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Master's & Doctorate in Reading Education

Our nationally recognized reading education master’s program prepares candidates to serve in the roles of reading specialists, literacy interventionists, or literacy coaches in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.  The program also welcomes inservice and preservice teachers who want to remain in the classroom but who wish to gain greater knowledge and understanding in developing engaged, strategic readers and writers.  Program candidates receive extensive instruction in theory of literacy as well as cutting-edged, research-based best practices for literacy instruction, coaching, and reading program management and supervision.  The candidates also participate in both structured and unstructured practicum experiences in literacy assessment and intervention.  Those who seek to be certified as reading specialists are required to develop and successfully defend a portfolio at the completion of the program in addition to passing the Oklahoma Subject Area Test for Reading Specialists (OSAT).  Non-certification candidates can choose other options (e.g., master’s thesis or project) to fulfill their graduation requirements. The doctoral program involves both coursework and a dissertation. Graduates from our doctoral program usually find employment in higher education institutions across the nation.

  • Master's Degree in Reading Education
  • Successfully passing the Reading Specialist Certification Exam given by OTCP.

Studies in Teaching and Learning (3 hours)           

Studies in Cultural Diversity (3 hours)           

Research (6 hours)

  1. Early Childhood Education
  2. Elementary Education
  3. English Education
  4. Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education)
  5. Mathematics Education
  6. Reading Education
  7. Science Education
  8. Secondary Education
  9. Social Studies Education
  10. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education

Thesis: EDUC 5980

Non-Thesis: EDUC 6930 or EDUC 5972  

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ILAC 6013 Proseminar in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum (3 hours)

ILAC 6023 Theoretical Issues in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum (3 hours)

ILAC 6003 Curriculum Theory (3 hours)

ILAC 5233 Understanding Different Cultures (3 hours)

Research Methodologies (12 hours minimum)

The concentration focuses on specializations within the field of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum.  Studies undertaken shape the thematic issues in the students' programs, with either a broad Instructional Leadership emphasis or a specific program area emphasis.  The following are ILAC concentrations:


1.  Early Childhood Education

2.  Elementary Education           

3.  English Education                       

4.  Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education)           

5.  Mathematics Education

6.  Reading Education

7.  Science Education

8.  Secondary Education

9.  Social Studies Education


Courses for all concentrations focus on (1) the specialization areas and (2) related educational areas, including academic disciplines. 

The Instructional Leadership specialization includes a minimum of 9 hours in ILAC taken after the master’s degree (not including dissertations hours) and remaining hours taken in related educational areas. 

Requirements and distribution of hours are specified by each program area (see program advisor).  For all concentrations, courses are selected based on program criteria and students' professional interests and goals.  Programs of study must be approved by the advisor and members of the doctoral committee. 

Electives allow the student and advisor some flexibility in including coursework that either (1) extends the number of hours in areas such as research methodology, but does not include dissertation hours, or (2) includes previously taken graduate course hours that do not fit existing categories.  Courses will be selected based on the students' professional interests and goals and approved by the advisor and doctoral committee. 

Additional hours beyond the maximum 12 may be taken but will not be included as part of the 90-hour program.

TOTAL HOURS: 90 hours beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

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