M.Ed. in Teacher Education, concentration in K-12 Literacy Education and Reading Add-on (online options available)
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.
There are two master’s level literacy programs in Teacher Education: 1) K-12 Literacy M.Ed. and 2) Reading Add-on Licensure. Dr. Melody Zoch coordinates the Reading Add-on program. She also co-coordinates the K-12 Literacy M.Ed. program with Dr. Amy Vetter. Typically, Dr. Zoch advises students who are elementary teachers while Dr. Vetter advises those who teach in the middle or secondary grades.
The Master of Education is a 36-hour program that can be completed entirely online or as a hybrid of online and in person classes. 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.
The Reading Add-on program is offered entirely online and is designed for professionals who have already completed a master’s program in education or who are currently enrolled in a master’s program and would like additional licensure as a reading specialist in grades K-12. The program requires 18 hours of coursework in literacy at the master’s level. Some of these hours may be completed as part of another master’s degree such as Elementary Education, TESOL, or programs in the Department of Specialized Educational Services.
- 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 646 Equity Education
- TED 669 Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory
- ERM 605 Educational Measurement and Evaluation
Pedagogical expertise courses (18 hours):
For both programs, 18-hours of literacy courses are required. The student works with their advisor to decide from the following courses:
- TED 590 Community Literacies and Adult Learners
- 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
- TED 640 Writing Instruction Across the Grades
- TED 695 Youth Literacies: Advanced Topics in Education
Professional Development/Leadership Courses (9 hours):
- 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
Objectives for Both Programs
Students will be able to:
- Utilize research-based teaching strategies in the implementation of effective classroom and school-based reading and writing programs.
- Observe and evaluate students using a variety of formal and informal assessments in order to plan or adapt instruction that meets the needs of students from K-12.
- Understand and apply knowledge of language, learning, teaching, and motivation in the area of reading and writing.
- Understand how reading develops across the grades and how cultural, linguistic, and social influences, such as the family, shape the course and direction of development.
- Provide services in the school as a reading specialist to plan and implement intervention for students.
- Select appropriate reading materials including literature of different genres, leveled texts, and digital texts.
- Develop the perspective of the teacher as researcher and gain confidence in the ability to research and reflect upon both their own practice and the practices presented in professional literature.
- Integrate reading and writing into the teaching of content areas.
- Read, understand, and critically evaluate published research.
- Become involved in the identification of issues in literacy education and the search for solutions.
- Communicate effectively with administrators, parents, and the public about issues related to reading and writing.
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.