Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Reading and Language Arts

 

Faculty

Helen R. Abadiano (Chair, Barnard 2090000), Elene Demos, Julia Kara-Soteriou, Catherine Kurkjian, Cara M. Mulcahy, Jesse Turner, Lynda Valerie, Kenneth J. Weiss (Dept. phone: 860-832-2175; Dept. website: www.reading.ccsu.edu))

 

Department Overview

The Department of Reading and Language Arts is committed to promoting and enhancing quality instruction in reading and language arts. Preparing literacy leaders for service in our communities is the overarching mission of the department and is consistent with and closely aligned to the theme of preparing leaders for service in our communities embraced by the School of Education and Professional Studies. The underlying principles of our mission are derived from our professional standards as defined by the International Reading Association and NCTE and by state mandates. Accordingly, the department offers a Master of Science degree program and a Sixth-Year Certificate in Reading and Language Arts. The Master of Science degree offers strands in Classroom Instruction in Reading and Language Arts, and Corrective and Remedial Reading and Language Arts. The master's program also offers a strand in Reading-Mathematics. The strand in Corrective and Remedial Reading and Language Arts leads to a reading specialist certification by the State of Connecticut. The Sixth-Year Certificate program may include courses leading to a reading consultant certification by the State of Connecticut. An Advanced Official Certificate Program in Reading and Language Arts is also available for candidates who have completed a Master of Science degree in Reading and Language Arts. All programs require practicum, clinical, or field-based experiences under close supervision in order to provide candidates with opportunities to apply their skills. The Department of Reading and Language Arts collaborates with the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program in offering a specialty area in literacy leading to consultant certification. It is also home to the Central Connecticut Writing Project under the National Writing Project.

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 12 credits on the CCSU campus to complete all requirements.

 

Admission

To apply to the Department of Reading and Language Arts Master of Science degree or Sixth-Year Certificate program, a candidate must submit an application for graduate admission, official copies of transcripts, and application fee directly to the School of Graduate Studies. Other 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.

 

Program Requirements

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. EPP is also required for candidates in the Advanced Official Certification Program. 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 advisors-for evaluation of their academic performances, dispositions, and work experiences with diverse groups-three times throughout their programs 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. Candidates in the Advanced Official Certification Program must meet with program advisor for evaluation of their academic performance, disposition, and work experience with diverse groups, following an agreed evaluation schedule as indicated in their planned program of study. All candidates are expected to have their electronic program portfolios and Work Experience with Diverse Groups charts accessible for evaluation. Failure to comply with program evaluation schedule may result in a registration block the following semester.

 

Planned Program of Graduate Study

Following admission to the Master of Science degree and Sixth-Year Certificate program in Reading and Language Arts, candidates must meet with their assigned program advisors to complete planned programs of graduate study. Only courses approved in the planned program of study will be counted toward graduation.

 

Note: M.S. and Sixth-Year Certificate candidates may transfer up to six credits of courses, including on-line courses, from accredited institutions upon recommendation of the program advisor and approval of the department chair. No transfer credits will be allowed after a candidate's planned program of study has been approved.

 

Programs

Master of Science Degree Programs in Reading and Language Arts

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.

 

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.

 

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 3

RDG 585 Reading in Content Area 3

RDG 589 Creative Language Arts 3

 

and includes courses from the following:

RDG 502 Current Trends in Developmental Reading PK-12 3

RDG 569 Folktelling Art and Technique 3

RDG 578 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Schools 3

RDG 579 Technology in Reading & Language Arts Instruction 3

RDG 582 Introduction to Critical Literacy 3

RDG 586 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Populations I 3

RDG 587 Bibliotherapy 3

RDG 588 Teaching Children's Literature 3

 

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 3

RDG 585 Reading in Content Area 3

RDG 589 Creative Language Arts 3

 

and includes courses from the following:

RDG 502 Current Trends in Developmental Reading PK-12 3

RDG 578 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Schools 3

RDG 579 Technology in Reading and Language Arts Instruction 3

RDG 582 Introduction to Critical Literacy 3

RDG 586 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Population I 3

RDG 588 Teaching Children's Literature 3

 

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 3

RDG 585 Reading in Content Area 3

RDG 589 Creative Language Arts 3

 

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 3

RDG 569 Folktelling Art and Technique 3

RDG 578 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Schools 3

RDG 579 Technology in Reading and Language Arts Instruction 3

RDG 582 Introduction to Critical Literacy 3

RDG 586 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Population I 3

RDG 587 Bibliotherapy 3

RDG 588 Teaching Children's Literature 3

 

SIXTH-YEAR CERTIFICATE IN READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Program Rationale:

The Sixth-Year Certificate in Reading and Language Arts program leads to the award of the professional certificate. This program may include course work required for endorsement as a Reading and Language Arts Consultant in the State of Connecticut. The certification-track program is designed to provide opportunities for the candidate to examine reading and language arts from a perspective beyond classroom teaching. The candidate's planned program of graduate study is developed by the candidate and the program advisor. Course requirements will be based on the candidate's needs in terms of fulfilling professional and personal goals. Related areas of study may be developed in disciplines such as Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Mathematics, and Special Education. A minimum of 15 credits of 600-level courses is required in both the certification track and the non-certification track programs for the certificate.

 

Program Learning Outcomes:

The Sixth-Year Certificate in Reading and Language Arts program expands on CCSU's master of science degree program in reading and language arts and is based on the IRA/NCTE standards for reading professionals. In order to prepare knowlegeable and competent literacy professionals and/or literacy coaches, students in the program are expected to:

  • meet the IRA standards for reading professionals and/or the Connecticut state standards for advanced certifications in reading and language arts;

  • provide leadership through modeling and mentoring to ensure that classroom teachers and other support staff acquire a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to facilitate their reading and writing instruction;

  • be knowledgeable of various assessments appropriate for a wide range of diversity in the classroom, including technologically based assessments, and able to mentor and support classroom teachers and other professionals in the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessments to enhance student learning and to communicate results to education stakeholders;

  • support and mentor classroom teachers and other professionals in creating 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 planning and implementing professional development programs for teachers and other professionals, as well as in advocating to advance the professional research base to expand knowledge-based practices.

 

Course and Capstone Requirements:

Reading/Language Arts Consultant Certification Track

The candidate's planned program of study totals a minimum of 30 credits and must include the following:

RDG 588 Teaching Children's Literature 3

RDG 692 Specialized Diagnosis and Remedial Techniques 3

RDG 694 Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Reading & Language Arts Programs 3

RDG 696 Practicum for Reading and Language Arts Consultants 3

RDG 697 Practicum for Reading and Language Arts Consultants II 3

RDG 698 Research Seminar 3

 

Required prerequisites:

RDG 503 Developmental Reading in PK-12 3

RDG 585 Reading in Content Area 3

RDG 589 Creative Language Arts 3

RDG 594 Diagnosis of Reading and Language Arts Difficulties 3

RDG 595 Remedial and Corrective Techniques in Reading & Language Arts 3

RDG 596 Clinical Practices in Reading & Language Arts 6

 

A candidate may need to complete additional coursework for his/her planned program of study and therefore may exceed the minimum of 30 credits.

 

Sixth-Year Certification in Reading and Language Arts Non-Certification Track

Research (3 credits):

RDG 698 Research Seminar 3

 

Related Area of Study (6 credits)

 

Area of Specialization (15-18 credits)

 

Electives (3-6 credits)

 

Required prerequisites:

RDG 503 Developmental Reading in PK-12 3

RDG 585 Reading in Content Area 3

RDG 589 Creative Language Arts 3

 

Advanced Official Certificate Program in Reading and Language Arts

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 3

RDG 692 Specialized Diagnosis & Remedial Techniques 3

RDG 694 Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Reading and Language Arts Programs 3

RDG 696 Practicum for Reading and Language Arts Consultants 3

RDG 697 Practicum for Reading and Language Arts Consultants II 3

 

Required prerequisites:

RDG 594 Diagnosis of Reading & Language Arts Difficulties 3

RDG 595 Remedial & Corrective Techniques in Reading & Language Arts 3

RDG 596 Clinical Practices in Reading & Language Arts 6

 

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