Teaching Literacy, Birth to Grade 12 Overview

The Master of Science in Teaching Literacy, Birth-Grade 12 program is designed for teacher candidates seeking professional certification in the teaching certificate they presently hold. Three years of teaching experience are also required for professional certification. This program leads to dual certification as a literacy teacher in Birth-Grade 6 and Grades 5–12.

Teaching Literacy, Birth to Grade 12 Fast Facts

  • Provides the training necessary for professional certification
  • Provides learner-centered literacy programs
  • Provides faculty guidance and support

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid content knowledge base that enables them to deliver effective educational and professional services based on current research, theory, and practice
  • Employ multiple pedagogical and professional strategies and tools to enable them to be effective practitioners in educational settings and deliver services that promote students’ intellectual, social, and emotional development
  • Understand the diverse cultural, linguistic, learning, and social strengths and needs of all populations, and incorporate and demonstrate sensitivity to the richness of diverse cultures when providing educational and other school services
  • Employ technology to deliver information, instruction, and professional services to all members of the school community
  • Reflect on professional practice to make educational decisions and enhance student learning
  • Demonstrate positive dispositions that enable them to work as effective educators, citizens, and practitioners within the school and a broader community

Admission Requirements

Please review the prerequisite preparation for each program and consult with the program chair or associate dean.

Requirements for admission and matriculation include:

1. A completed application for admission.

2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate degrees.

3. A résumé.

4. A teaching certificate

Teaching Literacy Program Goals

Students in the Teaching Literacy Program will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to meet the literacy needs of children in urban and suburban settings, and will be able to do the following:

  1. Link theory and practice to create environments conducive to literacy learning.
  2. Provide appropriate instruction for students experiencing difficulty in acquiring literacy skills including students with disabilities and English language learners.
  3. Analyze assessment data for instructional decision-making.
  4. Communicate information about literacy to parents, caregivers, and school personnel.
  5. Set professional goals and responsibilities.
  6. Provide differentiated instruction that focuses on students diversities.

Teaching Literacy, Birth to Grade 12 M.S. Curriculum

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Literacy, Birth-Grade 1233 Credits
Total33 Credits

Course Requirements

  • EDUC 507 Aprchs Lit: EChldhd-Adolescenc
  • EDUC 522 Lang Develop & Lit Acquisition
  • EDUC 561 Ltrcy Instctn Stdnts Dsbls
  • EDUC 573 Lrng Tchnlgy Across Eng Lang
  • EDUC 590 Teach Writing/Writing Process
  • EDUC 591 Child & Adolescent Literature
  • EDUC 643 Read/Write Cntnt Area Grd 5-12
  • EDUC 648 Dmsns of Lrng & Ltrcy
  • EDUC 659 Pract Literacy Assess Birth-12
  • EDUC 660 Practicum in Lit Instr Practic
  • EDUC 658 Seminar: Orgn/Admin Lit Prgms

Program Progression:

  • Core courses EDUC 507, 561, 573 and 648 should be completed prior to registering for EDUC 659.
  • At the completion of 12 credits, students should register for EDUC 659.
  • At the completion of 15 credits, students should register for EDUC 660.
  • EDUC 658 should be taken in the student's last semester and students must have completed 27 credits, at least one practicum and have permission from the chair.

Degree-seeking candidates must pass the CST in Literacy in order to enroll in the clinical course, EDUC 658.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Teaching Literacy program may pursue positions as a classroom teacher, literacy teacher and/or literacy coach.

Program taught in:
  • English

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