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Reading & Literacy Instruction

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The Literacy program is designed to help classroom teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels to deepen their understanding of literacy processes, purposes, and development and to broaden their range of instructional and assessment approaches so that they can have the greatest possible impact on their students’ learning at either the elementary or middle/secondary levels. 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. There is a fiveyear limit on literacy course work that can be transferred into 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:

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

Literature Study:

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

Literacy Methods and Assessment:

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

Literacy Electives:

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


Advanced Field Practicum:

Field Practicum in Education (EDUC 710)


Capstone Experience:

 Capstone Inquiry Seminar (EDUC 788) or Thesis Capstone in Education (EDUC 781)


Total Hours in Program 33