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Coursework

Students take a minimum of 33 graduate credits (10 required core courses and one elective course) and pass a comprehensive exam to earn a M.Ed degree in Educational Psychology with an Emphasis in Reading and Literacy. Students are welcome to take more elective courses as part of their program, or after completing the M.Ed.

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Required Core Courses (30 credits) 

ED PS 6712 Reading Research

ED PS 6714 Comprehension Theory & Instruction

ED PS 6631 Assessment & Intervention of Reading Difficulties

ED PS 6711 Foundations of Literacy

ED PS 6126 Content Area Literacy

ED PS 6713 Literacy Acquisition Theory & Instruction

ED PS 6124 Children’s and Young Adult Literature in the Schools

ED PS 6130 Writing Theory & Instruction

ED PS 6840 Vocabulary Theory & Instruction

 ED PS 6728 Reading and Literacy Comprehensive Review and Exam Preparation

Elective Course (3 credits):

Students must take a minimum of 3 credits for graduation. Students will work with the program director to select an elective that fits their interests, schedule, and future goals. Elective choices must be approved by the Reading and Literacy program director. Please note that some elective classes may not be offered at the core course special tuition rate.

Suggested Electives through the EDPS Department

ED PS 6950 Special Topics Summer Seminars (3 credits): These special summer seminars are offered on different topics. They often follow a special one-week or two-week intensive format, and they are designed for practicing teachers. Sample seminars include Focus on Dyslexia, Literacy Development in Preschool and the Early Years, Middle School Motivation, and more.

ED PS 6331 International Children’s and Adolescent Literature: Region-Specific Focus (3 credits): A special topic seminar with a specific course number, this course is offered in the summer as a one-week intensive format in June for practicing teachers and librarians. The focused region changes yearly (Latin American countries, Asian countries, etc.)

ED PS 6300 Introduction to Measurement (3 credits): Offered during most Spring semesters.

ED PS 6010 Introduction to Educational Statistics (3 credits): Offered during most Summer and Fall semesters.

Suggested Electives through the University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC)

EDU 6853-040 Tier II Reading Intervention Next Steps Small Group (3 credits): Offered during most Fall and Spring semesters.

 EDU 6636-040 Intervention for Students with Severe Reading Difficulties:  Wilson Level I Practicum (9 credits total; 4 credits in Fall and 5 credits in spring): A full year course taken during consecutive Fall and Spring semesters. This course does require an application in the spring prior, and then an introductory meeting in the summer. Scholarships are available through the UURC for this course.

 Suggested Electives through other College of Education Departments

SPED 6610 Introduction to Research Design (3 credits): Offered during most Summer semesters.

ELP 6250 Leadership for School Improvement (3 credits): Offered during most semesters.

ELP 6511 Leadership for Equity and Social Change (3 credits): Offered during most semesters.

ELP 6110 Evidence-Based Decision Making: Offered most Spring semesters.

ELP 6200 Adult Learning Theory for Educators: Offered most Summer semesters.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

 The student takes a comprehensive examination at the end of the Reading and Literacy master’s study, as they complete all courses in the plan-of-study. The purpose of the exam is to demonstrate written mastery of major topics, theories, and applications in relation to reading and literacy learning and teaching. The comp exam uses a format of take-home question responses and will be administered by the Reading and Literacy comp committee. Students need to register for ED PS 6728 Reading and Literacy Comprehensive Review and Exam at the semester of their exam.

Course Sequencing

COURSE SCHEDULE

Students complete the program in two years by taking two courses each semester, including summer. The program uses rolling admissions and students are welcome to start in any semester. Core courses are taught online in the evening hours around 4:30- 7:00 pm MST in all three semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer); elective courses may be offered in daytime hours during the Summer semester. This is a blended program and courses are taught via distance education delivery (live, same-time delivery using web video technology, such as zoom). Thus, the program welcomes students from the local area as well as those from outside the Salt Lake area and out of state.

The tables below show sample schedules. The first schedule is for someone starting in the fall of the odd year cycle and the second schedule is for someone starting in the spring of the odd year cycle.  Because students are admitted on a rolling basis, you may begin your program in any semester. 

Sample Schedule 1: Odd Year

Fall

 

ED PS 6712 Reading Research

ED PS 6714 Comprehension Theory & Instruction

 

Spring

 

ED PS 6631 Assessment & Intervention (Meets 2 nights/week)

Possible Elective

 

Summer

 

Session 1

@ May 15- June 20

ED PS 6711 Foundations of Literacy (Meets 2 nights/week)

Possible Elective:

ED PS 6950 Special Topics Summer Seminar (Meets for 1 week only, 8-4 daily)

Session 2

@ June 23- Aug 3

ED PS 6126 Content Area Literacy (Meets 2 nights/week)

 

Fall

 

ED PS 6713 Literacy Acquisition Theory & Instruction

ED PS 6124 Children’s and Young Adult Literature in the Schools

 

Spring

 

ED PS 6130 Writing Theory & Instruction

 

ED PS 6725 Reading and Literacy Comprehensive Review and Exam Preparation

Comprehensive Exam

 

Summer

 

Session

@ May 15- June 20

ED PS 6840 Vocabulary Theory & Instruction (Meets 2 nights/week)

Graduate

 

Sample Schedule 2: Even Year 

Fall

 

ED PS 6713 Literacy Acquisition Theory & Instruction

ED PS 6124 Children’s and Young Adult Literature in the Schools

 

Spring

 

ED PS 6130 Writing Theory & Instruction

 

Possible Elective

 

Summer

 

Session

@ May 15- June 20

ED PS 6840 Vocabulary Theory & Instruction (Meets 2 nights/week)

Possible Elective:

ED PS 6950 Special Topics Summer Seminar (Meets for 1 week only, 8-4 daily)

Fall

 

ED PS 6712 Reading Research

ED PS 6714 Comprehension Theory & Instruction

 

Spring

 

ED PS 6631 Assessment & Intervention (Meets 2 nights/week)

ED PS 6725 Reading and Literacy Comprehensive Review and Exam Preparation

Comprehensive Exam

 

Summer

 

Session 1

@ May 15- June 20

ED PS 6711 Foundations of Literacy (Meets 2 nights/week)

Graduate

 

 

Session 2

@ June 23- Aug 3

ED PS 6126 Content Area Literacy (Meets 2 nights/week)

 

 

Last Updated: 4/15/22