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The Curriculum & Instruction Program

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Reading and Literacy

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Specialization Description

The 30 credit-hour M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy may be achieved by completing:  24 credit hours in Reading and Literacy courses and 6 credit hours in Foundation courses.

A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate level coursework must be successfully completed.  Specific program requirements are planned in collaboration with the program adviser.  Course work is offered during fall and spring semesters of the academic years as well as during the summer session.  If background in professional education is limited, additional courses will be required beyond the 30-hour program.

The 24 credit hours in Reading and Literacy courses include six (6) credit hours of clinical practicum.  Individuals who enter the program without previous coursework in Reading and Literacy, who plan to seek the Reading Specialist endorsement, should plan to take a 36 credit-hour M.Ed. program.

For more information in regards to educator licensing and endorsement, contact the State of Vermont Department of Education at

Requisite Skills

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education and demonstrated academic competence.

  2. For endorsement, candidates need a Level I or Level II Vermont teaching license and successful present or previous teaching experience (or other relevant experience).

  3. Commitment to the teaching profession.

  4. Demonstration of academic preparedness for graduate study.  This includes a transcript review and recommendations from appropriate individuals.

  5. Three letters of recommendation.

Program of Study

Fall 2016

Cultivating Children's Literacy in Elementary/Middle School (EDLT 222)

Contemporary research and practice related to the development of strategic, motivated, and independent readers and writers.  Emphasis on integrating reading and writing within collaborative environments.  Prerequisites:  Twelve hours in education and/or related areas including an introductory course in reading or permission.

Fall 2017

Critical Issues in Language and Literacy  (EDLT 385)

In this course we explore the relationships between and among language, literacy and cultural-linguistic influences on language/literacy development.  Topics include phonemic awareness, phonics instruction, fluency, comprehension, spelling and writing.  Prerequisites:  Nine graduate credits in Reading/Literacy or permission.

Spring 2017

Multicultural Children's Literature (EDLT 236)

Current research in multicultural education and literacy informs examination of representation and perspective in literature for children and youth.  Perspectives include religion, race, gender, SES.

Spring 2018

Literacy Assessment:  Understanding Individual Differences (EDLT 375)

Designing and using assessment strategies to improve and adapt instruction.  Identify, evaluate, and document literacy development, emphasizing students at risk of reading failure.  Prerequisites:  EDLT 222 or permission.

Clinical and Tutorial Approaches for Literacy Intervention (EDLT 376)

Approaches for prevention, correction of reading and written language difficulties.  Supervised teaching of individuals and/or small groups experiencing reading and language problems.  Apprenticeships in reading instructional program.  Prerequisites:  Three graduate credits in Reading/Literacy or permission.

Application Information

Individual or a series of courses can be taken. One does not need to be enrolled in a specific program of study. However, for those interested in applying to a degree program, please contact Alan Tinkler for advisement information. For an application to the Masters Degree you must apply through the graduate college. You can find an application and other relevant information on their website.

To register for any of the Reading and Literacy courses go to the Division of Continuing Education website.

To register for C&I graduate courses go to the Office of the Registrar.

Integration with C & I Program

For an application to the Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction you must apply through the graduate college. You can find an application and other relevant information on the graduate college website.

Contact Information

C&I Program Support

Department of Education
University of Vermont
533 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405


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