M.Ed. in Literacy Education
The mission of the Literacy Education Program is to prepare teacher leaders who advocate for and seek to integrate theory, research, and practice; engage in reflection, research, and professional collaborations; and offer culturally relevant, learner-centered opportunities for every student to develop the literacy skills needed in the 21st century.
- K-12 Reading Specialist
- K-12 Classroom Teacher
- Literacy Coach
- Curriculum Facilitator
- District Coordinator for Language Arts
Practicing teachers who have an undergraduate degree in education or a related field, and already hold the Standard Professional I license or initial license to teach, and wish to pursue advanced skills in the area of literacy. This degree will enable you to seek advanced licensure as a K-12 Reading Specialist.
The primary goal of the program is to prepare initially licensed teachers for “M” licensure as a K-12 Reading Specialist. Not only are teachers prepared to implement innovative research-based teaching strategies in their own classroom settings, but they are also expected to promote those practices among colleagues, administrators, and the community as a teacher leader. Other careers may include working as a literacy coach, curriculum facilitator, or district coordinator for Language Arts.
Research interests include socio-cultural and critical context of literacy teaching; integrating technology and literacy instruction; culturally sustaining literacy pedagogy
Program of Study
Total hours: 36
- TED 622 Differentiated Instruction or TED 669 Educational Implications of Learning and Development
- TED 646 Equity Education or TED 545 Diverse Learners
- ERM 605 Educational Measurement or 604 Methods of Educational Research
Pedagogical expertise courses: (18 hours)
- TED 614 Word Study
- TED 616 Literacy Development and Instruction Across the Grades
- TED 617a Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instruction
- TED 617b Advanced Practicum in Literacy Assessment, Instruction, and Leadership
- TED 619 Trends and Issues in Literacy Education
- TED 626 Middle Grades Curriculum & Instruction or TED 638 Seminar in Secondary Education
- TED 635 Reading in the Secondary School and Content Areas
- TED 640 Writing Instruction Across the Grades or ENG 522 Teaching Composition: Theories and Applications
- TED 645 Critical Issues in English Language Arts
- TED 695 Youth Literacies
- ENG 590 Literacy, Learning, and Fieldwork
- ENG 602: Electronic Research, Writing, and Editing
- ENG 697 Composing Theories in Reading and Writing
Professional Development/Leadership Courses:
- TED 628 Trends and Issues in Curriculum & Instruction
- TED 676 Teacher as Researcher and Leader I
- TED 677 Teacher as Researcher and Leader II
Minimum Program Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field
- Initial or “A” license for teaching
- Two years of teaching experience
- Prior course work should include children’s literature, reading, and language arts
The following tenets are central to our vision of teaching and research:
- We hold teachers in the highest esteem and believe they are central to the process of teaching and learning.
- We promote teachers’ identities as leaders, advocates, and innovators in their school communities.
- We work from a strengths-based perspective as a way of promoting teacher and student success.
- We celebrate the diversity of our community and promote a multilingual and multicultural approach to our teaching.
- We think it is important for teachers to have opportunities to collaborate with faculty through research and professional development.