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

Core Requirements – (15 hours; must be completed through George Fox)

  • MEDU 543 Ethical Perspectives in Educational Leadership – 3 credit hours
  • MEDU 510 Foundations of Educational Practice – 2 credit hours
  • MEDU 530 Overview of Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methodology – 3 credit hours
  • MEDU 520 Curriculum & Assessment – 3 credit hours
  • MEDU 540 Action Research I – 2 credit hours
  • MEDU 541 Action Research II – 2 credit hours

Reading Specialization (15 hours)

  • READ 530 History & Foundations of Literacy Learning – 2 credit hours
  • READ 531 Analysis of Reading & Writing Assessment – 2 credit hours
  • READ 532 Advanced Strategies in Literacy Instruction – 2 credit hours
  • READ 534 Issues & Applications of Literacy Instruction – 2 credit hours
  • READ 538 Organization of Reading Programs – 3 credit hours
  • READ 5XX Courses/practicum based on authorization level

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

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Admission Information:
Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027

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