MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Adolescent Literacy


Program Description

Help struggling readers with an MEd focused on adolescent literacy

Students struggling with reading comprehension often don’t get the support they need to advance in school and in life. It’s a growing problem plaguing our nation, but you can do something about it. And our College of Education will help you by providing up-to-the-minute research on adolescent literacy and an innovative curriculum. In one year, you can earn an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Adolescent Literacy and lead the development and support of adolescent literacy in your school and district. Your community—and our nation­—desperately needs your help.

What you'll study

  • Characteristics of struggling readers and the challenges they face.
  • How language is acquired from birth through a child’s developmental years.
  • The elements essential to the teaching of reading in the academic disciplines.
  • How to use intervention strategies and technology to support and improve adolescent literacy.

Featured Courses

Adolescent Literacy: The Challenges

The focus of adolescent literacy skills and an examination of the sources of challenges to adolescent literacy will be completed. Educators will gain an understanding of the characteristics and needs across the range of students who face challenges in adolescent literacy including struggling readers, reluctant readers, English language learners, students with learning disabilities, and returning young adults. Research-based approaches and best practices to address the challenges of adolescent literacy will be presented.

A Developmental Approach to Language Acquisition

Candidates will, through an interdisciplinary approach, learn how language is acquired from birth through a child’s developmental years. Since children are developing their cognitive, perceptual, social, and motor skills at the same time their linguistic systems and specific language repertoire is growing, this study will involve the diverse fields of neurobiology, ethology, naturalistic and experimental child psychology, cognitive psychology, and theoretical and applied computer science.

Academic Literacy: Reading and Writing in the Disciplines

The elements essential to the teaching of reading in the academic disciplines will be addressed in this course. Content-embedded instructional practices that improve disciplinary literacy, the use of strategic tutoring, continuous progress monitoring through the use of ongoing formative assessment, data-based decision making and the development of a comprehensive interdisciplinary literacy program are a few of the features of an effective academic literacy program that will be studied.

Improving Adolescent Literacy: Transformative Intervention Strategies and the Use of Technology

The use of transformative intervention strategies and the innovative use of technology resources to support and improve adolescent literacy are the focus of this course. Electronic references, video supports, digital text, text-to-speech, spell checkers, word prediction software, along with how students can adapt the technology used in their daily lives are examples of resources that will be examined for their application in transformative intervention strategies used to improve adolescent literacy.

Why Curriculum & Instruction

Our Adolescent Literacy concentration falls under the umbrella of our MEd in Curriculum & Instruction because we want you to have the skills you need to enhance learning in your classroom not just today, but for a lifetime. Designed to help you meet your personal and professional goals, this degree gives you the expertise to plan, implement, and assess what’s best for your students—and Concordia’s College of Education is there to support you every step of the way.

Why Concordia

As innovators in the field of learning, Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education has been empowering teachers for over a century and continues to influence education from prenatal to the doctoral level. In fact, our College of Education is housed in the flagship school of our new educational model, known as 3toPhD®. The same bold minds behind this innovative prototype are also those shaping our ongoing educational research, undergraduate and graduate programs. We’re growing our community of professional educators to advance learning at every stage—join us.

Scholarship Availability

We offer up to $3,000 in scholarships, and right now, you may qualify for free textbooks.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application.
  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college/university with posted bachelor’s or master’s degree. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like Concordia University-Portland to request official transcripts on your behalf.
  • Work History Form or résumé showing work experience.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Statement of Intent, 475-600 words in length. The content and the clarity of writing will be assessed in the admission process. Please respond to the following prompts individually, and number each response:
    • Briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Office and College of Education teams by discussing your professional background and your interest in pursuing your desired program of study at Concordia (approx. 75-100 words).
    • Describe your professional goals and their alignment with your chosen program and to Concordia’s overall mission. Illustrate how your strengths and experiences have prepared you for success in the program (approx. 200–250 words).
    • Discuss an immediate, real-world challenge in the professional field to which your degree aligns (e.g. PreK-12 education, higher education, corporate training). Provide an example. What action should educators or professionals take to address this challenge? (approx. 200–250 words)
    • For candidates who earned under a 2.80 GPA, please explain what led to the low GPA and how you will succeed in an academically challenging graduate program today.
Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

If education is your passion, this is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University–Portland is reshaping the way the world views teachers and students. We o ... Read More

If education is your passion, this is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University–Portland is reshaping the way the world views teachers and students. We offer education degree programs at every level – many of which can be earned online – from a Bachelor in Education to master and doctorate degree programs. Read less