The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Reading is designed to enable practitioners to gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become Reading Specialist in the state of Oklahoma. The program provides both pedagogy in the teaching of reading and specialized knowledge for working with children who find reading difficult.  In addition, the program will prepare reading specialists to review and develop reading curriculum for the schools in which they teach. 

Program Objectives

The following are program objectives for the Master of Education in Reading program:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction;
  2. use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing;
    use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction;
  3. engage students in literacy practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction;
  4. create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, use of instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments; and
  5. recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Admission Requirements

  1. Meet all requirements for admission to Cameron University graduate studies
  2. Possess a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or have an earned master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  3. Have two recommendation forms with dispositions
  4. Possess valid teaching certificate or passing scores on the OGET & OSAT

Course Requirements

The M.Ed. in Reading consists of 33 hours of required coursework. Additionally, all students must complete an introductory seminar.

EDUC 5873 Foundations of Literacy (possible prerequisite)
EDUC 5103 Intro to Graduate Research
EDUC 5603 Methods of Teaching Struggling Readers
EDUC 5613 Reading Curriculum Development K-12
EDUC 5623 Theoretical Foundations of Reading
EDUC 5643 Advanced Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
EDUC 5633 Organization and Individualization of School Reading Programs
EDUC 5653 Practicum in Reading I
EDUC 5683 Practicum in Reading II
EDUC 5663 Teaching Reading in the Content Area
EDUC 5723 Language and Literacy Development
EDUC 5693 or 5593 Advanced Studies in Children's Literature OR Adolescent Literature

To request a copy of the syllabus for a course taught in the M.Ed. in Reading program, please contact the instructor of the course as noted in the course schedule or contact Tiffany Hamilton in Nance-Boyer 1078 or at 580-581-2320.

Additional Program Requirements

Requirements must be completed within the first 9 hours in the M.Ed. program:

  1. Grade of "C" or better in EDUC 5103 Intro to Graduate Research
  2. GPA of 3.0 on all graduate work
  3. Completion of EDUC 5100: M.Ed. Introductory Seminar
  4. Two acceptable dispositional assessments from departmental faculty

Requirements that must be completed within the first 21 hours in the program:

  1. Two acceptable disposition assessments from school-based faculty
  2. Completion of minimum 10 hours of field experiences
  3. Passing score on mid-program portfolio
  4. GPA of 3.0 on all graduate work

Requirements for program completion:

  1. GPA of 3.0 on all graduate work
  2. Completion of all required field components, practica, and/or internships
  3. Passing score on exit-program portfolio
  4. Passing score on Analysis of Growth paper
  5. Completion of Exit Survey
  6. Acceptable dispositional assessment by one faculty member who specializes in student's field.

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Contact Information

Department of Education
Nance Boyer, Room 1078
2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505
580.581.2320 Voice
580.581.2865 Fax