Master of Education in Literacy Studies with an Emphasis Reading/Language Arts - General Program


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The reading and language arts program leading to the M.Ed. degree provides elementary and secondary teachers with the appreciation, theory, and practical skills needed to teach various areas of reading and language arts.

The program is helpful for classroom teachers who want to expand their skills in dealing with students in language arts programs as well as for other professionals who deal with problems of reading adjustment. Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 semester hours.

The program offers various options for course delivery: Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Online. For more course format information and how to find available courses, please click here.

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Social Foundation Courses. Select One (3 credits)

  • EDF 671 Educational Policy and Practice
  • EDF 672 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

Research Foundation Course (Prerequisite to ED 693/695) (3 credits):

  • EDF 660 Educational Inquiry and Evaluation

Emphasis Area Courses (18 credits):

  • EDR 621 Current Issues and Trends in Literacy
  • EDR 626 Literacy Assessment & Instruction
  • EDR 628 Curriculum and Materials for Language Arts
  • EDR 631 Teaching Writing
  • Choose one:
    • EDR 622 Developmental Literacy for Children
    • EDR 623 Developmental Literacy for Adolescents
  • Choose one:
    • EDR 624 Literature for Children
    • EDR 625 Literature for Adolescents

Supplemental Courses (Select 2 Courses) (6 credits)

  • EDR 620 English as a Second Language Methodologies
  • EDF 633 Race, Class, and Language
  • EDF 634 Teaching the At-Risk Student
  • EDI 641 Teaching for Talent Development
  • EDR 627 Literacy Strategies for Content Areas
  • EDR 685 Practicum: Reading Teacher Endorsement*
  • EDS 625 Inclusive Practices
  • One approved elective

*Practicum Experiences (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required.)

Capstone (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required.) (3 credits) Select One:

  • ED 693 Master's Project
  • ED 695 Master's Thesis

Application deadlines (Practicum/Thesis/Project): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

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