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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Reading Instruction, M.A.

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Contact Information

Program Director: Candace Poindexter

Academic Advisor: Terri Taylor


This program offers an area of specialization in reading instruction. It is a carefully planned sequence of thirty-three semester hours designed to prepare the candidate with professional competencies and skills to more effectively teach and promote literacy skills at the elementary and secondary school levels. This degree is offered as a traditional program or as an online program.

Program Outcomes

As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Apply current evidence-based and developmentally appropriate strategies in the following areas: oral language development, word analysis, fluency, vocabulary development, listening and reading comprehension, and written language development
  • Demonstrate mastery of basic principles of assessment by evaluating the needs of all students through the use of formative and summative assessment
  • Implement appropriate literacy learning strategies using differentiated instruction
  • Demonstrate support of excellence in teaching reading and provide appropriate intervention strategies
  • Create positive literacy environments to motivate and engage all learners using current technologies
  • Take steps to serve as a leader to develop and maintain reading initiative at the school site or district level
  • Collaborate with parents/families and community to enrich or reform the teaching of reading practices

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Statement of Intent
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Technology Requirement Form
  • 2 sealed official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Interview with Program Director/Assistant Director
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL or IELTS minimum score

Program Requirements

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