Master of Science in Education in Reading Mission Statement
The mission of the Master of Science in Education in Reading is to enable teachers to develop expertise in the foundational knowledge of reading, to model effective reading and writing instruction, to collaborate in using varied and appropriate media to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and to promote high moral and ethical professional standards and dispositions that adhere to the International Reading Association’s Code of Ethics.
The role of reading specialists in public schools has changed drastically over the past several years. Now reading specialists are the reading experts in their schools. They perform many duties, including co-teaching in classrooms, serving as literacy coaches, developing reading programs, conducting reading assessments, managing the duties of paraprofessionals and volunteers, serving as advocates for students, and providing professional development. In the spring of 2007, the reading faculty created a new reading program designed to better prepare teachers to successfully fulfill the role of reading specialist. Our Master of Science in Education in Reading is Nationally Recognized by the International Reading Association and is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education as a program that leads to Reading Specialist License (P-8 or 7-12 or both).
Reading Degree Plan