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Master of Science in Education – Teacher Education – Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Online

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Program Overview

Prepare to lead the way in literacy and work in a variety of roles, such as reading instruction specialist, with the Master of Science in Education – Teacher Education – Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy online program.

$12,450* Total Tuition
As few as 14 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
$12,450* Total Tuition
As few as 14 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
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This 100 percent online program is designed for teachers who want to develop and enhance their expertise in the teaching of literacy. In this program, you will focus on understanding and applying major theories, current research, and practical classroom strategies to support the development of your students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities.

Learn from expert faculty who specialize in reading and gain the knowledge and resources you need to create an environment that fosters interest and growth in all aspects of literacy. Study topics that include brain-based teaching and learning, literacy and phonics, reading and language arts assessment, and curriculum development. The courses in this program meet the requirements for the reading endorsement for Ohio teachers.

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for literacy leadership roles within the classroom and beyond, such as Reading Instructional Specialist, P-12 Reading Coach, District or State Literacy Initiative Council Member, or Grant Advisor.

In this program, you will learn to:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the critical concepts and principles of literacy and, by completion, will be able to use professional specialty practices flexibly to advance the learning of all P-12 students toward attainment of college- and career-readiness standards
  • Demonstrate proficiencies to understand and apply knowledge and skills appropriate to literacy so that learning and development opportunities for all P-12 students are enhanced through:
    • Applications of data literacy
    • Use of research and understanding of qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods research methodologies
    • Employment of data analysis and evidence to develop supportive school environments
    • Leading and/or participating in collaborative activities with others such as peers, colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, and parents
    • Supporting appropriate applications of technology for their field of specialization
    • Application of professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to their field of specialization
  • Learn and apply specialized content and discipline knowledge contained in approved state and/or national discipline-specific standards

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Tuition

YSU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition.

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$415* Per Credit Hour
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$12,450* Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

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Additional Fees

Application: $45 (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YSU's Federal School Code is 003145.

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Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
One University Plaza
Meshel Hall, 203
Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659
Email: ysufinaid@ysu.edu

Calendar

At YSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

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Admissions

YSU's online M.S.Ed. programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

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  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $45 application fee ($90 International). Waived for active/veteran military members or for applicants who have attended the College of Graduate Studies in the past.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references (in online application)
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Valid teaching certificate
    • Students without a teaching certificate or license may be admitted on an individual basis to graduate programs leading to certification or licensure in certain areas

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YSU College of Graduate Studies
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Coffelt Hall
Youngstown, OH 44555

Email Address:
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Courses

For the Master of Science in Education – Teacher Education – Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy online, you are required to take 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

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TCED 6933: Brain Based Teaching and Learning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A critical appraisal of dealing with learning and teaching. Each learner constructs his/her brain as learning occurs. Teachers reconsider their practices in light of the science of learning research provided by education, neuroscience and socio-psychology.

TCED 6905: Intro to Digital Teaching and Learning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Digital teaching and learning is much more than knowing some great apps for the smart board or iPad. It is understanding a new paradigm that promotes a new pedagogy. It takes educators beyond the formal traditional classroom of lecture and paper/pencil into an interactive, student-centered environment. This course will introduce students to the paradigm of digital teaching and learning and provide the framework and foundation for change within districts and classrooms to meet 21st-century learning.

TCED 6936: Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction to Improve Learning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focus on the instructional design process from a practical perspective. Emphasis on planning the curriculum to include content analysis, learning objectives, instructional strategies and measurement of student achievement.

TCED 6932: Action Research in Urban and Rural Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on action research as it applies to urban and rural education. Topics include reflecting to identify a problem, reviewing literature, planning and implementing interventions, data collection and analysis strategies, and sharing outcomes with others. Course may be offered onsite, online or as a combination of both. Field experience in an appropriate educational setting is required.

TERG 6926: Reading and Language Arts Assessment

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination and application of formal and informal assessment procedures in reading and language arts including the use of background information and discrete data. Data analysis, interpretation and translations to instruction are applied.

TERG 6922: Organizing and Managing Diverse Literacy Environments

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the physical and social contexts of diverse literacy environments that integrates foundational knowledge, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, use of research-based instructional practices, curriculum materials, and assessment-based decision-making.

TERG 6923: Literacy and Phonics Instruction

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An investigation of the philosophy, principles and practices of reading (including phonemic and phonetic developments) and language arts instruction. An examination and application of formal and informal assessment procedures as well as an investigation of the language learning needs of diverse populations.

TERG 6927: Practicum: Coaching for Effective Literacy Instruction

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An application of literacy coach practices in assessment-based decision-making, research-based instruction, and preparation and delivery of high-quality professional development using techniques for working with individual teachers in a coaching context and groups of teachers in whole-group PD settings.

TERG 6924: Content Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An investigation of research-based philosophies, principles and best practices for applying content-specific concepts, vocabulary and engagements while using the language arts and study skills to ensure comprehension.

TERG 6928: Case Study in Reading and Language Arts

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Application of previous course content involving supervised formal and informal assessment of school-age pupils, developing an individualized reading plan, selecting appropriate instructional strategies and materials maintaining tutoring logs, developing a student portfolio, evaluating results of instruction, and writing a case study report.

*In-state tuition.

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