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Graduate Curriculum

Reading Specialist

Special Education

 


 

Cited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for its "innovative programmatic and curricular design," the graduate education program breaks away from traditional programming. It reflects and respects the learning styles and schedules of adult learners. TED has three specializations: Reading Specialist, Instructional Technology, and Special Education.

The Instructional Technology and Special Education graduate education programs offer participants a common body of necessary skills and knowledge through a common 12-credit core requirement. It then allows students to pursue an area of interest by specializing in one of two focus areas —instructional technology, (18 credits), and special education (see Tracks 1 through 4 for credit totals). Each program includes courses appropriate to the specialization and the opportunity to participate in additional elective courses, as well as independent and directed studies. The program's unique culminating experiences asks students to share what they have learned in their programs with colleagues by developing and implementing an in-service workshop.

Reading Specialist

School district superintendents are increasingly emphasizing the need for teachers to have a strong background in the teaching of reading. The Reading Specialist program enables teachers who are already certified to obtain both a Reading Specialist Certificate and a master’s degree in education with a specialization in reading. The Reading Specialist Certification requires 24 credit hours and successful completion of the Reading Specialist PRAXIS exam. The Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Reading requires an additional 12 credits and completion of a culminating experience.

Reading Specialist Certificate Courses (24 credits):

EDU 641 Foundations of Language and Literacy
EDU 642 Word Study
EDU 647 Reading and Writing for English Language Learners
EDU 648 Special Education and the Reading Specialist
EDU 649 The Reading and Writing Connection
EDU 650 Reading in the Content Area
EDU 645 Diagnosis, Assessment and Remediation
EDU 645-A Reading Specialist Internship
EDU 646 Data Driven Instruction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masters degree candidates must complete the following additional courses (12 credits):

EDU 651 Reading Leadership
EDU 515 Research Methods
EDU 565 Staff Development
EDU 595 Professional Contribution

 

 

 

 

  

Special Education

The special education specialization is unique in that three different pathways, or tracks, to a masters degree and/or certification are offered. Track 1 addresses the needs of educators who hold an Instructional I or II Certificate in Special Education. Track 2 addresses the needs of educators who already possess an Instruction I or II Certificate in Elementary Education. Educators pursing Track 3 hold and Instructional I or II, but not in Elementary or Special Education.

Candidates for certification must also meet requirements set by PDE. For example, they must satisfactorily complete the testing requirements set by PDE, and in some cases, the student teaching requirement.

Core (choose 12 credits):

EDU 500 Issues in Education
EDU 504 Curriculum
EDU 510 Learning
EDU 515 Research Methods
EDU 567 Issues in Educational Technology
EDU 517 Special Education
EDU 539 Learning Strategies
EDU 509 Assessment
EDU 573 Teaching in ESL Programs: Theory and Practice
12 credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Required core course

 Track 1

EDU 517 Special Education*
EDU 515 Research Methods*
EDU 526 Characteristics I
EDU 527 Characteristics II
EDU 528 Methods I
EDU 509 Assessment*
EDU 529 Methods II
EDU 519 Inclusion
EDU 539 Learning Strategies*
EDU 585 Special Topics
EDU 575 Masters Project(6 credits)
36 credits (including core course)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 2

EDU 517 Special Education*
EDU 515 Research Methods*
EDU 526 Characteristics I
EDU 527 Characteristics II
EDU 528 Methods I
EDU 509 Assessment*
EDU 529 Methods II
EDU 519 Inclusion
EDU 539 Learning Strategies*
EDU 585 Special Topics
EDU 575 Masters Project(6 credits)
EDU 576 Observation and Practice (0-3 credits)
37 credits (including core courses)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Track 3

EDU 517 Special Education*
EDU 515 Research Methods*
EDU 526 Characteristics I
EDU 527 Characteristics II
EDU 528 Methods I
EDU 509 Assessment*
EDU 529 Methods II
EDU 519 Inclusion
EDU 539 Learning Strategies*
EDU 520 Reading Methods
EDU 524 Writing/LA Methods
EDU 525 Math Methods
EDU 576 Masters Project(6 credits)
EDU 577 Field (0 credits)
43 credits (including core courses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culminating Activity

As a culminating activity, students are required to develop and deliver a professional contribution, which is a project in which they attempt to create curricular change through staff development. They first participate in a 3-credit course in staff development, during which they develop their projects.

During a subsequent semester, they formally deliver their projects to a group of colleagues or to a professional group.

EDU 565 Staff Development
EDU 595 Professional Contribution