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Ed.S. in Reading
Ed.S. in Reading Online

Program Overview


The Education Specialist in Reading degree program at Arkansas State University is an accelerated, flexible degree program for those interested in advancing their career goals in reading and literacy.

icon $9,187.50 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12-18 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $9,187.50 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12-18 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

Two tracks are available: Advanced Perspective and Professional Practice. Each candidate’s experience is assessed at the point of admission and based on previous master’s degree completed.

Advanced Perspective Track

Designed for students who hold a master’s in reading, literacy or related degree and want to take an in-depth look at classroom practices through research, applying reading knowledge to classroom practice, school systems and community.

In this program track, you will:

  • Expand knowledge regarding complexities of school systems and legislatures
  • Understand and delve into research foundations of literacy, historical studies, seminal studies, literacy and how it influences society
  • Explore competing views of how literacy starts

Career opportunities include:

  • District Literacy Leader
  • Adjunct University Professor
  • Literacy Advocate

Professional Practice Track

Designed for students interested in pursuing a post-graduate degree in reading as a content specialist.

In this program track, you will:

  • Examine literacy issues in the context of multicultural education and culturally responsive pedagogy with a focus on the differentiation of literacy needs among various student cultures and special needs students
  • Focus on the development of literacy skills
  • Explore current research on literacy cognition, reading disorders, and research-based methodologies for reading instruction

Career opportunities include:

  • Reading Specialist
  • District Literacy Leader

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

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Tuition


Our Ed.S. in Reading online program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Total Tuition $9,187.50
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $306.25
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$268.00 $38.25 $306.25 $804.00 $114.75 $918.75

Calendar


Our Ed.S. in Reading online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2018 7wk 10/15/2018 12/7/2018 9/24/2018 10/1/2018 10/5/2018 10/12/2018 11/14/2018
Spring 2019 7wk 1/14/2019 3/1/2019 12/3/2018 12/10/2018 1/5/2019 1/11/2019 2/19/2019
7wk 3/11/2019 5/3/2019 2/18/2019 2/24/2019 3/1/2019 3/8/2019 4/17/2019
Summer 2019 5wk 5/28/2019 6/28/2019 5/6/2019 5/13/2019 5/17/2019 5/24/2019 6/14/2019
5wk 7/1/2019 8/2/2019 6/10/2019 6/17/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/19/2019
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
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Admissions


Students who are interested in our Ed.S. in Reading online program must have a master’s degree in reading or other field in education from an accredited institution. Review full admission requirements below.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • A valid teaching certificate
  • No record as a felon or sex offender
  • Have a Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution
  • Have at least a 3.25 GPA in a master's degree in reading or other field in education from an accredited institution and program.
  • Read and submit the Professional Dispositions Signature Document

Additional Information

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Program. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


Students pursuing this Ed.S. program must complete a total of 30 credit hours, including four core courses (12 credit hours) and six courses (18 credit hours) specific to either the Advance Perspective track or the Professional Practice track.

You must take the following courses.

RDNG 6573: Action Research in Literacy Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examination of theory and practice in action research as applied to literacy education with practical application in literacy settings.

RDNG 7423: Studies in Critical Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

TBD

RDNG 7613: Survey of Quantitative and Qualitative Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of research design, framework, and methodological approaches that spans qualitative and quantitative paradigms, including a mixed methods approach, within the context of literacy.

RDNG 7653: Advanced Studies in Reading Comprehension

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth examination of the dimensions of understanding in literacy learning, the complexities of comprehension strategy instruction as they pertain to the learning of essential concepts, and how they impact literacy learning environments and professional development for teachers.

All students in the Advanced Perspective track must take the following courses.

RDNG 7473: Theories of Language Acquisition

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Overview of theoretical and practical orientations regarding language acquisition with a focus on English Language Learners including an examination of language acquisition models and their application in schools and classrooms.

RDNG 7283: Writing Pedagogy: Advanced Process in Writing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of varied perspectives of the processes of writing, with a focus on recursive practices in authentic, academic, and personal settings; reflection on personal and academic writing practices and research of writing pedagogy facilitating the study of effective application.

RDNG 7493: Reading and Writing Capstone

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Serves as both the review and comprehensive examination of program content with a focus on developing descriptive, analytical, and reflective writings that demonstrate effective applications of practices for literacy instruction. Must be taken in final semester of coursework.

RDNG 7643: Social Foundations of Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the social foundations of literacy within the context of sociocultural and sociopolitical theory. Limited to MSE-Reading and Ed.S.-Reading students or approval of the instructor.

RDNG 7543: New Literacies

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of theoretical and pedagogical frameworks of the New Literacies with an emphasis on the intersection of student lives, culture, and technology. Restricted to Ed.S.-Reading candidates or graduate students with permission of the instructor.

RDNG 7393: Literacy Leaders as Community Advocates

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the role of literacy leaders within the school, community, and family context with a focus on literacy advocacy project development, implementation, and evaluation.

All students in the Professional Practice track must take the following courses.

RDNG 6333: Reading Practicum I: Diagnosis and Intervention

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course features clinical experiences in assessment and intervention in reading and related areas.

RDNG 6353: Reading Practicum II – Leadership in Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Clinical experiences in the correction of reading difficulties with emphasis on utilizing assessment data for professional development as a reading specialist in organizing and supervising school-wide reading reform. Prerequisite: RDNG 6333, or permission of professor.

RDNG 6513: Emergent Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the development of literacy skills, birth through primary grades, including the process of exposure to words, print, and the opportunity to write as a part of the literacy process. This course maintains alignment with state and national standards.

RDNG 6533: Literacy for Diverse Learners

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines literacy issues in the context of multicultural education and culturally responsive pedagogy with a focus on the differentiation of literacy needs among various student cultures and special needs students. Presentation and rehearsal of explicit literacy instruction to enhance comprehension.

RDNG 6553: Adolescent Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course analyzes current federal initiatives and reform policies related to adolescent literacy. Examines the social and cognitive processes related to adolescent literacy. The course features study of methods to facilitate literacy learning for adolescents in all curricular areas.

RDNG 6563: Principals of Literacy Cognition

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is an examination of current research on literacy cognition, reading disorders, and research-based methodologies for reading instruction, with implications for instruction.

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