Students enrolled in the Adolescent Literacy program must complete:
- Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
- Foundation courses for the specific concentration
M.Ed. 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.
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.
The Master of Education culminates with one of two courses
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. (During this course, the proposal will NOT be implemented with students/participants.)
This design provides students with the requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called "Action Research" in their classroom, school, district or other work environment. The design method for the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, with district and school requirements, and the needs of teachers and students.
EDGR 699 (3)
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her thesis instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Either option provides 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.