Welcome to our Reading Program!
The University of West Georgia, College of Education, Department of Literacy and Special Education offers innovative literacy education courses which lead to the M.Ed. in Reading Instruction. The 100% online program consists of 30 hours of coursework with at least 15 hours earned in the area of language and literacy education. Required courses focus on research-based, effective instruction, critical literacy, literacy supported through technology, teacher as leader, culture and literature, second language learning, and reading and writing assessment and instruction integrated in content-area studies. The M.Ed. in Reading Instruction utilizes the 2010 Standards for Reading Professionals as developed by the International Reading Association. Applicants must hold at least 3 years of teaching experience, possess an undergraduate degree in a teaching field and possess or be eligible for a level 4 teaching certificate to qualify for admission to the program. The 30-hour program consists of 3 hours of Instructional Design, 6 hours of ESOL, 15 hours in the Literacy (i.e., reading and writing) concentrations, 3 hours in Culture and Literacy, and 3 hours in Research. Graduates of the program are prepared to take leadership positions in their school districts. The program meets the Standards for Reading Professionals as developed by the International Reading Association. While not a requirement to graduate, passing the appropriate GACE exams qualifies one to have Reading Specialist added to the teaching certificate.