The graduate Reading/ESOL Specialist program is designed to provide the graduate student seeking advanced educational specialization with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the teaching of reading and writing as well as working with second language learners. The recipient of this degree has the competencies necessary to act as a Reading and ESOL Specialist in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. This program fulfills the standards set forth by the Kansas Department of Education for licensure as a Reading Specialist and ESOL endorsement and with the recommendations and guidelines of such professional groups as the International Literacy Association.

Students seeking the MEd in reading/ESOL must complete a thirty-one hour graduate program which includes a core curriculum of graduate courses and twenty-five credit hours of specialized coursework in reading/ESOL. Students apply for a school specialist license and ESOL endorsement upon completion of the MEd. All degree-seeking students must complete a capstone experience. See the advisors for details.

Student Learning Outcomes for MEd - Reading/ESOL Specialist

At the conclusion of the program, candidates are expected to have:

  • acquired the ability to understand theories of the reading and language acquisition processes and the variables that may impact students engaged in them;
  • demonstrated the ability to select, administer, analyze, and use data from all forms of assessment instruments to understand the learner’s literacy and language acquisition strengths and challenges;
  • acquired extensive knowledge of current, research-based instructional practices and interventions in literacy and be able to select and use them appropriately in meeting all struggling readers’ needs;
  • demonstrated the ability to create and implement appropriate plans for all learners who struggle with reading and writing (P-12) and to monitor for student progress towards literacy goals, and adjust instruction as necessary;
  • developed the ability to provide staff development for teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, school boards, parents, the community, the media, and others who need to be informed about research and instructional practices in literacy; and
  • acquired the tools and the desire to continue to grow professionally and to serve as a literacy leader.

Program of Study

The Portfolio/Oral Exam Capstone

This option will require documentation and its interpretation related to the licensure/degree objectives of a program. A student will develop a portfolio that demonstrates how each objective of the program was achieved and at what competency level. The student will be required to complete a program evaluation with suggestions for its improvement. An oral examination with the three- member committee is required after each committee member has reviewed the portfolio. The examining committee will consist of the advisor and at least two other faculty members. 

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