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Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Reading Online

Lead the way in literacy for all students. This accelerated online degree program is designed to prepare you for a variety of leadership roles in educational settings as a highly qualified reading instruction specialist.


Program Overview

The online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Reading program gives you the advanced knowledge you need to achieve a career as curriculum leader in literacy instruction. This program also prepares you for Reading Specialist and/or Master Reading Teacher Certification.

$11,082

Total Tuition

Tuition
as few as 12 months

Program Duration

Calendar
33

Credit Hours

Credit Hours

100% online coursework covers a variety of reading models with an emphasis on language and cognition, literacy development, comprehension, motivation, and current literacy trends, as well as interventions for struggling readers through field classroom-based experiences.

Core curriculum emphasizes practical application of current theory, research, assessment and coaching to improve learning. Courses include Social and Cultural Studies of Education, Advanced Theories for Learning, Collegial Coaching and Mentoring, and an Evaluation of Curriculum & Instruction capstone.

Our accelerated, 7-week courses are delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals. You can complete this 33 credit-hour program in as few as 12 months.

In the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction online program, you will:
  • Synthesize and analyze current research to develop curriculum and instructional models
  • Apply evidence-based teaching practices and methodologies
  • Enhance instruction based on the synthesis, analysis, assessment and evaluation of data to ensure culturally competent teaching and learning
The state of texas education agency

The Texas A&M International University College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.

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Tuition

Tuition for the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Reading online program is affordable, and can be paid by the course. All fees are included.

In-State Tuition:

The following tuition applies only to Texas residents.

Per Credit Hour $335.81
Per Three Credit Course $1,007.43
Program Tuition $11,082

Out-of-State Tuition:

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Per Credit Hour Per Three Credit Course Program Tuition
$973.91 $2,920.82 $32,129.02

Qualified applicants in certain programs may qualify for the TEACH Grant of up to $3,752 for the 2018-19 award year.* Please call for further information.

*The maximum grant amount can vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants and require approved recipients to sign a service agreement for certain teaching service obligations for four academic years. If obligations are not met within eight years after graduation, the grant will turn into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with all accrued interest from the date of disbursement. For more information, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach or contact the Texas A&M International University Financial Aid Office.

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Calendar

The M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Reading program is delivered online, featuring 7-week courses and six start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring I 1/21/20 1/6/20 1/13/20 1/15/20 1/17/20
Spring II 3/9/20 2/24/20 3/2/20 3/4/20 3/6/20
Summer I 5/11/20 4/27/20 5/4/20 5/6/20 5/8/20
Summer II 7/6/20 5/22/20 6/29/20 7/1/20 7/3/20
Start Date Withdraw with 100% refund Withdraw with 80% refund Withdraw with 50% refund
07/08/19 7/4/19 07/09/19-7/11/19 7/12/19-7/17/19
8/27/19 8/23/19 8/28/19-8/30/19 8/31/19-9/4/19
10/21/19 10/17/19 10/22/19-10/24/19 10/25/19-10/31/19
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Admissions

To apply for the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Reading online program, you must hold a bachelor's degree and submit transcripts verifying a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction online admission requirements
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours
  • Two years teaching experience (if seeking Reading Certification)

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be sent to:

Texas A&M International University
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 206
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041
OR
Electronically to GraduateSchool@tamiu.edu

For documents, other than transcripts, please upload to your application portal located here. If transcripts are uploaded to the portal, you will be asked to resend all official transcripts by mail or email and will delay the application process.

Have a question? Call us at 844-872-8712.

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Courses

Curriculum for the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Reading online program is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours). Students are required to take six core courses, which include a fixed first course (EDCI 5313: Foundations of Curriculum) and a capstone (EDCI 5317: Evaluation of Curriculum & Instruction); and five specialization courses, which also include a capstone (EDRD 5324: Professional Preparation Seminar). For Course EDRD 5321: Practicum in Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading; A mentor is required to have a background in Reading (graduate hours 18 Reading and/or Master Reading/Reading Specialist Certification)

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide a historical and conceptual foundation in the discipline of curriculum and instruction for those beginning their graduate work. It will cover the historical and philosophical beginnings of the traditional content taught in the public school systems in the U.S., from pre-kindergarten through completion of the academic core of post-secondary schooling. Examination of key components of the purpose and methods of instruction will punctuate the historical context to identify specific C&I elements in some of the following eras: ancient and pre-modern contributions, Pre-Colonial and Colonial American schooling, early foundations of instruction in the U.S., implications of modern C&I, and trends in post-modern C&I. A major element of the course will be the development of a research topic and subsequent student project focusing on the topic. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Engage in critical analysis of education’s place in today’s rapidly changing local and global society with a focus on comprehending education from historic, philosophic, social and cultural perspectives and the impact of those perspectives on current practice. Evaluate curricular and instructional perspectives and ways of viewing educational history from a theoretically informed lens. Critically examine the practices and policies used in schooling to enact decisions on curricular reforms in schooling with a critical understanding of diversity, social inequity, and equal educational opportunities. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a thorough treatment of various standard, research-based techniques for evaluation of instruction (i.e., authentic assessments, alternative assessments, qualitative and quantitative testing methods, and non-specific measurement methods). In addition, this course explores the concepts behind assessment, identifies various assessment tools and incorporates models of assessment appropriate for a variety of instructional settings. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a general survey of theories of learning as they apply to the modern classroom. The course is designed to acquaint students with major historical and modern theories and their proponents of how children learn together, with implications for schools in modern society. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the competencies required for critical understanding, evaluation and utilization of published educational research. The course addresses quantitative and qualitative research methods. Topics include problem formulation and refinement; research design; sampling; measurement and data collection; data-analysis techniques; and the inference process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the competencies required for critical understanding, evaluation and utilization of published educational research. The course addresses quantitative and qualitative research methods. Topics include problem formulation and refinement; research design; sampling; measurement and data collection; data-analysis techniques; and the inference process. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses teacher leadership in the context of advancing the expertise and leadership of peers, thereby expanding the teacher-leader’s sphere of influence beyond the walls of the classroom. Teachers explore mentoring and coaching models designed to promote the professional growth of their colleagues. They learn and apply skills for mentoring novice teachers and for engaging in coaching relationships with peers at all stages of the teacher-development cycle. Various forms of collaboration with colleagues are addressed, and diversity—as well as interpersonal and communication skills—are emphasized. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, historical perspectives on literacy instruction and literacy research are examined. A variety of reading models are explored with an emphasis on language and cognition, literacy development, comprehension, motivation, current literacy trends, and digital literacies. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the methods, materials and organization of reading programs, with emphasis on the scope and sequence of the total reading program from pre-K through 12th grade. Theories, principles and strategies for designing and implementing developmentally appropriate reading programs will be reviewed, and programs will be evaluated to prepare the Reading Professional to make appropriate instructional decisions. Attention will be given to professional development models and professional ethics. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will use formal and informal instruments to diagnose reading problems. Students will review a variety of case studies and develop their own case study throughout the semester as they monitor and assess students with reading difficulties. This course may be taken as a core course by individuals pursuing the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certificate. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will work closely with reading faculty in the administration of diagnostic assessment instruments and procedures. Students will plan and carry out remedial programs and interventions for struggling readers through field classroom based experiences. Practicum portfolio and supervised field based experiences required. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Graduate students will engage in and successfully complete a series of On-line Modules in preparation for the Master Reading Teacher Certification State Exam or/and Reading Specialist Certification State Exam. Graduate students will complete practicum Field Clock Hours and will engage in Leadership practices as required involving curriculum and assessment of literacy practices. Pre-requisites: EDRD 5321, Graduate Standing

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