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Education: Reading ( Online Only )

Education: Reading ( Online Only )

The Master of Education degree includes specialization areas in Administration and Supervision, Secondary Education, Reading, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), and Special Education. The M.Ed. degree is designed for certified teachers seeking advanced knowledge of teaching and learning in a specific area. Students seeking teacher certification should obtain a Guam Commission on Educator Certification (GCEC) teacher certification evaluation before developing a program of study. Students completing the Administration and Supervision degree will be able to apply for certification in that field from the GCEC.

Students should contact an advisor for information about the program in which they are interested.



The School of Education offers a Master of Education program with five (5) areas of specialization, all of which are designed to prepare students for advanced roles in the field of Education:

  1. Administration and Supervision (36 credits)
  2. Reading (36 credits or 45 credits thesis/special project option)
  3. Secondary Education (36 credits)
  4. Special Education (36 credits)
  5. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): (36 credits)

Option A: Thesis / Special Project
Option B: Non-Thesis


Applicants must meet all University requirements stated in the Academic regulations of this catalog, including:

  1. A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate cumulative GPA based on a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours
  2. Submit an Electronic Portfolio on LiveText to the Admission Committee to include the following:
      1. an essay, between 300-500 words, of accomplishments, interests, and goals relating to education.
      2. three School of Education dispositions rubrics to be completed by two School of Education faculty and one current/former employer or school site administrator or master teacher.
  3. 3. A completed Form-A

Contact the School of Education Dean’s Office for more information.


Maintain 3.0 GPA for all coursework in the M.Ed. program. The School of Education is responsible for the academic advisement of its graduate students. Candidates are required to maintain an online, electronic portfolio. The portfolio will be used as a basis for assessment and advisement throughout the graduate studies experience and will be closely monitored at major decision points such as admission to candidacy, midpoint, and exit. All candidates must pass the PRAXIS II in their content area with a passing score approved for licensure on Guam. Current requirements (May 11, 2010) may be found at the Guam Commission for Educator Certification website http://www.gcec.guam.gov.


Students wishing to complete a Double Major in two areas of Education may do so by completing the following requirements:

  1. Core Courses: 6 or 9 credits.
  2. Two Areas of Specialization Coursework.
    Note: Elective courses may be taken in second area of specialization.
  3. PRAXIS II covering both areas of specialization.
  4. Thesis or Special Project option (6 credits) to include both areas.

Students electing to Double Major will receive one degree with both areas of study listed on the transcript.


Definitions and descriptions of the scope and format for Special Project and Thesis requirements appear in the Degree Requirements of this Bulletin. A student in consultation with his or her advisor will decide upon which requirement will best meet student and program goals.


The School of Education offers a Masters Degree with specialization in Reading as an Online Program. The program offers the same rigor and academic quality as a traditional face-to-face degree program, yet offers the convenience of online learning that fits the schedule of a busy professional. Our online program allows you to learn from the comfort of your own home or nearby school or library at a time that is convenient for you. We believe students will find the program both engaging and meaningful. This specialization is designed to prepare professionals in the field of reading/literacy who are interested in becoming highly effective teachers and specialists in reading and language arts. A thesis or special project is recommended for students who anticipate further study at the doctoral level. Reading faculty will conduct an admissions interview as an entry level assessment for new applicants.


This specialization is designed to prepare professionals for the following roles:

  1. To develop students’ literacy (reading and writing) in language arts and across the curriculum, with an emphasis on pre-school, elementary and secondary years.
  2. To assess and instruct students with diverse literacy needs in regular classrooms, as well as specialized settings (developmental or basic classes, ESL classes, special education classes, adult literacy centers, etc.).
  3. To participate as a member of a professional learning community, reflecting on practice and contributing to the improvement of instructional programs, advancement of knowledge and practice of colleagues.

Graduates find diverse professional positions, with the majority serving in schools as classroom teachers, reading/language arts resource teachers, special education teachers, and school consultants. Some become diagnosticians and reading specialists in clinical settings or private practice, and some go on to doctoral study.

In addition to course work that integrates theory and practice, students will diagnose and instruct individuals who have reading and writing problems.



A student who wishes to be admitted into this specialization must have a Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field (e.g. psychology, English, linguistics, etc.); and teaching experience of one or more years. Note that a teaching certificate is required for those wishing to teach at the elementary or secondary levels in the Guam Public School System. For additional information about the Reading Program, visit our website at http://www.uog.edu/dynamicdata/SOE_MA_Ed_Reading.aspx?siteid=1&P=1112#reading_online



Core Courses: (*3 or 6 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED601Introduction to Research Methods3
ED602, orQualitative Inquiry in Education, or3, or
ED603Quantitative Analysis3

*(ED602 or ED603 required only for students who wish to complete a thesis or special project)


Area of Specialization: (30 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED484GThe Art and Craft of Teaching Writing3
ED640Language and Literacy Development3
ED641Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3
ED642Seminar in Literature for Children and Young Adults3
ED643Practicum: Literacy Assessment3
ED644Practicum: Literacy Instructional Lab3
ED645Advanced Methods in PK-12 School Literacy3
ED646Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs3
ED647Issues and Research in Literacy Education3
ED649Capstone Seminar in Literacy3


Technology and Literacy: (3 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED638Teaching with the Internet3


Thesis or Special Project: (6 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED690, orSpecial Project, or6, or

*(ED690 or ED695 required only for those students who wish to complete a thesis or special project)


Capstone Portfolio and PRAXIS II for Reading Specialist with a passing score approved for licensure on Guam. Current requirements may be found at the Guam Commission for Educator Certification website http://www.gcec.guam.gov (required for students who seek Reading Specialist certification). Capstone Portfolio and written comprehensive exam required for students who do not seek Reading Specialist certification.


(For students who do not choose to complete a thesis/special project)



(For students who choose to complete a thesis or special project)

What careers are available to someone with a degree in Reading?

  1. Adult Educators
  2. Copy Editors
  3. Copywriters
  4. Editors
  5. News Analysts, Reporters, and Correspondents
  6. Public Relations Specialists
  7. Technical Writers
  8. Writers

Education: Reading ( Online Only ) is a Graduate Degrees program in the School of Education