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Undergraduate Questions

READ 3301 and READ 3302 are required for an elementary education undergraduate degree. If you are an elementary education major who chooses reading as your area of concentration, then, you will also complete READ 3000, 4534, 5316, and 5317.

READ 3301 and READ 3302 are required for a Special Education undergraduate degree. If you are on the SPED GC track, then, you will also complete READ 3000, 4534, 5316, and 5317.

A reading concentration includes 24 hours of study in the area of reading education. This study would be completed during a student's undergraduate coursework. A student who is interested in a reading concentration should inquire about details and procedures for completion with his/her undergraduate advisor.

The responsibilities for practicum activities vary depending on the course in which you are enrolled. Your individual course instructor will provide practicum specifics for each course. However, activities typically range from observing and assisting a classroom teacher to tutoring, teaching, and assessing small groups, individuals, or an entire class. The Office of Clinical Experiences is responsible for making all practicum placement assignments for the College of Education and can provide additional information.


Graduate Questions

A Master's Degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ) will allow you to be what the International Reading Association terms an "Excellent Reading Teacher," exhibiting qualities that will set you apart in terms of knowledge and practice related to reading and writing. You will gain specific knowledge related to reading and writing development, the assessment of students' needs and strengths, how to design an effective reading program, how to tailor instruction for and coach individual students, and the technical expertise associated with the diagnosis and remediation of reading difficulties. 

In addition, the MAEd-READ Program provides teachers with a substantial, current base of professional literacy knowledge that in many cases may lead them to assume positions as reading coaches in districts that fund such positions.

In order to begin the process of pursue a Master's Degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ), apply to the Graduate School at East Carolina University. All necessary forms are provided at http://www.ecu.edu/gradschool/

The Graduate Program Director for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction can provide you with information regarding the MAEd-READ Program. Contact Dr.Terry Atkinson for further details.


Licensure Questions

You may earn an "A" License in Reading. This will require some additional coursework during your undergraduate program, or you may return to complete an "Add-on Licensure Program". Here is a link to more information on the "Add-on Licensure Program":http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/alternative_licensure/AddOnLicensure.cfm

Additionally, earning a Master's degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ), adds an "M" License in Reading to your teaching certificate.

There are two reading licensure options that a teacher with a clear teaching license may consider. One would be the "A" license, which is an add-on licensure to a current teaching license. This "A" license certifies a person to teach reading in grades K-12. The second reading licensure is an "M" license. This is a graduate level license and it requires the completion of a Master's Degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ).

The following links provide printable brochures from the International Reading Association (IRA) that provide thorough descriptions of each of these roles.

To become a reading specialist, you must earn (at a minimum) an "A" License in Reading. This will require some additional coursework during your undergraduate program or you may return to complete an "Add-on Licensure Program". View related "add-on licensure information at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/alternative_licensure/AddOnLicensure.cfm

Additionally, you can earn a Master's Degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ), which will allow you to earn a "M" License in Reading.


What is the possibility of getting financial aid or scholarships?

Financial aid and scholarships are both available to students. Please view the following to links to learn more:


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