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- Available Lessons: 337
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryThis comprehensive online study guide course offers a quick and convenient way to prepare for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam. The course's engaging lessons and mini quizzes help you quickly review the reading-related teaching and assessment concepts you'll need to know for the test.
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About This Course
The lessons in this course look at all the topics on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Reading Specialist exam. As you work through this collection of short and expertly taught lessons, you'll refresh your understanding of literacy foundations, language acquisition, literature, reading assessments and the roles of professional reading specialists in education. The course can be accessed whenever you have free time to study, and in addition to the lesson content, the course contains plenty of practice assessments you can take to retain your knowledge and gain confidence before this MTEL exam.
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This course was last updated in 2020.
Syllabus & Course Information
This course is designed to improve your reading instruction skills and refresh your knowledge of literacy instruction concepts. We've also aligned the content of this course with the topics you can expect to find on the MTEL Reading Specialist exam. By the end of the course, you should be able to:
- Outline the literacy and vocabulary development process
- Compare types of reading assessments and their uses
- Teach reading comprehension strategies for fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry
- Name common literary genres
- Create a literacy-rich environment
- Use strategies for teaching reading to all types of learners
- Define the components of phonological, phonemic and print awareness
- Explain aspects of professional development and responsibilities of reading specialists
- Recognize effective reading materials and resources
- Evaluate reading specialist approaches and programs
The course is comprised of 287 lessons that are broken into 33 chapters. Work through the lessons at your own pace and follow up each lesson with a short quiz. You can print the lessons' transcripts if you want to study offline, and our subject-matter experts are happy to answer any course topic questions you may have.
MTEL Reading Specialist (08) Exam Information
Passing the MTEL Reading Specialist exam is one of the requirements for becoming a licensed reading specialist in the state of Massachusetts.
- Number of Questions: 102
- Question Types: Multiple-choice and open-response
- Time Limit: 4 hours
- Exam Cost: $139
MTEL Reading Specialist (08) Exam Breakdown
In addition to the subareas listed below, the final 20% of the exam will feature two constructed-response questions that test your ability to analyze some of the topics found throughout the test.
|MTEL Reading Specialist Exam Concept||Percent of the MTEL Reading Specialist Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Reading Processes and Development||32%||39-41||151|
|Professional Knowledge and Roles of the Reading Specialist||16%||19-21||35|
MTEL Reading Specialist (08) Preparation & Registration
This course lets you refresh your knowledge of topics related to the teaching of reading as you prepare to take the MTEL Reading Specialist exam. Our instructors will go over the process of literacy development and how students learn to read and write. You'll look at types of assessments and how to analyze and implement the results in the classroom. Other lessons examine strategies for teaching reading to all types of learners, and you'll also review information on professional development options and get information on what a reading specialist should do. You can assess your knowledge through our lesson quizzes, chapter tests and a final comprehensive exam.
The test is offered on most Mondays-Saturdays, year-round, at testing centers in Massachusetts and other sites in the U.S. To start the registration process, you must create an account at the testing website and apply to test. It is recommended that you register at least three days prior to your desired test date. You can cancel and change the date up to 24 hours in advance without penalty.
You'll be emailed an authorization notice when your application is accepted, and this allows you to complete the registration process. You must designate a date and testing site, pay for the test and indicate institutions that you wish to receive your scores. On test day, all you need to bring is a government-issued photo ID in the name in which you registered.
MTEL Reading Specialist (08) Scoring
Your score report will be posted to your online account about three weeks after the testing date. You can also ask that it be sent to you through email. Your scores will also be sent to the educator preparation programs you designated at registration, and a pass/fail status will be posted to your profile in the state licensure system.
A score of at least 240 is required to pass. The test consists of multiple-choice questions in four subareas, and two open-response assignments that may draw on information from any or all of these subareas. Only correct answers are scored, so guess if you aren't sure of an answer on the multiple-choice questions. An incorrect response won't count against you.
Reading Processes and Development
Approximate percentage of test content: 32%
Exam topics covered: The relationships between speaking, listening, writing and reading, phonological awareness, phonemics, concepts of print, the alphabetic principle, approaches to phonics instruction, how to use phonics with different types of learners, vocabulary development, ways to comprehend and analyze literary/imaginative texts and strategies for helping all types of learners comprehend expository and content-area texts
What you'll study: The lessons in our study guide cover cognitive development, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, linguistics, stages of language development, semantics, the alphabetic principle, development of spelling, print awareness, how to teach reading fluency, spelling and word patterns, syllabication, process of vocabulary acquisition, ways to improve reading comprehension, how to analyze plots, how to draw conclusions, types of literary genres, strategies for reading and analyzing works of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry, the role of literature aimed at children and young adults, literary devices, expository text, steps in learning to read, how to support emergent literacy, strategies for teaching reading comprehension, strategies for assessing reading materials and ways to encourage reading for enjoyment.
Approximate percentage of test content: 16%
Exam topics covered: Validity and reliability in testing, norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests, testing bias, uses of reading and writing assessments, types of assessments, methods of screening for reading disabilities and difficulties, tests for detecting deficiencies in specific reading skills and laws regarding diagnosis of reading difficulties and disabilities
What you'll study: The role of assessment in education, types of assessments, the cloze procedure, Bloom's taxonomy, how to determine validity in assessments, norm- and criterion-based scoring, use of mean, median, range and mode, factors that can impact student test performance, how to identify children with learning disabilities, individual education plans and regulations regarding education for individuals with disabilities are among the topics examined by our lessons.
Approximate percentage of test content: 16%
Exam topics covered: Research-based strategies for promoting acquisition of reading and writing skills, research-based strategies for extending reading and writing skills, how children's and young adult literature can promote development of literacy skills, how to differentiate reading instruction to meet the needs of individuals students, ways to develop reading skills in English language learners, strategies for instructing students with learning disabilities, how to select reading materials that are appropriate for each student's skill level and use of technology for instruction and assessments
What you'll study: Our study guide includes lessons on strategies for instruction of English language learners, characteristics of effective teachers, cooperative learning, team teaching, how to choose reading materials and resources, computer-based assessments, attention and memory development, information processing and types of problems and problem solving strategies.
Professional Knowledge and Roles of the Reading Specialist
Approximate percentage of test content: 16%
Exam topics covered: Ways to interpret, evaluate and apply research findings to literacy, how to find sources of current literacy research, the role of a reading specialist, creation of school-wide reading programs, communication information related to reading development and instruction to colleagues, how to select reading materials appropriate to the student's abilities and use of technology for assessments and instruction
What you'll study: Lessons in this part of our comprehensive study guide explore types of research and experimental design, research ethics, action research in education, the reading specialist's role, how to teach teachers to teach, professional organizations, strategies for advancing professional development, elements of effective reading programs, components of a basal reading program, techniques for parent-teacher conference and community resources for reading development.
Integration of Knowledge and Understanding
Approximate percentage of test content: 20%
Exam topics covered: This subarea consists of two open-response writing assignments that may incorporate subjects covered in each of the subareas.
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