Reading Specialization

George Fox University

The reading specialization program is for classroom teachers preparing for specialized work in diagnosing reading difficulties and improving reading instruction in their own classroom, or as a reading specialist in a school at either the early childhood/elementary or at middle level/high school levels.

Students may declare Reading as a specialization within their Master of Education program or complete the specialization courses as a license-only candidate to be recommended for a Reading endorsement on their teaching license.

To meet the approved program for a reading endorsement at George Fox University, the student must complete a minimum of 13 semester hours of graduate subject matter distributed to strengthen the applicant's background in reading (OAR 584-0404-0230) and complete a praticum at one or two levels (OAR 584-060-0071).

In addition to the course requirements, including a practicum, the candidate for the reading endorsement must also successfully complete the Praxis Reading Specialist Exam in order to be recommended for licensure. The course work for this specialty has been designed to provide a broad base of understandings about successful reading methods, programs and assessments, but also to prepare the individual to successfully complete the Reading Specialist Exam.

Specialization courses are a blend of face-to-face classroom meetings, online classes, and face-to-face/online hybrid classes. Summer classes meet at our Newberg, Oregon, campus (affordable housing is available for long distance students); spring and fall classes are taught online with a few evening/weekend classes.

MEd with Reading Specialization Requirements

Foundations Core (7 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

The foundations courses in the Master of Education program at George Fox University provide both breadth and depth of critical thinking skills, leading to transformation of a candidate’s professional practice. These courses are uniquely designed to build upon the School of Education conceptual framework: think critically, transform practice, and promote justice.

Research Core (8 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

The research courses in the Master of Education program at George Fox University provide each candidate with the knowledge and skills to effectively use educational research and data leading to improvement in their practice.  For the final capstone of the research courses, each candidate designs a research project unique to their own professional situation, examining a specific educational problem or issue in either their classroom or school. 

Reading Specialization (18 hours)

Complete the following 11 semester hours:
EDFL 530 History and Foundations of Literacy Learning (2 hrs, must be taken in the first two semesters)
EDFL 531 Analysis of Reading and Writing Assessment (2 hrs)
EDFL 532 Advanced Strategies in Literacy Instruction (2 hrs)
EDFL 534 Issues and Applications of Literacy Instruction (2 hrs)
EDFL 538 Organization of Reading Programs (3 hrs)

Complete one of the authorization level combinations - 4 hours:
Early Childhood/Elementary Authorization courses:
EDFL 537 Emergent Literacy (2 hrs)
EDFL 539 Early Childhood/Elementary Reading Practicum (2 hrs, prerequisites: EDFL 530, 531, 532 and 538; or by permission)

Elementary/Middle Level Authorization courses:
EDFL 536 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (2 hrs)
or
EDFL 537 Emergent Literacy (2 hrs)
EDFL 540 Elementary/Middle Level Reading Practicum (2 hrs, prerequisites: EDFL 530, 531, 532 and 538; or by permission)

Middle Level/High School Authorization Courses:
EDFL 536 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (2 hrs)
EDFL 541 Middle Level/High School Reading Practicum (2 hrs, prerequisites: EDFL 530, 531, 532 and 538; or by permission)

Select 3 hours from the following restricted electives that support the reading specialization:
EDFL 500 Foundations of Teaching and Learning** (3 hrs)
EDFL 501 Curriculum Development** (2 hrs)
EDFL 503 Classroom Assessment (3 hrs)
EDFL 505 Trends and Issues in Education (3 hrs)
EDFL 506 Research in Effective Teaching** (3 hrs)
EDFL 515 Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction (1-3 hrs)
EDFL 533 Advanced Studies in Children's and Adolescent Literature (2 hrs)
EDFL 570 Applied English Linguistics: Oral and Literacy Focus (3 hrs)
EDFL 624 Developing Curriculum with New Technologies** (2 hrs)
EDFL 638 Testing and Measurement (2 hrs)
EDFL 651 Strategic Planning for Education Systems** (2 hrs)
** Research, unit and major project should have a reading/writing-literacy focus, if possible.

Electives (3 hours)

For complete course listings and information, please see the GFU Graduate Catalog.


Susanna SteegProgram Contact:
Susanna Steeg, PhD
Director, Reading Endorsement Program

Telephone: 503-554-2839
E-mail: ssteeg@georgefox.edu


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Admission Information:
Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027
E-mail: kwilfong@georgefox.edu

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