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Regis University’s Master of Education with added endorsement in Reading is designed to provide in-depth teacher preparation in literacy instruction for teachers in Colorado.
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M.Ed. Added Endorsement: Reading Specialist

Degree Overview

Ideal for those who already possess a teaching license and are seeking additional credentials, our M.Ed. with an added endorsement in Reading provides learners with a graduate degree that enhances the teaching of literacy, including reading, writing, speaking, viewing and language development for all populations. The curriculum covers a variety of teaching strategies and assessments that emphasize current, research-based best practices reflecting state literacy standards.

The Reading Specialist Endorsement is available for licensed teachers in Colorado only. The program requires a practicum that can be completed in the teacher's own classroom. It is a great option for interventionists or those interested in a literacy instruction role, elementary teachers and special education teachers.

Designed by practicing professionals, the M.Ed. with an added endorsement in Reading is primarily an online program. Although a few classes may be offered on campus as they are taken by other endorsement areas, this program is designed to be fast paced and for current educators.

Current teachers not wishing to complete an entire Master of Education degree can take up to 9 credit hours as a non-degree seeking student. Plus, our Teacher Education program is nationally approved through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Licensed educators and paraprofessionals are eligible to receive a 10% preferred tuition discount for teacher education courses at CPS. Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for details.

The M.Ed. in Reading has three distinct program options, two of which result in a Colorado Licensure Endorsement in Reading:

  • Track 1 - Reading M.Ed., Non-Endorsement: Any licensed teacher is eligible for this track. Since this program is online, teachers can reside in any state. This program option does not require a practicum; instead, students complete a final capstone project.
  • Track 2 - Reading Teacher Endorsement: This Colorado Teacher Licensure Endorsement is available for licensed teachers in Colorado and Wyoming only. This program option requires completion of all Reading M.Ed. course work and the Reading Teacher PLACE exam. After the PLACE exam is passed, students are required to complete a university-supervised practicum; which in most cases, can be completed in the teacher's own classroom.
  • Track 3 - Reading Specialist Endorsement: This Colorado Teacher Licensure Endorsement is available for licensed teachers in Colorado only. This program option requires completion of all Reading M.Ed. course work and the Reading Specialist PLACE exam. After the PLACE exam is passed, students are required to complete and university-supervised practicum; which in most cases, can be completed in the teacher's own classroom.

Total M.Ed - Reading Specialist Endorsement Requirements: 30 credit hours

  • Required courses: 27 credit hours
  • Capstone course requirement: 3 credit hours

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 30.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

M.ED. Reading

Capstone/Practicum

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Reading Specialist- take Practicum EDRG 695
Reading Teacher- take Practicum EDRG 694
Non-Licensure- take Capstone Project EDRG 697

EDRG 602 - Reading/Writing Connections

Studies the reading and writing connection, different models of literacy process development, and how to teach in an integrated approach. NOTE: Field experience component included.

EDRG 603 - Emergent Literacy

Studies the young learner as he or she learns to read and write. Emphasizes early learning strategies and developmental theory. NOTE: Field experience included.

EDRG 604 - Literacy for the Diverse Learner

Examines current research and strategies for teaching diverse learners who are multi-lingual, multi-cultural, or come from a disadvantaged environment. Also includes information on strategies for students with special needs. NOTE: Field experience included.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 640.

EDRG 606 - Reading Assessment and Intervention

Literacy assessment and diagnostic tools will be utilized and strategies for remediation implemented. Students will create clinic reports based on assessment experiences. Explores affective factors and current issues.Prerequisites: EDRG 603, EDRG 604 and EDRG 644 NOTE: Field experience included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*603 AND EDRG*644;

EDRG 608 - Evidence-Based Reading Techniques

Presents information on evidence-based, advanced techniques in reading instruction, assessment, and remediation. Topics such as state policies, specific disabilities, and program evaluation will also be addressed. Prerequisites: EDRG 603, EDRG 604, EDRG 606 and EDRG 644 or permission of instructor. Note: Field experience required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*644, EDRG*603, EDRG*604, EDRG*606;

EDRG 635 - Reading Strategies/Secondary Student

Reviews basic literacy instructional practices to help all secondary learners in their content areas as well as age appropriate remediation strategies for struggling readers. Prerequisites: EDRG 602, EDRG 603 and EDRG 644. NOTE: Field experience included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*602, EDRG*603 AND EDRG*644;

EDRG 640 - Org/Mgmt of Schl Literacy Prgrms

Prepares teachers, coaches, and reading specialists in the organization and management of school reading programs. Includes information on coaching roles and embedded staff development. Culminates in a capstone project. Prerequisite(s) EDRG 602, EDRG 603, EDRG 604, EDRG 606, EDRG 608, EDRG 635 and EDRG 644. Note: Field experience required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*602 EDRG*603 EDRG*604 EDRG*606 EDRG*608 EDRG*635 AND EDRG*644;

EDRG 644 - Teaching Reading and Writing

Provides graduate students with a variety of methods for teaching reading and writing. Uses current methodologies, research-based instructional practices, and ongoing assessment. Includes instruction and application of the five essential components of reading instruction. Note: Field experience required.

EDRG 653 - Literacy for Students With Special Needs

Focuses on research-based methods and curricula for teaching reading and writing to students with special learning needs. Emphasizes instructional assessment strategies, examines materials and modifications that are effective with special populations. Note: Field experience required.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

EDRG 602 Reading/Writing Connections (3.00)

Studies the reading and writing connection, different models of literacy process development, and how to teach in an integrated approach. NOTE: Field experience component included.

EDRG 603 Emergent Literacy (3.00)

Studies the young learner as he or she learns to read and write. Emphasizes early learning strategies and developmental theory. NOTE: Field experience included.

EDRG 604 Literacy for the Diverse Learner (3.00)

Examines current research and strategies for teaching diverse learners who are multi-lingual, multi-cultural, or come from a disadvantaged environment. Also includes information on strategies for students with special needs. NOTE: Field experience included.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 640.

EDRG 606 Reading Assessment and Intervention (3.00)

Literacy assessment and diagnostic tools will be utilized and strategies for remediation implemented. Students will create clinic reports based on assessment experiences. Explores affective factors and current issues.Prerequisites: EDRG 603, EDRG 604 and EDRG 644 NOTE: Field experience included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*603 AND EDRG*644;

EDRG 608 Evidence-Based Reading Techniques (3.00)

Presents information on evidence-based, advanced techniques in reading instruction, assessment, and remediation. Topics such as state policies, specific disabilities, and program evaluation will also be addressed. Prerequisites: EDRG 603, EDRG 604, EDRG 606 and EDRG 644 or permission of instructor. Note: Field experience required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*644, EDRG*603, EDRG*604, EDRG*606;

EDRG 635 Reading Strategies/Secondary Student (3.00)

Reviews basic literacy instructional practices to help all secondary learners in their content areas as well as age appropriate remediation strategies for struggling readers. Prerequisites: EDRG 602, EDRG 603 and EDRG 644. NOTE: Field experience included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*602, EDRG*603 AND EDRG*644;

EDRG 640 Org/Mgmt of Schl Literacy Prgrms (3.00)

Prepares teachers, coaches, and reading specialists in the organization and management of school reading programs. Includes information on coaching roles and embedded staff development. Culminates in a capstone project. Prerequisite(s) EDRG 602, EDRG 603, EDRG 604, EDRG 606, EDRG 608, EDRG 635 and EDRG 644. Note: Field experience required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*602 EDRG*603 EDRG*604 EDRG*606 EDRG*608 EDRG*635 AND EDRG*644;

EDRG 644 Teaching Reading and Writing (3.00)

Provides graduate students with a variety of methods for teaching reading and writing. Uses current methodologies, research-based instructional practices, and ongoing assessment. Includes instruction and application of the five essential components of reading instruction. Note: Field experience required.

EDRG 653 Literacy for Students With Special Needs (3.00)

Focuses on research-based methods and curricula for teaching reading and writing to students with special learning needs. Emphasizes instructional assessment strategies, examines materials and modifications that are effective with special populations. Note: Field experience required.

EDRG 694 Practicum Reading Teacher (3.00)

Immerses students in literacy leadership scenarios. Experiential involvement, reflection, and application of skills and concepts gleaned from previous classes will be emphasized. Prerequisites: EDRG 602, EDRG 603, EDRG 604, EDRG 606, EDRG 608, EDRG 635, EDRG 640, EDRG 644, EDRG 653. Note: Field Experience required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*602, EDRG*603, EDRG*604, EDRG*606, EDRG*608, EDRG*635, EDRG*640, EDRG*644, EDRG*653;

EDRG 695 Practicum Reading Specialist (3.00)

Provides a venue for experiential involvement in literacy instruction, issues, and programs. Reflection, evaluation, and application of skills and concepts gleaned from previous classes will be emphasized. Prerequisites: EDRG 602, EDRG 603, EDRG 604, EDRG 606, EDRG 608, EDRG 635, EDRG 640, EDRG 644, EDRG 653. Note: Field Experience required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*602, EDRG*603, EDRG*604, EDRG*606, EDRG*608, EDRG*635, EDRG*640, EDRG*644, EDRG*653;

EDRG 697 Capstone Project in Literacy (3.00)

Students will review current research in the field of literacy to help them develop an applied project that improves teaching, intervention practices, curriculum, or the professional community.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDRG*602 EDRG*603 EDRG*604 EDRG*606 EDRG*608 EDRG*635 EDRG*644 EDRG*653 EDRG*640;

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NOTE: Regis University’s Master of Education program is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). The states of Arkansas and Kentucky do not recognize this accreditation. Please call your state council on higher education to get more details.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

Applicants seeking a master's degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript a U.S. regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on degree-bearing transcript with option of supplying additional course work transcripts
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Oath and consent information
  • Current resume
  • One online observation form from a person who has observed the applicant with children of the appropriate age
  • Criminal background check: Applicants must have a $45 background check in order to complete their online application. View and print the instructions, consent for background check and disqualifying offenses documents to get started
  • Copy of current teaching license
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed

Application Deadlines*

Term Class Starts Application Deadline
Summer 2014 May 5, 2014 April 7, 2014
Fall 2014 August 25, 2014 July 28, 2014

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.

Tuition

Regis University Tuition: M.Ed. with Added Endorsement - Reading Specialist

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $14,325 30 $475 $75
Online $14,325 30 $475 $75

Directed study costs $475 per credit hour

Licensed educators and paraprofessionals are eligible to receive a 10% preferred tuition discount for teacher education courses at CPS. Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for details.

Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.