Reading and Language Arts, M.S.

This program is offered by the Literacy, Elementary, & Early Childhood Education Department

Program Description

Nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association and the Connecticut State Department of Education, the MS Program helps educators develop into stronger teachers of literacy. The MS Program has four strands of which the first two can lead to the 102 endorsement (Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts) and/or the 097 endorsement (Reading and Language Arts Consultant). Strand 3 is for educators who wish to strengthen their knowledge and pedagogical skills in literacy, without the need to pursue an advanced endorsement in reading/language arts. Strand 4 is for educators who are interested in both literacy and mathematics education. Click on the Curriculum link above to learn more about each strand.

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Learning Outcomes


  1. Candidates understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.

  2. Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.

  3. Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction

  4. Candidates create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.

  5. Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.