The College's School of Education offers a number of Masters degrees for certified teachers. Teachers can start these programs in the Fall, Spring or Summer. Classes are offered late afternoon after the school day.
The comprehensive, field based program in literacy is nationally recognized by the International Reading Association (IRA). The program consists of 36 credits with 30 credits of core requirements including a supervised practicum in teaching literacy and 6 credits of electives in Special Education, Teacher leadership, or Middle level instruction. The program uses an integrated approach that includes assessment, planning, instruction, and critical reflection to prepare professionals who are proficient in providing literacy instruction to all students. An additional goal is to prepare professionals proficient in organizing and supervising literacy programs in schools. The program meets certification requirements for reading specialist/literacy coach and is offered at two developmental levels:
- Early Childhood and Childhood Literacy (Birth-Grade 6)
- Middle Childhood and Adolescence Literacy (Grades 5- 12)
The extensive field-based Special Education program is designed to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities in a variety of settings such as special self-contained classes, resource room, and co-taught classrooms. The program provides knowledge and skills, including instructional strategies, assessment, and collaboration, related to teaching children and adolescents with disabilities. The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The program consists of 36 credits with 30 credits of core requirements including a supervised practicum in teaching special education and 6 credits of electives in Literacy, Teacher leadership, or Middle level instruction.
The program is offered at two developmental levels meeting certification requirements for teaching students with disabilities with an option to specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorders at either level. This option allows candidates to pursue an annotation in severe or multiple disabilities.