Literacy and Reading

The M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy and Readiing program helps K-12 classroom teachers to deepen their understanding of literacy development and the processes of reading and writing. It also broadens the range of teachers’ instructional and assessment approaches, helping them to have greatest possible impact on their students’ learning. Candidates in the program will develop the confidence to make evidence-based instructional decisions in their own classrooms and to advocate appropriate practice with parents, colleagues, administrators and policy-makers.

Is this program for you?

  • You want to significantly increase your knowledge about all aspects of language and the processes of reading and writing.

  • You want to learn more about selecting and using age-appropriate literature to teach reading and writing and to help students use literature to make connections to content areas by taking a literature course tailored the age level you teach.

  • You want to expand your awareness of, as well as be able to purposefully use, a variety of instructional strategies and assessment tools by taking both age-specific methods courses and K-12 courses that connect theory and practice.

  • You want to engage in a self-selected capstone experience that guides in-depth, independent inquiry into a current issue in literacy education and encourages you to apply new ideas to improve your students’ learning.

What courses are in this program?

Course Numbers and Titles Credit Hours

M.Ed. Core Courses:

Select one three-hour course from each of four standards (Curriculum Foundations, Social & Historical Foundations, Inquiry and Diversity)

EDFN 501:  APA Seminar


Major Professional Courses:

Literacy Core Courses:

EDCI 521, EDCI 523 and EDCI 563: Technology for the 21st Century Teacher,  Reading and Literacy Curriculum and Advanced Studies in Language Arts

Literature Study:

EDCI 564 or EDCI 566:  Literature for Adolescents or Literature for Young Children (Pre-K-5)

Literacy Methods and Assessment:

EDCI 567 or EDCI 561:  Advanced Studies in Literacy in Elementary Classroom or Content Area Literacy in Middle & Secondary Grades

Literacy Electives:

Any of two courses listed above and/or EDCI 565 (Advanced Studies of Adolescent Literacy) or EDCI 663 (Intervention in Literacy Learning)


Advanced Field Practicum:

EDUC 710:  Field Practicum in Education


Capstone Experience:

EDUC 788 or EDUC 781:  Capstone Inquiry Seminar or Thesis Capstone in Education


Total Hours in Program 33

Where can you take the Major Professional Courses for this program?

Graduate classes are offered in face-to-face, hybrid (combination of face-to-face and online) and online formats. Online classes have no face-to-face meetings, but may meet for synchronous classes sessions throughout a given semester or term. While not all courses are available online, many can be found in hybrid formats. Classes for the M.Ed. core courses, which are offered at all program locations, may also be available online. 

Ashland Campus

Cleveland Program Center Columbus Program Center Elyria     Program Center Stark/Massillon Program Center Some Courses May be Available Online
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