This Master of Arts in Education/ Reading degree program is for educators who are interested in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and methodology to diagnose and facilitate instructional strategies. This program provides students with the opportunity to network with other colleagues throughout the nation who have similar career goals. This program prepares educators for professional certification with a Reading PK-12 endorsement in the state of Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
Degree in education
Standard teaching certificate
Literacy Specialization (21 hours required)
Take one course from: ENG 847P, 848P or 849 (must be at the graduate level)
Take one course from: ENG 871P or TE 853C
Select three hours elective credit in coordination with your adviser.
Course Number: ENG 847P
Establishing criteria for selecting, evaluating, and reading a wide range of literature for children.
|Literature for Adolescents||3|
Course Number: ENG 848/848P
An exposure to and evaluation of the literature genres appropriate for study in secondary schools.
|Children's and Adolescent Literature||3|
Course Number: ENG 849
Study and analysis of Children's and Adolescent Literature from grades preK-12. Students examine primary texts and scholarly commentary in the context of prevailing assumptions and ideologies over conceptions of childhood and adolescence. The class also offers strategies for increasing children's and adolescents' engagement with literature and their understanding of literary techniques.
|Langauge and Composition in the Seconday School||3|
Course Number: ENG 871P
Study of topics and issues in rhetorical, linguistic, and literacy theory as related to the teaching of language arts.
Course Number: TE 800
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.
|Philosophy of Education||3|
Course Number: TE 803
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
|Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education||3|
Course Number: TE 804
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.
|Overview of Assistive Technology||3|
Course Number: TE 805P
This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.
Course Number: TE 816B
3 credits Prereq: TE 845, TE 846 (exceptions with department permission) Students participate in supervised remedial tutoring of individual children or small groups of children having similar reading disabilities.
|Contemporary Theory & Practice in Reading||3|
Course Number: TE 845
This course will provide students with an opportunity to investigate the theoretical background of the reading process and analyze instructional practices in developmental reading at the elementary school level.
|Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Difficulties||3|
Course Number: TE 846
This course focuses on the development of an understanding of the relationship of the psychological factors and individual remedial instruction in reading. A comprehensive study is made of selected diagnostic tests and remedial procedures.
|Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Language||3|
Course Number: TE 853C
Attention is directed to the newest innovations in language arts instruction, (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and to the selection of materials for diagnostic and instructional programs. Students will evaluate the various teaching techniques through a comparative study of current programs in elementary language arts, (Reading, writing, listening, speaking).
|Reading in the Content Areas||3|
Course Number: TE 854
Students completing this course will have an opportunity to examine the nature of the reading process and the kinds of particular problems teachers in content areas of middle and secondary school face daily. It will also provide the teacher with the ability to apply specific strategies in helping those students having difficulty reading the materials necessary for specific content areas.
|Technology Tools for Teachers||3|
Course Number: TE 886P
This course is a general introductory course for using computers and other technology to promote student learning. Students will learn how to integrate computer-based instruction programs into their curriculum and be introduced to electronic library and other on-line resources. In addition, students will investigate other current hardware and software technologies for use in teaching and learning.
|Seminar in Education||3|
Course Number: TE 897
This course is designed to specifically meet the content and program needs of a specific audience, institution, agency, or public school setting. The content is designed and developed to meet the in-depth needs of the participants involved in the area of special education and related fields.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.