Elementary Reading and Literacy (P–6) (Non-Licensure)

Prepare to help students (Grades P–6) develop the 21st-century literacy skills required for college and career readiness. These skills are aligned with the English Language Arts goals outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, International Literacy Association standards, and other state standards.

In this MS in Education specialization, you will examine current research and practical strategies that can help you increase the achievement of all students. This includes linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners. Coursework explores teaching digital literacy, managing classroom literacy programs, and effectively engaging students to promote lifelong literacy.

This specialization is offered in both the traditional program and accelerated option.

Additional Learning Outcomes for this Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply research-based instructional practices to help students achieve Common Core State Standards and other state standards.
  2. Evaluate reading and literacy development of all students including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  3. Analyze the importance of literacy for lifelong learning.
  4. Analyze and apply literacy assessment data to inform reading and literacy instruction.
  5. Analyze the role of language development in reading and literacy.
  6. Apply professional learning as a scholar-practitioner to effect positive social change in literacy education.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6640 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6705 Course Reading and Literacy Today Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6650 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6706 Course Literacy Development P-3 Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6657 Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6707 Course Reading and Literacy Growth Grades 4-6 Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6708 Course Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6709 Course Literacy in Academically Diverse Classrooms Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Courses - Accelerated Program

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6602 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6705 Course Reading and Literacy Today Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6616 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6706 Course Literacy Development P-3 Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6604 Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6727 Course Reading and Literacy Growth, Grades 4-6 (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6709 Course Literacy in Academically Diverse Classrooms Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6718 Course Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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