Graduate Courses for M.Ed. in Literacy/Reading Specialist Certification Program

  • 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.

    Year 1


    LTCY 600 Foundations of Literacy 
    LTCY 644 Writing Development and Instruction 
    LTCY 635 Differentiated Literacy Instruction


    LTCY 607 Diverse Texts for Literacy Instruction 
    LTCY 698 Analysis of Research in Literacy 
    LTCY 701 Assessment and Acceleration

    Early Session

    LTCY 770 Practicum and Seminar for Reading Specialists

    Summer I:

    LTCY 702 Literacy Instruction Across Disciplines
    LTCY 705 Literacy Leadership and Collaboration
    Elective in EDEX, LTCY, or a related area, depending on initial certification

    Course Descriptions

    The MEd in Literacy requires 30 credits. Students may also receive a Reading Specialist Certification by completion of 27 credits within the master’s program.

    A. Literacy (21 cr.)

    • LTCY 600 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3 cr.
      Introduces elements of effective literacy instruction that 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 reading development.
    • LTCY 644 Writing Development and Instruction 3 cr.
      Introduces theoretical, conceptual, historical, and evidence-based aspects of writing development and instruction. Emphasis is placed on instruction in writing processes (e.g. composition, revision) and foundational skills (e.g., spelling, sentence construction) and the relationship of writing to other components of literacy.
    • LTCY 701 Assessment and Acceleration 3 cr.
      Examines the role of formal and informal assessments in screening, diagnosing, and measuring student achievement.  Emphasis is placed on the use of assessments to inform instruction and select appropriate interventions for diverse learners.
      Pre or Co-requisite: LTCY 600.
    • LTCY 702 Literacy Instruction Across Disciplines 3 cr.
      Emphasizes evidence-based approaches to integrating literacy strategies and varied materials and technologies across disciplines at the elementary and secondary levels.  An inquiry approach to teaching is incorporated throughout class sessions and a school-based field experience.
      Prerequisite:  LTCY 600 or Departmental Permission
    • 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 literacy coach, 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.
      Supervised experience teaching PK-12 students who experience difficulty with reading/writing. Assessment techniques such as observation, surveys, interviews, conferences with families, formal and informal testing are used to determine student’s instructional needs.  An intervention plan for improving reading/writing is developed and implemented. Meeting the needs of diverse students in inclusive classrooms is stressed. Candidates maintain records of student progress. Candidates review research-based interventions, display leadership skills, engage in reflective practice, and demonstrate dispositions characteristic of professional literacy educators.  Supervision is provided by faculty with experience as a Reading/Literacy Specialist. 3 graduate credits 
      Prerequisites: LTCY 600, 607, 635, 644, 698, 701.
    • 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.
      Examines curricular materials, teaching approaches, and strategies used in classrooms to develop student literacy. The primary focus of the course is on differentiated instruction, designed to meet the needs of all learners, including those who speak English as a second language, experience difficulty learning to read and/or write, students who are gifted, and students from diverse backgrounds/cultures.
      Pre or Co-requisite: LTCY 600

    C. Related Areas (3 cr.)

    • LTCY 607 Instruction and Learning with Literature 3 cr.
      Acquaints students with various print and digital texts to use for evidence-based literacy instruction.  Candidates will analyze texts, as well as develop instructional materials using informational and narrative texts.  Diversity in literature and diversity in student needs will be emphasized.  Candidates will utilize technology to access information related to text sources.

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

    • LTCY 698 Analysis of Research in Literacy 3 cr.
      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.
      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.
    • Other courses, with permission

    * With special permission from advisor