M.A. in Literacy Instruction

The M.A. in Literacy Instruction, offered through the Caldwell College Division of Education, is a 30-credit program. Fifteen credits constitute the program’s required core courses. Candidates are then required to choose a 15-credit concentration in either reading or writing from the elementary or secondary strands offered. Through selection of appropriate courses, a Reading Specialist Certification may also be acquired.

The M.A. in Literacy Instruction program is designed for K-12 certificated classroom teachers who seek to improve and/or enhance their knowledge and skills in literacy instruction. Through the structure of the course offerings, this graduate literacy program is designed to balance the requirement of successful K-12 reading and writing development.

Admission RequirementsProgram Requirements
  • Formal application to Caldwell College Office of Graduate Studies
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • A one to two-page statement of goals and objectives expected by the candidate while in the program
  • Personal interview

Required Core Courses  (15 credits)

+ ED 528 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation (3) 12-hour field requirement
+ ED 576 Reading Foundations (3)***
+ ED 564 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (3) 12-hour field requirement
  ED 577 Teaching Writing: Process to Product (3)
+ ED 628 Supervised Practicum and Reading (3) 40-hour field requirement

 

*** ED 510 Reading and Communication (3) may be substituted for this course.

Areas of Concentration
 

A. Elementary Strand (15 credits)
The Elementary Strand for the M.A. in Literacy Instruction offers K-6 classroom teachers courses that will provide them with an opportunity to concentrate on reading or writing at the elementary (K-6) school level. Selection of three (3) of the following courses that are preceded by a “+” along with four of the required “+” core courses listed above constitutes the Reading Specialist Certification Track. The reading specialist certification requires that a teacher have at least two years of successful full-time teaching experience.

Course # Course Title
+ ED 526 The Reading Specialist as Teacher Consultant (3)
+ ED 534 Instruction and Assessment of Writing for Special Needs Students (3)
+ ED 535 Neurophysiological Basis of Learning, Theories of Teaching for Students with
Individual Needs (3) 12-hour field requirement
+ ED 574 Literature for Children (3)
  ED 578 Brain-Based Literacy Instruction (3)*
  ED 579 Critical Thinking and Literacy (3)
  ED 581 Teaching Writing in the Elementary School (3)**

 

* ED 505 may be substituted for this course.
** ED 500 may be substituted for this course.

B. Secondary Strand (15 credits)
The Secondary Strand for the M.A. in Literacy Instruction offers secondary classroom teachers courses that will provide them with an opportunity to concentrate on reading or writing at the 6-12 level. Selection of three (3) of the following courses that are preceded by a “+” along with four of the required core courses listed above constitutes the Reading Specialist Certification Track. The reading specialist certification requires that a teacher have at least two years of successful full time teaching experience.

Course # Course Title
  ED 529 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (3)
  ED 573 Teaching Writing in the Content Areas (3)*
+ ED 583 Literature for Adolescents (3)
+ ED 526 The Reading Specialist as Teacher Consultant(3)
+ ED 534 Instruction and Assessment of Writing for Special Needs Students (3)
+ ED 535 Neurophysiological Basis of Learning, Theories of Teaching for Students
with Individual Needs (3) 12-hour field requirement
  ED 578 Brain-Based Literacy Instruction (3)**
  ED 579 Critical Thinking and Literacy (3)

 

 *ED 500 may be substituted for this course.
** ED 505 may be substituted for this course.

Transfer Credits
No more than nine Caldwell College graduate credits may be transferred into this graduate program. No more than three graduate credits will be considered for transfer from another college or university graduate program. All transfer credits are subject to approval by the M.A. in Literacy Instruction program coordinator.

Post- Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program Courses for Transfer

Certified teachers who have completed the Caldwell College Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program may, with approval, substitute the following three (3) courses for those listed among the M.A. in Literacy Instruction required and/or concentration courses:

Course # Course Title Substitute for:
ED 500 Curriculum Theory and Development (3)  ED 573
ED 505 Student Development and Learning (3) ED 578
ED 510 Reading and Communication (3)  

ED 576

 

 


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