2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Literacy for K-8 Classroom Teachers 33 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Professional License in Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities (PreK-2), Elementary (1-6), or Middle School English (5-8) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This 33-credit program addresses the needs of experienced educators who already hold an Initial teacher license in early childhood, elementary, or middle school English and wish to enhance and expand their knowledge and skills in the area of literacy. The program provides educators with a foundation in literacy learning and language and its application across diverse populations and content areas. The program's focus is on the integration of reading and writing; the use of assessment to inform instruction; the integration of technology to enhance a multiple literacies approach; and the knowledge and use of authentic literature, narrative and informational, to analyze text complexities and to match readers and text. This program also has a non-licensure option for those not seeking a Professional teacher license.

Program Prerequisites

  • For Professional License in Early Childhood (PreK-2): Massachusetts Initial License in Early Childhood (PreK-2)
  • For Professional License in Elementary (1-6): Massachusetts Initial License in Elementary (1-6)
  • For Professional License in Middle School English (5-8): Massachusetts Initial License in Middle School English (5-8)
  • For non-licensure: a signed non-licensure agreement

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Required Courses (33 credits):

EEDUC 6164Perspectives on Literacy, Learning, and Teaching

3

EECLD 6002Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language

3

EEDUC 6175Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary: Extensions and Applications

3

EEDUC 5104Literature for Children and Young Adults

3

EEDUC 6032Exploring Nonfiction for the Elementary and Middle School Classroom

3

EEDUC 6101Content Literacy

3

EEDUC 6001The Teaching of Writing (K-12)

3

EEDUC 6156Assessment for the Classroom Teacher of Literacy

3

EEDUC 6136Struggling Readers and Writers

3

EECLD 6008Teaching Reading and Writing for Speakers of Other Languages and Dialects

3

EEDUC 7130Professional Development-New Role for the Classroom Teacher of Literacy

3