This is an unofficial description for this program. For official information check the Academic Catalog.
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, who can enhance students' literacy learning, and who meet the standards for reading professionals as defined by the International Literacy Association and by state mandates. The master's program offers four strands:
Strand I: Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach (36 credits). It is designed to prepare teachers to become reading specialists language arts consultants/literacy coaches in compliance with the state standards for advanced certification in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts (102 certification), as well as in Reading and Language Arts Consultant (097certification).
Strand II: Reading Specialist (30 credits). It 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 (102 certification).
Strand III: Literacy Education (30 credits). It is designed to prepare teachers for teaching reading and language arts to diverse groups of students in a classroom context.
Strand IV: Literacy & Mathematics Education (30 credits). It is designed to prepare teachers to teach both literacy and numeracy to diverse groups of students in a classroom context.
Program Learning Outcomes
The Master of Science degree program in Reading and Language Arts is based on the ILA standards for reading professionals. In order to prepare knowledgeable and competent reading and language arts classroom teachers, reading specialists, or literacy coaches, students in the program are expected to:
-meet the ILA 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;
-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.
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. A minimum of one year teaching experience is preferred.
To apply to the Reading and Language Arts Master of Science degree a candidate must submit an application for graduate admission, official transcripts, and application fee to the CCSU Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.
Additional Materials Required:
A candidate must also submit a copy of his/her teaching certificate with the application for graduate admissions. Instructions for uploading the certificate will be found within the online graduate application.
Candidates seeking ONLY endorsement (not MS) as a Reading and Language Arts Consultant in the State of Connecticut must apply to the School of Graduate Studies for admission to the Advanced Official Certificate Program (AdvOCP). The candidates must have completed a Master's or a 6th Year Certificate in Reading and Language Arts that led to the 102 certification (Remedial Reading and Remedial Lang. Arts) before applying to the AdvOCP.
For more information on admissions requirements check the department website at www.ccsu.edu/literacy or call 860-832-2175.
Course and Capstone Requirements:
Depending on the chosen strand, the candidate's planned program of graduate study will include 30 or 36 credits of field study and either Plan A: LLA 599 Thesis (3 credits) or Plan B: Comprehensive Exam. A planned program of 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 study and therefore may exceed the 30 or 36 credits.
Strand I in Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach (certification track)
The Strand in Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach requires 36 credits of courses and a choice between Plan A and Plan B.
Strand II in Reading Specialist (certification track)
The strand in Reading Specialist requires 30 credits of courses and a choice between Plan A and Plan B.
The remaining 6 credits come from reading and language arts courses and are decided in consultation with program advisor.
Strand III in Literacy Education
The strand in Literacy Education requires 30 credits of courses and a choice between Plan A and Plan B.
The remaining 15 credits come from reading and language arts courses and are decided in consultation with program advisor.
Strand IV in Literacy & Mathematics Education
The strand in Literacy & Mathematics Education requires 30 credits of courses and a choice between Plan A and Plan B.
The remaining 15 credits come from mathematics courses recommended by the Department of Mathematical Sciences.