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MEd in Literacy/Reading Specialist Certification: Courses

Sequence

The sequence of courses will vary, depending on whether students attend full-time or part-time and in what semester they enter the program. Below is a typical sequence for full-time students beginning in the fall semester.

Students should meet with the program coordinator to develop a suitable sequence of courses. Please note that students who begin the program in the spring semester will not be able to attend full-time until the fall semester because of prerequisite courses.

Year 1

Fall:

LTCY 600 Foundations of Literacy
LTCY 644 Recent Trends in the Language Arts
LTCY 635 Literacy in Inclusive Classrooms

Spring:

LTCY 607 Instruction and Learning with Literature
LTCY 698 Analysis of Research in Literacy
LTCY 701 Assessment and Acceleration

Early Session

LTCY 648 Creativity and the Elementary School Child

Summer I:

LTCY 702 Reading and Writing in the Content Area
LTCY 705 Organization and Administration of Reading and Writing Programs

Summer II:

LTCY 770 Practicum for Reading Specialists I
LTCY 771 Practicum for Reading Specialists II

Year 2

Fall:

GSR 615 Elements of Research
Elective in LTCY or EDEX, depending on initial certification

Course Descriptions

The MEd in Literacy requires 36 credits. Students may also receive a Reading Specialist Certification by completion of 27 credits within the master’s program from categories A-C and successfully passing the Praxis exam. Students may pursue a thesis option, enrolling for a six-credit thesis, LTCY 795, LTCY 698, and the elective.

A. Literacy (21 cr.)

  • LTCY 600 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3 cr.
    Introduces literacy instruction which recognizes social, cultural, historical, and political perspectives. Emphasis is placed on the nature of reading and writing processes, the characteristics and developmental processes of the learner, and instructional strategies that enhance literacy in the classroom.
  • LTCY 644 Issues and Trends in the Language Arts 3 cr.
    Emphasizes effective communications through the study of current trends, resources, and the contributions of research in the various areas of language arts. Special emphasis will be placed on an integrated model for organizing the language arts.
    Prerequisite or corequisite: LTCY 600.
  • LTCY 701 Assessment and Acceleration 3 cr.
    Examines traditional and current teaching strategies, formal and informal assessment, and theory and research of literacy difficulties. Emphasis is placed on intervention. A knowledge of basic computer technology is required. Electronic technology, including databases, spreadsheets, and the Internet, will be incorporated.
    Prerequisite: LTCY 600.
  • LTCY 702 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas 3 cr.
    Emphasizes strategies, techniques, and materials related to literacy and study skills in the content areas at elementary and secondary levels. A variety of materials, including electronic technology, will be incorporated. Prerequisite: LTCY 600 or permission of coordinator.
  • LTCY 705 Organization and Administration of Reading/Writing Programs 3 cr.
    Acquaints students with issues in analyzing and improving curriculum, evaluating approaches to instruction, providing guidelines for selection of textbooks, materials, and technology, exploring challenges of family and community involvement, implementing changes, and conducting staff development. Emphasizes the role of reading specialist, resource specialist, supervisors and classroom teachers.
    Prerequisites or corequisites: LTCY 607, 644, 698, 701, and 702.
  • LTCY 770 Practicum and Seminar for Reading Specialists I 3 cr.
    Assignment to the Literacy Center includes developing and implementing a program of assessment and acceleration for individual clients or small groups. Experiences with observational techniques, recordkeeping, interviewing, family conferencing, and report writing will be included. An electronic portfolio will be maintained. Supervision of the Reading Specialist Program faculty will be on site and through videoconferencing.
    Prerequisites: LTCY 702 and LTCY 705.
  • LTCY 771 Practicum and Seminar for Reading Specialists II 3 cr.
    Assignment to the Literacy Center includes developing and implementing a program of assessment and acceleration for individual clients or small groups. Experiences with observational techniques, recordkeeping, interviewing, family conferencing, and report writing are included. An electronic portfolio is maintained. Supervision of the Reading Specialist Program faculty will be on site and through videoconferencing.
    Prerequisites: LTCY 702 and LTCY 705.

B. Diversity (3 cr.)

  • LTCY 635 Literacy in Inclusive Classrooms 3 cr.
    This course examines curricular materials, teaching approaches, and strategies used in inclusive classrooms to develop the literacy skills of students who speak English as a second language, students with learning exceptionalities, and students from diverse backgrounds/cultures. The course is taught by instructors with expertise in special education, multiculturalism, and/or teaching English language learners.
    Prerequisite: LTCY 600

C. Related Areas (3 cr.)

  • LTCY 607 Instruction and Learning with Literature 3 cr.
    Acquaints students with examining literature, developing instructional materials using the literature, and analyzing literature in its many forms, including electronic technology. Diversity in literature and diversity in student needs will be emphasized. Students will utilize electronic technology to access children’s literature from national and international libraries.

D. Research (6 cr. ; 3 cr. if selecting thesis option)

  • LTCY 698 Analysis of Research in Literacy 3 cr. (Required for Reading Specialist Certification)
    Examines quantitative and qualitative research in reading, writing, and other literacy and language issues. Designed to ensure that students will be able to read, interpret, and evaluate statistical and ethnographic research in literacy. The use of the Internet for access to research is required.Prerequisite: LTCY 600 or permission of coordinator.   
  • GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.
    Selection of a research problem, data collection, types of research, research reports, and use of the library and computer in connection with research problems are studied. Elements of statistics are introduced. This course provides background for preparation of the thesis and enables the student to become an intelligent consumer of products of academic research.

E. Elective (omit if selecting thesis option) (3 cr.)

Course selection dependent upon initial certification. See advisor.

  • LTCY 648 Creativity and the Elementary School Child 3 cr.
    Includes a study of creative thinking and ways to develop creativity in children, including strategies and techniques to use in the classroom. Ways of measuring creativity and analyzing the role of the teacher.
  • EDEX courses, with permission

* With special permission from advisor

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