Learning Outcomes — Master of Arts in Reading Instruction

  • Ability to design and implement an action research project that will be conducted during their participation in the MARI program.  They will investigate literacy theories and research in their review of the literature and will gain experience using action research as a systematic process of inquiry.  They will also present a summary of their project utilizing technology.
  • Knowledge of relevant literacy theories and research and apply this knowledge to their practice.
  • Knowledge of the principles of reading instruction (i.e., phonemic awareness, word identification and phonics, vocabulary and background knowledge, fluency, comprehension, motivation) and apply them in the contexts of the classroom, tutoring sessions, and coaching with colleagues.
  • Ability to evaluate, select, and implement a wide range of grouping options, instructional practices, and curriculum materials with diverse learners based on the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the students as well as their interests and reading abilities.
  • Ability to administer a variety of formal and informal reading assessments to determine their efficacy and to evaluate a student's reading achievement in terms of developmental strengths and areas of need.
  • Ability to identify quality children's and young adult literature and to integrate it into their reading and writing activities.
  • Ability to apply content knowledge to the three roles of the reading specialist: instruction, assessment, and leadership.  They will also develop the competencies necessary for coaching colleagues in the areas of reading and writing.
  • Ability to apply content knowledge in a supervised clinical practicum experience in which they evaluate and instruct struggling readers, and report their results to various audiences (e.g., parents, classroom teachers, students).