Oct 18, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Literacy Education, M.Ed.


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The program for the major in literacy provides for master’s level study of literacy processes and literacy instruction for culturally diverse learners in urban spaces. Students will integrate research and theory in practice and will focus on the following concentrations in the field of literacy: (a) literacy specialist, (b) digital literacies, and (c) families, communities, and culture.

This M.Ed. program is a 36-semester hour program (9 hours of Professional Studies; 9 hours in a Literacy Education Core; 18 hours in a concentration). The literacy education core meets the requirements for a reading endorsement. The literacy concentration is designed to prepare the graduate to work as a teacher of reading and writing, or literacy coach in grades P-12 and leads to certification as a Literacy Specialist. This degree adheres with the professional standards from the International Literacy Association for literacy professionals and classroom teachers of reading/literacy.

Program Admission

Entry into all concentrations requires a bachelor’s degree, 2.5 grade point average and two letters of recommendation.

Students who pursue the Literacy Specialist concentration need three years teaching experience and a T4 certification to apply for Literacy Specialist Certification.

Program Academic Regulations

Students must complete a portfolio as an exit requirement.

Certification Only 

Individuals who already have a master’s degree in education and T4 certification will be eligible to be recommended for the Literacy Specialist Certification after successfully completing the following course work and key assessments and successfully passing the GACE 117/118 Literacy Specialist examinations.

  • EDCI 7660   Practicum I (3)
  • EDRD 7550   Literacy Assessment and Curriculum Development (3)
  • EDRD 7600   Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Literacy (3)
  • EDRD 7630   Critical Literacies in the Content Areas (3)
  • EDRD 7650   Individualized Literacy Assessment and Instruction (3)
  • EDRD 8610   Professional Learning and Leadership of Literacy (3)

 

Degree Requirements


Professional Studies (9 Hours)


Students are encouraged to complete the following professional studies courses early in their programs.

Teaching Field/Major (27 Hours)


Required Literacy Core (9 Hours)


Teachers who have been selected for training in Reading Recovery may substitute ECE 7370  for EDRD 7650 .

Choose One Concentration (18 Hours)


Digital Literacies Concentration

Required (12 Hours)

Literacy Electives (6 Hours)

Select 2 courses (6 Hours): Courses may be selected from the list below (if not taken in a concentration) or from other literacy-related courses with consent of a language and literacy education advisor.

Completion of ECE 8400  and ECE 8680  will qualify candidates for a Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement.

Families, Communities, and Culture Concentration

Required (3 Hours)

Select Three Courses (9 Hours)

Courses may be selected from the list below or from other literacy-related courses with consent of a language and literacy education advisor.

Completion of TSLE 7250 TSLE 7260 TSLE 7440 , and EDCI 7660  along with a portfolio will qualify candidates for an ESOL Endorsement at the level of their base certificate.

Completion of EDCI 7980 EDRD 7210 , and EDUC 7440  will qualify candidates for an Urban Education Endorsement. 

Literacy Electives (6 Hours)

Select 2 courses (6 hours): Courses may be selected from the list below (if not taken in a concentration) or from other literacy-related courses with consent of a language and literacy education advisor.

Completion of ECE 8400  and ECE 8680  will qualify candidates for a Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement.

Literacy Specialist Concentration

Literacy Elective (3 Hours)

The course may be selected from the list below (if not taken in a concentration) or from other literacy-related courses with consent of a language and literacy education advisor.

Total Semester Hours for Degree: Minimum of 36


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