Literacy – Language Arts, Reading [online] (MEd)

Degree Offered: Master of Education in Literacy (online)

Concentration: Reading and Language Arts

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Program Description:

William Paterson University’s College of Education offers the M. Ed. in Literacy program, which is accredited by the International Reading Association (IRA). The program is now a fully online program. This maintains the rigor and integrity of the face-to-face program by preparing candidates to meet the reading and literacy needs of diverse learners in twenty-first century classrooms. The online program, however, offers candidates synchronous and asynchronous options for completing course work.This program is designed to prepare graduate students who are certified teachers to work professionally in the highly specialized field of teaching reading and writing to P-12 students.

The Reading concentration is planned for teachers who are concerned with the development of literacy in our schools and want to establish effective school-wide literacy programs. As a literacy specialist, you must be able to diagnose and correct various kinds of reading and writing problems; work cooperatively with school staff specialists, as well as basic skills instructors and community resource people; counsel parents of children who have reading/writing problems; give help to, and demonstrate for, teachers and administrators; and organize and administer a total school literacy program. Graduates of this concentration are eligible to be certified as reading specialists (P-12) and are also qualified to work with college students and adults who have reading problems.

The Language Arts concentration focuses on the historical and developmental aspects of the English language as they occur in society in general and the elementary school environment in particular. It encompasses all forms of communicative literacy including the use of technology to transmit and receive meaningful discourse in school settings. Course content includes a study of children's literature and its contribution to emotional, social, and educational growth. Students in the program develop an active interest in critical inquiry derived from published informed opinion and conduct classroom research.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

*Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the graduate degree.

Program Requirements: *italic text refers to additional requirements for the Language Arts concentration:

Requirements for Reading Specialist K-12 Certification:

New Jersey Supervisory Endorsement:

The state of New Jersey has approved a supervisory certification for recent graduates of William Paterson’s M.Ed. in Literacy program, provided that they complete two additional courses in the University’s educational leadership program. Students who graduated after August 1999 are eligible to apply to take the following two courses and, upon satisfactory completion of the requirements, be certified as a supervisor:

M.Ed. Literacy (Reading)33 credits
Required Courses 27 credits
ELRL 6010 Theoretical Foundations of Literacy 3
ELRL 6170 Literacy for Children in the Twenty-First Century 3
ELRL 6200 Diagnosis of Reading Problems: Practicum 3
ELRL 6210 Remediation of Reading Problems: Practicum 3
ELRL 6230 Practicum in Teaching Reading 3
CODS 6210 Language Acquisition 3
ELRL 6240 Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs and Personnel 3
ELRL 6250 Adolescent and Adult Literacy in the Twenty-First Century 3
ELRL 6270 Research in Reading 3
ELRL 6330 Socio-Psycholinguistics and Reading 3
Literature Courses 3 - 6 credits
Select AT LEAST one of the following:
ELRL 6040 Recent Trends in Children’s Literature 3
ELRL 6050 Advanced Inquiry into Literature for Children and Youth 3
ELRL 6260 Literature for Adolescents 3
Approved Elective Courses 0 - 3credits
Choose one of the approved electives below OR another literature course above (i.e., ELRL 6040, ELRL 6050, ELRL 6260)
ELRL 6030 Literacy Instruction, English Language Learners 3
ELEC 6180 Language Development and Emergent Literacy 3

ELEE 6040 Writing in the Elementary School

3
ELRL 6220 Educating the Adult: Basic Reading 3
ELRL 6340 Teaching Critical Reading in the Content Areas 3
SOC 6300 Ethnic and Racial Experiences 3
ELRL 6310 Written Expression with Technology 3

ELEE 6040 Writing in the Elementary School

3
SPED 5550 Educational Foundations in a Diverse Society 3
Other courses may be selected in consultation with the advisor.
M.Ed. Literacy (Language Arts)*33 credits
Required Foundations Courses 6 credits
ELRL 6010 Theoretical Foundations of Literacy 3
ELRL 6330 Socio-Psycholinguistics and Reading 3
Required Curriculum Courses 9 credits
ELRL 6170 Children’s Literacy in the 21st Century 3
ELCL 6030 Language Arts in the Elementary School 3
ELCL 6040 Writing in the Elementary School 3
Required Thesis Courses 6 credits
ELRL 6230 Practicum in Reading (Thesis I) 3
ELRL 6270 Research in Reading (Thesis II) 3
Required Literature Elective 3 credits
Select one of the following:
ELRL 6040 Recent Trends in Children’s Literature 3
ELRL 6260 Literature for Adolescents 3
Other Available Electives:
ELEC 6180 Language Development and Emergent 3
Literacy
ELRL 6310 Written Expression Using Technology 3

 

*Effective for students matriculated after fall 2010

Upcoming Events

MBA Open House

10/14/14 05:00 PM - 10/14/14 07:00 PM

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