OAKLAND UNIVERSITY                                                                 Graduate Education
GRADUATE COUNCIL                                                                    520 O’Dowd Hall

Modify Approved Graduate Academic Program

The Graduate Council approves all major curriculum changes, deletions and additions to graduate
certificate, graduate degree and doctoral degree programs. Proposals and other actions pertaining to
policies and procedures governing graduate education must be approved by the Council and then
submitted to the Provost, Senate and Board, as applicable, for approval.

Academic units, modifying the curriculum of an existing graduate program or renaming, merging or
splitting a program must submit a proposal to Graduate Council for review and approval. Major program
modifications include course deletions or additions that change the nature of the program, or distribution
of courses in the program, or change of total credit hours required.
Please complete this brief proposal and submit an electronic copy to Claire Rammel@oakland.edu.

□ merge programs               □ split program       □ rename program                   modify program

Effective Term/Year Fall 2013

Name of Current Program(s): Masters of Arts in Teaching Reading (MAT Reading)

Name of Proposed Program(s) No change

Department: Reading and Language Arts Department
Approved by email vote on 7-15-2012

College/School: SEHS

I certify that the above proposal has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate Department
and College/School committees:

                                                 October 8, 2012           Linda M/ Pavonetti

Dept Chair or Director (signature)                  Date           Dept Chair or Director (print)

         Passed                                  October 8, 2012

Dean of College/School (signature)                  Date           Dean of College/School (print)

DECISION OF GRADUATE COUNCIL                                                                               Date

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List proposed program changes related to merging, splitting, renaming or
modifying a program.

       1.1   Current academic program(s): The current program is the MAT Reading Program.
It is a 36 credit hour program (unless the individual student elects to complete an
additional four-credit-hour elective in lieu of the masters project/thesis) approved by the
State of Michigan, which may lead to teachers qualifying for several professional

       1.2   Proposed academic program(s) to merge, split or rename. OR

       Proposed modification to current program (brief description): The proposed
modification is to change the 36/40 credit hours eliminating one 4-credit-hour elective

2. Describe the reason(s) for the proposed change. We propose this change to better align
with other MAT programs in the area.
    Madonna University’s MAT in Literacy is a 34 credit program.
    Marygrove College’s MAT program is 30 credits (10 three-credit classes)
    Saginaw Valley State University’s MAT program is 39 credits
    Central Michigan’s Master of Arts degree in Reading and Literacy K-12: 33 credits—only
       offered in Traverse City (not on-line)
    Eastern Michigan: There is no MAT in Reading, nor is there a generalists’ degree at the
       Masters level. They are all aimed at secondary math or science
    Grand Valley State University’s degree is a M. Ed in Literacy Studies and is a minimum of 33
    University of Michigan’s program is a 30-credit master of arts degree in educational studies
    Michigan State University offers a 30 credit Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum
With a 36-40 credit hour program, we are at the top end of the state’s programs.

3. Current program(s) requirements. (admission requirements, program requirements,
   course offerings, delivery method and advising structure).
           Admissions: Applicants to the MAT degree in reading and language arts apply for
           admission through Graduate Admissions.
           The department considers only those applicants who hold baccalaureate degrees from
           regionally accredited institutions. While an undergraduate grade point average of at least
           3.00 is the minimum standard for admission, other factors bearing on potential academic
           success are given due consideration. An application for admission, two letters of
           recommendation and official transcripts of previous academic work must be submitted to
           Graduate Admissions before the application can be reviewed by the department.
       Program Requirements: The current requirement for the MAT in reading and language arts
          is 36 credits; if the two-course option, in lieu of the RDG 699 Master’s Project is selected,
          the program requires 40 credits. Most students opt for the 40-credit option
       Delivery Methods: Lecture, Hybrid, or On-Line. We are currently implementing a totally on-
          line option to supplement our face-to-face traditional delivery.
       Advising Structure: When students are accepted into our MAT program, they are assigned a
          full-time faculty member as an advisor. Most advising is done face-to-face, but recently
          some faculty have used Skype and other on-line methods.

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4. Proposed change to the program.
    Admission requirements: No change
    Program requirements: Current catalog copy reads:
             “The Master of Arts in Teaching in reading and language arts degree is awarded upon
             satisfactory completion of 36 credits in an approved program of study. If the two-course
             option, in lieu of RDG 699 (Master’s Practicum), is selected, the program requires 40
             Amended copy would read:
             “The Master of Arts in Teaching in reading and language arts degree is awarded upon
             satisfactory completion of 32 credits in an approved program of study, unless the
             individual student elects to complete an additional four-credit hour elective in lieu of the
             masters project/thesis. If the two-course option is selected, the program requires 36
            Course offerings:
             The department has voted to drop one elective class, which would lower the required
             hours to 32 credits with the masters project/thesis or 36 credit hours if the two-course
             elective option is selected.

       The only other change in course offerings will be that RDG 571 will not be required.
       Instead, students will have an option among four literature classes:
            RDG 570: The Author's and Illustrator's Art and Craft (4 Credits)
            RDG 571: Foundations of Literature for Children and Young Adults (4 Credits)
            RDG 573: Adolescent Literature in Middle Schools, Junior and Senior High
              Schools (4 Credits)
            RDG 574: Literature for the Young Child (4 Credits)
Delivery method: There will be several options once NCA has approved expanded on-line
programs at Oakland
        Totally on-line (limited availability at this time). Out-of-state students who are
           enrolled in on-line programs may receive in-state tuition. This is pending based on
           NCA approval.
        Totally face-to-face (currently available)
        Blended delivery (currently available)
       We are preparing course action forms for any classes that have not gone through the
       process. All classes will be approved as L, LW, and N.
    Advising structure: No change

       4.1    Please provide a sample program under the proposed requirements.
          See attached proposed program plan that advisors and students would complete.
       Requirements for the MAT in Reading with a Concentration as a K-8 Classroom Reading
       Teacher (BT), K-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement (BR) or K-8 Language Arts
       Endorsement (BX) are also specified on the attached proposed program plan.
       (Appendix A).

5. Provide a list of all new courses and deleted courses. Identify and label the course
   as core, focus (concentration, depth) elective or exit requirement.

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        No courses will be added and no courses will be dropped. We will still offer the same core
        and elective classes that we currently offer.

 Course        Title                        Credits   Prerequisite   Equivalent    New or delete     Identify Course

        5.1 Do any of the courses being deleted affect other degree programs?

 6. If any resources needed (personnel, FTE academic, facilities or equipment) please
 provide budget. If no resources required, please provide a statement in the proposal.
        There are no additional resources required for this modification.

 7. Funding sources: state sources, federal funds, and other funds as specified.
        There are no additional resources required for this modification.

 8. If the program is professionally accredited, identify the accrediting body and
    discuss how the proposed change may affect accreditation.
        The MAT Reading degree is accepted by the State of Michigan and by TEAC as part of the
        SEHS accreditation process. We will not affect any accreditation processes by dropping one
        elective course and lowering our required credit hours to 32 or 36.

 9. Impact on current students, enrollment, time-to-degree, target audience, faculty
    workload, etc.
            Impact on current students: Beginning with the 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog, students
             may choose to follow new program plan, thus graduating with 32 or 36 credits. Current
             students must adhere to the requirements for the catalog when they were admitted.
             Students graduating prior to Fall 2013 must adhere to the requirements for the catalog
             when they were admitted or later.
            Impact on enrollment: From students who have chosen a different program over ours, the
             primary concern they have voiced is the cost, and the number of classes required is
             certainly a contributing factor in cost.
            Impact on time-to-degree: Most of our students are teachers who are currently working in
             local school districts. They take one class per semester. This will mean they may
             complete their masters degree in less time.
            Students may enroll in the program full-time, in which case their time-to-degree will be
             marginally shortened
            Impact on target audience: We will be able to present our program in a favorable light
             and better compete with our peer institutions.
            Impact on faculty workload: There will be no appreciable difference in faculty workload.

10. Provide explanation for how students enrolled in the program prior to effective date of
    any curriculum change may complete their program under old requirements – if so
    desired. The courses required must remain available, or suitable substitutions
    specifically designated.
        There will be no changes to the core courses so current students will not experience any
        difficulties. All course offerings will remain unchanged.

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                                                          Appendix A
                              Reading and Language Arts Department, Oakland University
                               Masters of Arts in Teaching in Reading and Language Arts
                              Program Plan beginning with Fall 2013 semester admission

Student Name:                                        ID#:                                 Date:

Email:                                              Phone:                                Advisor:

Program must be completed within 6 years beginning with the first Oakland course or the semester/year of the oldest
course accepted in transfer. Program #:               First semester enrolled:

Core Program (required) RDG 500, RDG 571, RDG 575, RDG 632, and RDG 633

Program                            Requirements                                 Total Hours                   Endorsement

MAT in Reading                     1.Core + 699 + 2E                                      32                        BT
                                   2.Core + 4E                                            36                        BT

MAT + BR                           3.Core + 538 + 540 + 699                               32                        BR
                                   4.Core + 538 + 540 + 2E                                36                        BR

MAT+ ZS*                           5.Core + 560 + 699 + 24-26 EC                          56-62                     ZS
MAT+BR+ZS*                         6.Core + 560 + 538 + 540 + 24-26 EC                    56-62                     BR/ZS

MAT+BX                             7. Core + 534 + 1E (ENG & LIN)+ 699                    32                        BX
                                   8. Core + 534 + 3E (ENG & LIN)                         36                        BX
BT: (K-8) Classroom Reading Teacher Endorsement                      *ZS: Early Childhood Endorsement (Because of the increased
BR: (K-12) Reading Specialist Endorsement                            number of credits required for the ZA, it may be advisable to
BX: (K-8) Language Arts Endorsement                                  complete the Reading MAT then pursue an EC certificate or
                                                                     masters degree.
                                         E: Elective in RDG or IST

Required Courses            Date         Credits       Elective Courses               Date             Credits         Endorsement
RDG 500                                    4         RDG 540                                       4                   BR
RDG 571 (570, 574,                         4         RDG 538                                       4                   BR
RDG 575                                     4        RDG 699 or                                    4
                                                     8 credit hours
                                                     of electives
RDG 632*                                    4        Elective                                      4
RDG 633*                                    4        Elective                                      4

TOTAL CREDITS                               20                                                     12 OR 16
*20 credits are required prior to enrolling in the diagnosis and remediation sequence, RDG 632/ 633 (to be taken in consecutive
semesters with the same instructor).

Program details including endorsement requirements are listed in the Graduate Catalog. Complete course descriptions and
suggested elective courses can be found online at http://www.oakland.edu/?id=9482&sid=174

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Program Plan: If you are teaching full time, you should plan to take one course per semester. At this rate you can complete the
program in two and a half years. Take RDG 500 as your first course (or second if it is not offered the semester you begin). Then
take RDG 571 and RDG 575 (in either order) during the next two semesters. Follow these core courses with three elective
courses before the RDG 632/633 sequence. This sequence must be taken in consecutive semesters from the same instructor. If
you are planning to complete the program with the masters project, RDG 699, you need to meet with a full-time faculty member
prior to the semester you plan to register to discuss your proposed project and obtain permission to register. If you intend to
complete the two-course option instead of the project you may take the additional electives prior to the 632/633 sequence.
If you have questions about this sequence or are registered for one of the combined programs please check with your adviser.

The following tentative year round schedule indicates the usual schedule for core and elective courses.
                       MAT Program in Reading and Language Arts Tentative Year Round Schedule:

                              OU Rochester Campus                                               Macomb University Center
Courses                                        Fall        Winter Spring Summer          Fall     Winter  Spring     Summer

RDG 500: Foundations of Reading Instruction        1     OL                               OL                      1
RDG 571: Foundations of Literature for Children &  1                                                 OL                   1
       Young Adults
RDG 575: Teaching Writing in the Elementary and OL                            1 Clinic               1           OL
       Secondary Schools
RDG 632: Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities         1      1           1                               1
RDG 633: Correction of Reading Disabilities               1           1          1                           1
RDG 699: Master’s Project: Independent work       Ind    Ind         Ind        Ind      Ind     Ind        Ind       Ind
                   Main Campus Electives: Microcomputer (IST)                            Off Campus Electives: Microcomputer
IST 590: Spec Problems in IST                       2      1
IST 594: Intro to Tech App in Classroom             1
IST 595: Instruct Sys Tech Application                     1
IST 679: Software Design                                               1
IST 630: Workshop in Ed Software & Tech                                          1
IST 670: Online Learning and Teaching               1
IST 699: Master’s Project: Independent work        OL     OL          OL        OL        OL     OL         OL        OL
                    Main Campus Electives: Reading/Language Arts                         Macomb Electives: Reading/Language
RDG 510: Inquiry-Based Literacy Instruction         2 OL      1        1         1        1      OL         1          1
RDG 532: Teaching Reading in the Primary                      1                                  1
RDG 534: Reading-Language Arts Instruction—           1                                                           1
       Elementary Education
RDG 538: Reading/Learning in Content Subjects                OL        1                  OL         1
RDG 540: Leadership Literacy Instruction              1                1                             OL          OL
RDG 560: Emergent Literacy—Early Reading &            1                1
RDG 561: Phonics in Proper Perspective                        1                                                           1
RDG 563: Reading Writing Connection                                    1                              1                   1
RDG 570: Authors & Illustrators, Arts & Crafts                                   1
RDG 573: Literature in the Middle-Senior High                 1
RDG 574: Literature for the Young Child                                1                  OL
RDG 577: Narrative Reading & Writing                                            1
RDG 578: Nonfiction Reading & Writing                                           1
RDG 590: Independent Study in Reading &              OL      OL       OL        OL        OL         OL          OL      OL
       Language Arts

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