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Master of Education in Literacy

Major: LITEMED
Degree Awarded: MED
Unit: GE
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/med-re


Program Information

The M.Ed. in Literacy with Literacy Specialist P-12 Endorsement is designed for certified teachers who plan to seek a master's degree. The program was designed in collaboration with P-12 classroom teachers, district specialists, and university faculty for preparing reading specialists/literacy coaches. The program leads to a Kentucky "Literacy Specialist P-12" endorsement.

Program Highlights include:

  • Prepares candidates to become reading specialists (work with students who are struggling readers) as well as literacy coaches (work with adults to advance literacy school-wide)
  • Meets the International Reading Association Standards for Reading Professionals (2010)
  • Has a strong emphasis on the balance among knowledge, skills, and strategies
  • Prepares candidates to work with students in literacy from birth through grade 12
  • Uses the Common Core Standards as a guide
  • Is taught by nationally recognized faculty in collaboration with practitioners
  • Focuses on meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Emphasizes coaching and mentoring colleagues
  • Places your classroom and school as the focus of course discussions and assessment


Curriculum


CARDS 4 (Entry Assessment):  Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and to the M.Ed. in Literacy program; Self-Assessment on The Kentucky Guide to Reflective Classroom Practice; Professional Growth Plan; must hold a valid teaching certificate and 3 years of full-time teaching experience.

Research (3 hours)  
EDAP 639  Education Research in the P-12 Setting  3

Teaching Reading Core (15 hours) (9 hours should be completed before EDAP 615/CARDS 5)

EDAP 610  Literacy Research and Theory 3
EDAP 636  Advanced Reading Methods 3
EDAP 642  Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences 3
EDAP 678  Language Knowledge and Acquisition 3
EDAP 615  Measurement and Diagnosis of Literacy 3
 

CARDS 4 (Mid-point Assessment--after at least 9 hours) 

Successful completion of 9 hours Teaching Reading Core; IRA Standards Midpoint Portfolio (to be completed and assessed in EDAP 615); self-assessment on standards 1-4 of The Kentucky Guide to Reflective Classroom Practice.  Scored acceptable or target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates (by advisor); acceptable Dispositions assessment; minimum GPA of 3.0

Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Focus (15 hours)  
EDAP 614  Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers 3
EDAP 693  Teaching Writing P-12 3
EDAP 641  Literacy Leadership and School-wide Planning 3
EDAP 618  Practicum in Literacy:  Reading Specialist 3
EDAP 679  Practicum in Literacy:  Literacy Coach 3
Elective (to be approved by advisor)  3 hours 3
Minimum total hours 36
 

CARDS 6 (Exit Assessment):

Successful completion of all required coursework; completed IRA Standards Portfolio (to be assessed by advisor); updated and revised Professional Growth Plan; final self-assessment on all standards of The Kentucky Guide to Reflective Classroom Practice.  Scored acceptable or target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates (by advisor).  Praxis for Reading Specialist (#0300) with acceptable KY cut off score.  At least 3 years of teaching experience is required to be eligible for the Literacy Specialist Endorsement.

Notes

1.  Transfer credit must be officially accepted by the advisor--final acceptance is dependent upon receipt of official transcripts.

2.  A maximum of 6 hours taken in non-degree status can be applied toward a master's degree (upon approval of advisor)

3.  To complete the program, students must have minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.  No credit shall be accepted for carrying a grade lower than "C". 

Degree Candidacy:  Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, "Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements".



Departmental Faculty


Tammi Davis

Instructor

Penny Howell

Assistant Professor

Pam Jett

Instructor

Diane Kyle
Professor

Chair of Early Childhood/Elementary Education Department

Ann Larson
Professor

Dean

Lori Norton-Meier
Professor

Program Director of Reading Program

Kathryn Whitmore-Barten
Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education

Director, Early Childhood Research Center

Jean Wolph
Instructor

Director of Louisville Writing Project



Contact Information

Literacy - M.Ed.

Education Advising and Student Services
(502)852-5597
 

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