to identification of instructional goals, remedial  teaching strategies, selection of instructional materials, and assessment of learning progress. A supervised practicum of 40 hours working with an elementary and secondary student is required. Practicum students will develop a PowerPoint presentation to teach educational colleagues strategies for improving reading. Prerequisite: EDU 583.  Background Check Required.

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