Master of Education in Reading and Literacy
REQUIRED CREDITS: 46
Is the master's in Reading and Literacy program for me?The M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy program is a good fit if you want to become a reading specialist, literacy coach or better overall teacher. You can earn this master's degree online or in mixed mode - a combination of online and in-class learning. If you choose the online degree program, you still have access to all CityU's great resources. You'll log in to get assignments, discuss topics with your classmates, collaborate on projects and check your grades. Basically, everything you do in class but without the commute.
What will I learn in the master's in Reading and Literacy program?In our master's in Reading and Literacy degree program, you'll develop the skills you need to help ELL, special education, gifted and at-risk students improve their reading, writing and speaking skills. The program focuses on language acquisition, up-to-date methodologies, literacy assessments, culture and diversity.
What can I do with my master's degree in Reading and Literacy?You'll advance your career with a CityU master's degree in Reading and Literacy. Completing this program, and passing the WEST-E for Reading, leads to a reading endorsement for teachers in Washington (with reciprocity in select states). You'll also be qualified for reading specialist or literacy coaching jobs.
How to get started:
Graduate Foundation Core (12)
This course introduces candidates to the language, expectations, and tools for academic discourse, research and reflective professional educator practice. Candidates will critically evaluate research findings as they begin the academic inquiry process.
This course introduces candidates to technology literacy and applications in order to find, evaluate, and apply information to inform and improve student learning and teacher pedagogy. Candidates use digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information in order to plan and conduct quality research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions. Applications include the electronic portfolio, instructional and curricular decisions, research and assessment, assistance to teachers, and the impact of technology on school and societal change.
This course examines current issues in education that have and continue to emerge within the context of the philosophical, historical, and recent legislation impacting the standards for student learning and assessment, and teacher performance. Candidates analyze educational practices from multiple perspectives and consider how to communicate essential elements to diverse audiences.
Multicultural Perspectives: Increasing Family/Community Engagement and Student Achievement (non-cert only) (3)
This course provides candidates with the skills, perspectives and strategies to engage family and community members for the purpose of increasing K-12 student academic achievement. Candidates will collaborate with a variety of individuals and organizations to deepen understanding of access and barriers for parents and their children. Through the development of a proposed Family/Community Engagement Plan, candidates will apply skills and strategies that are consistent with cultural competence, academic inquiry and K-12 school improvement goals within the context of the candidate's Professional Growth Plan (for Teacher Professional Certificate if applicable). Course Entry Requirements: This course is open to graduate-level candidates in education programs.
Reading and Literacy Emphasis (31)
This course focuses on the use of formative assessments to guide classroom instruction and ensure optimal learning. Candidates also examine ways in which assessments are impacted by student’s first language, age, and cultural barriers. Candidates build on their knowledge of academic skill development and utilize effective ongoing diagnosis and assessment strategies to support and enhance student development.
In this course, candidates deepen their understanding of effective practices that facilitate partnerships and community-building for the purpose of increasing P-12 student academic achievement. Through the development of a Resource Tool Kit , candidates demonstrate their growing capacity to explore and establish partnerships in their communities by applying skills and strategies that are consistent with cultural competence and advocacy for all members of the learning community.
What is literacy and why is it important? This course introduces the literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Educators will examine foundations for 'best practices' in literacy, emerging discoveries in brain research, and motivational student-centered strategies to apply in their professional environment.
Personalized learning honors each student as an individual learner, recognizes that each student has his or her own learning style, unique gifts, interests, aspirations, and challenges to learning, and supports each student to learn in his or her own unique way. This course applies literacy strategies to facilitate differentiated instruction and understand different learning styles in order to build successful working relationships with students from diverse backgrounds. This information will help in developing a plan for implementing a literacy program that meets the needs of all students.
What are the conditions of learning that create language acquisition? What are strategies for teaching students who have English as their second language? Candidates will learn specific strategies useful for communicating with and instructing all students as they acquire literacy skills while focusing on the impact of cultural differences and diversity in the classroom.
This course addresses ways to develop a comprehensive literacy program. Candidates learn specific strategies for instructing and assessing students as they acquire literacy instruction skills, particularly in the processes of reading and writing. Candidates will learn how to individualize their programs to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs including ELL and special education students.
This course builds the educator's knowledge of reading and writing development and effective instructional strategies and introduces the role of ongoing assessment. Educators will understand shared, guided, and independent learning strategies and tools to assess learning before, during, and after instruction.
How do I integrate literacy across content areas? How can my students learn content objectives and also use effective literacy strategies? Strategies will be introduced to help educators assess both concepts taught in specific subject areas and the processes in reading and writing students use to master those concepts.
This course focuses on formative and summative assessments to guide literacy instruction. Candidates examine the ways in which assessments are impacted by language, age, and cultural barriers. Candidates build on their knowledge of literacy skill development and utilize effective ongoing diagnosis and assessment strategies to support and enhance literacy skills and strategies development.
What assessments work well in the classroom? How are those assessments impacted by language and cultural barriers? This course builds upon the educator's knowledge of literacy skill development and effective instructional strategies to introduce the role of ongoing diagnosis and assessment. Discussions also focus on the impact of cultural differences and diversity on classroom assessment.
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Master of Education Project (3)
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