The Master of Education in Reading Education program prepares teachers for certification as reading specialists (e.g., reading coach, reading expert, reading resource teacher, reading/language arts supervisor) in grades K-12 in public schools and private reading clinics. For information on how this program may prepare you for professional licensure, please visit the program website or contact the program coordinator.
The Master of Education in Reading Education is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program that is subject to any change in the Florida Administrative Code (State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066). Students enrolled in this program should remain in close contact with their adviser to keep informed of any program changes implemented to comply with new state requirements.
The College of Education and Human Performance offers a Master of Education degree in Reading Education. The program prepares teachers for certification as reading specialists (e.g., reading coach, reading expert, reading resource teacher, reading/language arts supervisor) in grades K-12 in public schools and private reading clinics. Assessment (screening, diagnosis, monitoring), instruction and intervention, reading in the content fields, management of reading programs, reading trends and research, and dimensions of the language arts other than reading are included among the curriculum. There is considerable emphasis on practica with diverse readers from early childhood to adult levels. Professionals currently certified as Florida teachers are eligible to pursue a degree in the program.
This graduate program partners with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, see Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows for more information about attending graduate school at UCF.
The Master of Education in Reading Education program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 9 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of specialization courses, and 6 credit hours of a practicum. Students who do not currently hold a Florida ESOL Endorsement must select the specified Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages course, TSL 5085 , as a corequisite. All students must pass a final comprehensive exam, complete a portfolio according to program guidelines, and pass the Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
The following courses meet state certification requirements or as support for the degree program.
Students who are not ESOL Endorsed must complete the following course:
Required Courses: 24 Credit Hours
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Specialization: 15 Credit Hours
Practicum: 6 Credit Hours
The MEd program requires a practicum experience. Practica are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program.
Additional Graduation Requirements
- All students must complete a comprehensive examination.
- Complete a portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
- Pass Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
The MEd program also requires a practicum experience. Practica are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Possess or be fully eligible for a professional teaching certificate in one or more other teacher certification specializations in Florida.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
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|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.