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Master of Science, Reading and Language Arts and Advanced Certificate Program

 

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, to 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.

CCSU has contractual arrangements with institutions of higher education in Jamaica. Under the auspices of these agreements the Reading and Language Arts Department offers its master’s degree to Jamaican educators wishing to update their educational credentials. Fifteen credits of the program are offered on site in Jamaica; students accepted to the program must attend 9 credits on the CCSU campus to complete all requirements.

 

 

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 Department of Reading and Language Arts Master of Science degree or Sixth-Year Certificate program, a candidate must submit a graduate admission application, official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University), and the application fee directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. Additional admission requirements for the Master of Science degree program in Reading and Language Arts are explained in the admissions packet which can be downloaded from the department website at www.reading.ccsu.edu/Applications/ Program_Applications.htm.

 Admission requirements include (1) letters of recommendation, (2) application essay, (3) department interview*, (4) teaching certification and experience qualifications, and (5) basic computer literacy. A Connecticut teaching certification and a special education course are required for candidates seeking endorsement as remedial reading and language arts teachers or reading and language arts consultants. Candidates seeking endorsement as a Reading and Language Arts Consultant in the State of Connecticut must apply to the School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Reading and Language Arts for admission to the Advanced Official Certificate Program. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Reading and Language Arts program, the candidate must have completed a Master of Science degree in Reading and Language Arts.

*The Reading & Language Arts Department conducts interviews with applicants for the fall semesters on the second Saturday in May, from 9:30a.m. - 1:00p.m. in Henry Barnard Hall, room 229, and interviews for applicants for the spring semesters are conducted the second Saturday in December, from 9:30a.m.  - 1:00p.m. in Henry Barnard Hall, room 229.

 Electronic Program Portfolio: An Electronic Program Portfolio (EPP) is required of all Master of Science degree and Sixth-Year Certificate candidates graduating from the Department of Reading and Language Arts. The candidate and the program advisor develop the e-portfolio during the course work phase of the candidate’s program. The e-portfolio will be a reflection of candidate competencies from areas recommended by the Connecticut State Department of Education and the International Reading Association. Evidence of membership to a state/regional, national and/or international professional organization in Reading and Language Arts, as well as attendance or participation in state/regional and/or national/international conferences for each year a candidate is enrolled in the program must be included in the e-portfolio.

 CCSU “NT” Account: A CCSU “NT” account is required for all courses in the graduate programs in Reading and Language Arts. An “NT” account may be obtained via the CCSU Computer Center.

 Program Evaluation: Candidates in the Master of Science degree and Sixth-Year Certificate program in Reading and Language Arts must meet with their program advisor—for evaluation of their academic performance, disposition, and work experience with diverse groups—three times throughout their program of study. A Master of Science degree candidate must meet with his/her program advisor (1) following completion of 15 graduate credits towards planned program of study, (2) after 24 graduate credits toward planned program of study or for approval for comprehensive exam or thesis writing, and (3) for final evaluation during the graduation semester. A Sixth-Year degree candidate must meet with his/her program advisor (1) following completion of 15 graduate credits toward planned program of study, (2) after 24 graduate credits towards planned program of study or upon completion of RDG 696 Practicum for Reading and Language Arts Consultants, and (3) for final evaluation during the graduation semester. All candidates are expected to have their electronic program portfolio and Work Experience with Diverse Groups chart accessible for evaluation. Failure to comply with program evaluation schedule may result in a registration block the following semester.

 

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 503 Developmental Reading in PK–12
RDG 585 Reading in Content Area
RDG 589 Creative Language Arts and includes courses from the following:
RDG 502 Current Trends in Developmental Reading PK–12
RDG 569 Folktelling Art and Technique
RDG 578 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Schools
RDG 579 Technology in Reading & Language Arts Instruction

RDG 582 Introduction to Critical Literacy
RDG 586 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Populations I
RDG 587 Bibliotherapy
RDG 588 Teaching Children’s Literature

 

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 503 Developmental Reading in PK–12
RDG 585 Reading in Content Area
RDG 589 Creative Language Arts and includes courses from the following:
RDG 502 Current Trends in Developmental Reading PK–12
RDG 578 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Schools
RDG 579 Technology in Reading and Language Arts Instruction
RDG 582 Introduction to Critical Literacy
RDG 586 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Population I
RDG 588 Teaching Children’s Literature

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 totals 30 credits and requires the clinical sequence—RDG 594, 595, and 596—and the following courses:
RDG 503 Developmental Reading in PK–12
RDG 585 Reading in Content Area
RDG 589 Creative Language Arts


The rest of a candidate’s planned program of graduate study may include courses from the following:
RDG 502 Current Trends in Developmental Reading PK–12
RDG 569 Folktelling Art and Technique
RDG 578 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Schools
RDG 579 Technology in Reading and Language Arts Instruction
RDG 582 Introduction to Critical Literacy

RDG 586 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Population I
RDG 587 Bibliotherapy
RDG 588 Teaching Children’s Literature

 

READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS: ADVANCED OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE

This is a non-degree program providing coursework to lead to endorsement as a Reading and Language Arts Consultant in the State of Connecticut. Candidates are expected to have a Master of Science degree in Reading and Language Arts and to take courses required by the State of Connecticut for Reading and Language Arts Consultant Certification, including prerequisite courses when necessary. The required courses are as follows, for a total of 15 to 27 credits of course work:

RDG 588 Teaching Children’s Literature
RDG 692 Specialized Diagnosis & Remedial Techniques
RDG 694 Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Reading and Language Arts Programs
RDG 696 Practicum for Reading and Language Arts Consultants
RDG 697 Practicum for Reading and Language Arts Consultants II

Required prerequisites:
RDG 594 Diagnosis of Reading & Language Arts Difficulties
RDG 595 Remedial & Corrective Techniques in Reading & Language Arts
RDG 596 Clinical Practices in Reading & Language Arts

 


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