Reading Specialist and ESL/ELL

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Concordia’s Master of Education in literacy (reading specialist and ESL/ELL) program will give you fresh, innovative ways to help your students not only learn but also love reading, writing and the English language.

LITERACY/READING/ESL

Program Options

Master of Education – Literacy emphasis with Reading Specialist Endorsement:

Consisting of highly integrated literacy courses, this 36-hour program will result in both a master’s and a reading specialist endorsement. It includes a three credit hour case study built around the specific needs of a student with reading difficulties and is required for certification.

Master of Education – Literacy Emphasis with Reading Specialist and ESL Endorsements:

This 51-hour program allows you to earn your master’s degree plus two endorsements in a concisely integrated program that offers immediate application to your teaching. It includes a three-credit hour ESL/ELL internship and a three credit hour case study built around the specific needs of a student with reading difficulties and is required for certification.

ESL Endorsement:

This 15-hour program features four courses of current ESL theory with immediate application to teaching, including clinical experiences in an ESL classroom and a three-credit hour semester internship.

Reading Specialist Endorsement:

This 30-hour program will result in a reading specialist endorsement. It includes a three credit hour case study built around the specific needs of a student with reading difficulties and is required for certification.

Prerequisites

Admission to the graduate program for the reading endorsement requires two years of teaching. The ESL/ELL endorsement is supplemental and requires the graduate student to have an endorsement in another subject.

Program Overview

Concordia University, Nebraska has an established record of quality teacher preparation. The Master of Education with Literacy Emphasis degree offers the same quality of education for teachers who want to continue their careers as Reading Specialists and/or ESL/ELL Specialists. All courses offered address the needs of these education specialists in both public and parochial settings. All degrees and endorsements are accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nebraska Certification.

Please note: 

Effective September 1, 2015: All candidates applying for certification in Nebraska must provide evidence they have taken the required Praxis II content test and received the required passing score.

Students seeking Reading Specialist and ESL/ELL certification in states other than Nebraska should determine the licensure requirements in the state(s) in which they will be seeking certification. Written approval that this program will be acceptable for licensure by their state's department of education should be obtained prior to beginning the program.

Master of Education-Literacy Emphasis with Reading Specialist

(36 hours) (listed in the order in which they will be taken)

  • EDUC 566 Reading in the Middle and Secondary School
  • EDUC 594 Research Evaluation & Design
  • EDUC 565 The Young Child: Language & Literacy Development
  • EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
  • EDUC 519 Word Study: Decoding, Comprehension & Fluency
  • PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • ENG 521 Teaching Writing Grades PK-12
  • ENG 535 Survey of Contemporary Lit from PK-12
  • EDUC 520 Literacy Assessment & Intervention
  • SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World
  • EDUC 568 Practicum in Reading Instruction and Assessment (cohorts prior to March 3, 2014)
  • EDUC 630 Preliminary Design and Processes for a Case Study (cohorts beginning March 3, 2014)
  • EDUC 631 Creating a Case Study in Literacy (cohorts beginning March 3, 2014)

Master of Education - ESL Endorsement and Reading Specialist Endorsement

(51 hours) (listed in the order in which they will be taken)

  • EDUC 566 Reading in the Middle and Secondary School
  • EDUC 594 Research Evaluation & Design
  • EDUC 565 The Young Child: Language & Literacy Development
  • EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
  • EDUC 519 Word Study: Decoding, Comprehension & Fluency
  • PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • ENG 521 Teaching Writing Grades PK-12
  • ENG 535 Survey of Contemporary Lit from PK-12
  • EDUC 520 Literacy Assessment & Intervention
  • SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World
  • EDUC 568 Practicum in Reading Instruction and Assessment (cohorts prior to March 3, 2014)
  • EDUC 630 Preliminary Design and Processes for a Case Study (cohorts beginning March 3, 2014)
  • EDUC 631 Creating a Case Study in Literacy (cohorts beginning March 3, 2014)

Core courses for ESL Endorsement

  • EDUC 524 ESL/ELL Foreign Language Instruction
  • EDUC 525 ESL/ELL Foreign Language Curriculum and Assessment
  • EDUC 526 Language and Culture
  • ENG 530 Linguistics for Educators
  • EDUC 527 Practicum in ELL

Reading Specialist Endorsement

(30 hours) (listed in the order in which they will be taken)

  • EDUC 566 Reading in the Middle and Secondary School
  • EDUC 565 The Young Child: Language & Literacy Development
  • EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
  • EDUC 519 Word Study: Decoding, Comprehension & Fluency
  • PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • ENG 521 Teaching Writing Grades PK-12
  • ENG 535 Survey of Contemporary Lit from PK-12
  • EDUC 520 Literacy Assessment & Intervention
  • EDUC 568 Practicum in Reading Instruction and Assessment (cohorts prior to March 3, 2014)
  • EDUC 630 Preliminary Design and Processes for a Case Study (cohorts beginning March 3, 2014)
  • EDUC 631 Creating a Case Study in Literacy (cohorts beginning March 3, 2014)

ESL Endorsement

(15 hours) (listed in the order in which they will be taken)

  • EDUC 524 ESL/ELL Foreign Language Instruction
  • EDUC 525 ESL/ELL Foreign Language Curriculum and Assessment
  • EDUC 526 Language and Culture
  • ENG 530 Linguistics for Educators
  • EDUC 527 ELL Internship