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Reading Education

The educational specialist degree program with a specialization in reading education at the Fischler College of Education helps prepare educators in scientifically-based research, reading disorders, and literacy issues for elementary, middle and high school grade levels. The reading education degree strives to provide educators with the skills to develop curriculum and assess, evaluate, and instruct students in reading, including reading in the content areas. Course content in the Ed.S. in reading education program is research-based and infuses best practices in education.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a master’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions 

(Students with limited reading background should choose RED 570 Foundations of Reading: Theory and Practice and RED 575 Contemporary Foundations of Reading: Research Perspective)

CORE COURSES

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDU 708 Research Design in Education 3
EDU 702 Curriculum Trends and Innovations 3
EDU 714 Families, Schools, and Communities Ethical Issues and Practices 3
EDU 719 Current Research in Human Development (Offered Fall 2, Winter 2, and Summer 2) 3
EDU 729 Evaluation and Assessment Practices 3
RED 730 Critical Trends and Issues in Reading 3
RED 731 Interpreting Research in Reading Education 3
RED 732 Reading Disorders Diagnosis and Remediation 3
RED 733 Academic Literacy in Middle and High School 3

LITERACY COURSES

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
LTRC 711 Assessment in the Early Literacy and Reading Classroom 3
LTRC 716 Curricular Approaches and Prescriptive Instruction in Early Literacy Programs 3
LTRC 722 Research in Oral and Written Language Development 3
LTRC 735 Advanced Seminar in Children's Literature 3
RED 570 Foundations of Reading Research and Practice 3
RED 575 Contemporary Foundations of Reading Research Perspective 3

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RED 787 Education Field-Based Project in Reading 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 36

The practicum and the field-based project are practical applications included in the reading education specialization. These culminating experiences are the final steps in the completion of the program. The purpose of the practicum and the field-based project is to engage the candidates in a problem-solving experience designed to improve or enhance an educational situation. The process is systematic and involves submission of a formal practicum proposal; active participation, implementation, and/or research; evaluation of the activities; and submission of a final portfolio.

Coursework for this reading education graduate program is available online and at many of the university's Student Education Centers throughout the state of Florida. The online delivery option allows international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option allows students to take classes in the evenings. The distance education option allows busy professionals the option to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required courses in the specialization
  • Successful completion of the practicum or field-based project
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for degree

Students are advised to contact their department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals. It is the responsibility of each student to contact his or her state department of education regarding certification, recertification, and/or endorsement requirements.

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