Frequently Asked Questions
Are there specific times that I will be required to be online and if so when?
The program is 100% online and designed to be convenient for working professionals. Some courses will have Elluminate sessions which your are encouraged to attend. However, Elluminate sessions are recorded, so if you cannot attend, you may view at a time more convenient for you.
When do I meet with an advisor and register for classes?
You may schedule an advising session with Dr. Charlotte Boling, Program Advisor, anytime Monday - Thursday, 9-4 p.m., or attend an online advising session via Elluminate.
The program has six field experiences and two clinical experiences. When will these experiences be required?
The Reading Education Master's degree program has several required field experiences and two clinical experiences. The field experiences are specific course assignments that you will complete in an educational setting. (This can be your personal classroom.) The field experiences range from administering a variety of reading assessments to teaching lessons.
There are two clinical experiences: 1) RED 6866 Practicum in Teaching Reading, where you are required to teach a reading block for a minimum of one week; and 2) RED 6911 Action Research in Reading is an experience where you study a specific issue in reading education.
How do I find and/or arrange placements for the field and clinical experiences?
Field and clinical experiences will be approved by Dr. Boling. If you are currently teaching, most experiences can be completed in your classroom or school. If you are not currently teaching, your placement will be arranged by the Graduate Advising Office (Chasity Manning, Graduate Advising Coordinator).
Am I required to obtain reading certification in my state?
Public school teachers in Florida are required to submit passing scores on the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FCTE) Reading Subject Area Exam.
When do I apply for graduation?
You will apply for graduation during your 5th semester or the semester before you expect to graduate.
Is there a graduation ceremony or will I just get a diploma in the mail?
UWF holds commencement ceremonies at the end of the Fall and Spring Semesters. When completing your Graduation Application, you will indicate if you plan to participate in the ceremony. We hope you join us at the UWF Commencement Ceremony to celebrate your graduation! Diplomas are mailed to the graduate approximately one month after the semester ends.
Does this program admit students every semester?
Applications for the Reading, M.Ed., are taken for Fall Semesters only. The application deadline for Fall is June 1.