The Language, Literacy, and Culture study option provides advanced preparation in reading, writing, English/language arts, and/or English language learning (ELL). All educators must be prepared to develop citizens who can fully participate in reading, writing, listening, and speaking across contexts. Literacy educators need supporting knowledge of second language learning and culture. Teachers of linguistically and culturally diverse students must also have a background in literacy development and culture. This content option offers graduate students the choice of a specialization in literacy development with a supporting emphasis in English language learning, or a specialization English language learning with a supporting emphasis in literacy.

Students completing the M. Ed. with the Language, Literacy, and Culture option will leave the program with (1) higher standards for themselves and their profession; (2) a sense of connectedness with a community of educators who are grappling with similar questions and issues; (3) the disposition to suspend belief and disbelief as needed; (4) a commitment to practical work guided by deep knowledge and understanding; and (5) a passion for greater understanding.

Graduates of this program typically work in classrooms and in school and district leadership roles (e.g.  content or curriculum specialists, team leaders, and staff developers), as well as for nonprofit organizations and community literacy programs.

The M.Ed. requires 45 credits:

• 9 credits in Foundations of Education
• 18 credits in in area of specialization (Reading/Writing/Language Arts or English Language Learning)
• 9 credits of coursework that enhance or expand their primary area of specialization, and
• 9 credits in Culminating Experience

All course choices are to be negotiated with advisors. Advisors have the discretion to recommend or require certain courses depending on the student’s background.

You should carefully review the Program Requirements for details about all components of the M.Ed. course of study. You must also follow the Degree Requirements of the Graduate School; among these are that a course of study should include at least 18 credits at the 500 level or above as well as 18 graded credits.

Doctoral Program: Ph.D. and Ed.D. students work closely with their advisers to create highly tailored programs of study that include intermediate and advanced coursework in language and literacy as well as outside coursework to gain broader perspective and deeper insight into specialized topics. Ph.D. students have specific requirements and milestones that can be viewed here. Ed.D. students have specific program and degree requirements that can be found here.

• Prospective students holding relevant master’s degrees should apply to the College of Education’s Ph.D. program.

Graduates of this program work in classrooms and in school and district leadership roles (as content or curriculum specialists, team leaders, staff developers, etc.) as well as in nonprofit and community organizations. Graduates of the Ph.D. program also work in university faculty positions.

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