Woodrow Trathen, Chair
Reading Education, MA and Reading Education Graduate Certificate
Beth Frye, Graduate Program Director (both programs)
Special Education, MA and Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate
Rebecca Shankland, Graduate Degree and Certificate Program Director
The Master of Arts degree in Reading Education, General has two concentrations: Adult Literacy and Classroom/Clinical. Each concentration provides a well-balanced program of academic and practicum experiences designed to produce graduates capable of providing quality services to the region, state, and nation. The Adult Literacy concentration prepares instructors and administrators to deliver and coordinate literacy services for adults seeking to improve their reading and writing skills. The Classroom/Clinical concentration is intended for classroom teachers and reading specialists. Students with this concentration are prepared to teach all aspects of reading and language arts to K-12 students. Upon completion, graduates are eligible for Master (M) level teaching licensure.
The Master of Arts degree in Special Education prepares teachers and others to work with students with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, autism, and other disabilities. Upon graduation from the Master’s program, students who hold an A-level license when they enter the program will have fulfilled the competencies required for the advanced competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and will be eligible for employment in a variety of special education settings including public and private schools as well as community settings. Students complete the Product of Learning at the end of their program to demonstrate that they have met the standards and skills required of a master teacher.
The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is an interdisciplinary certificate program designed for professionals working in the field of autism including teachers, related service providers, human service agency personnel, families, and community supports. Students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs may elect to complete the graduate minor in Austism Spectrum Disorders.
ProgramsMaster of ArtsGraduate CertificateGraduate Minor