Students enrolled in the Adolescent Literacy program must complete:
- Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
- Foundation courses for the specific concentration
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum
This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.
EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought
Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.
*This course is offered in a seminar format online, which consists of three one-week (1 credit) courses that are taken throughout the program.
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy
EDCI 502 (3)
Adolescent Literacy: The Challenges
This course begins with a study of literacy for adolescents as a meaning-making strategic process, a skill that is essential to achieving proficiency in adolescent literacy. An examination of the sources of challenges to adolescent literacy will be completed - such as the explicit background knowledge needed across academic disciplines in order to successfully read content-area texts. Educators will gain an understanding of the characteristics and needs across the range of students who face challenges in adolescent literacy including struggling readers, reluctant readers, English language learners, students with learning disabilities, and returning young adults. Research-based approaches and best practices to address the challenges of adolescent literacy will be presented.
EDCI 506 (3)
A Developmental Approach to Language Acquisition
Human beings are intimately and irrevocably linked to language. The topic of language acquisition poses profound questions about our understanding of the human mind and leads us to many fascinating and complex areas of study. In this class, students will start at the beginning of language development in children (Pinker, 2008). As Steven Pinker writes in The Language Instinct, "Languages are complex combinations of elegant principles and historical accidents. We cannot design new ones with independent properties: we are stuck with the confounded ones entrenched in communities." Students will, through an interdisciplinary approach, learn how language is acquired from birth through a child's developmental years. Since children are developing their cognitive, perceptual, social, and motor skills at the same time their linguistic systems and specific language repertoire is growing, this study will involve the diverse fields of neurobiology, ethology, naturalistic and experimental child psychology, cognitive psychology, and theoretical and applied computer science.
EDCI 507 (3)
Academic Literacy: Reading and Writing in the Disciplines
The elements essential to the teaching of reading in the academic disciplines will be addressed in this course. Content-embedded instructional practices that improve disciplinary literacy, the use of strategic tutoring, continuous progress monitoring through the use of ongoing formative assessment, data-based decision making and the development of a comprehensive interdisciplinary literacy program are a few of the features of an effective academic literacy program that will be studied.
EDCI 508 (3)
Improving Adolescent Literacy: Transformative Intervention Strategies and the Use of Technology
The use of transformative intervention strategies and the innovative use of technology resources to support and improve adolescent literacy are the focus of this course. Electronic references, video supports such as virtual manipulatives and animated illustrations, digital text, text-to-speech, spell checkers, word prediction software along with how students can adapt the technology used in their daily lives are examples of resources that will be examined for their application in transformative intervention strategies used to improve adolescent literacy.
Research Course 1
EDGR 601 (3)
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.
Research Course 2
The Master of Education culminates with one of three additional research courses:
Any of the above options provide candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.