Elementary Reading and Literacy (PreK-6) (Non-Licensure)

This specialization prepares you to help students (Grades PreK–6) develop the 21st-century literacy skills required for college and career readiness by achieving the English Language Arts goals outlined in the Common Core State Standards, National Board Standards, and other state standards.

Designed by national experts in the field, coursework explores current research and practical strategies that can help you increase the achievement of all students, including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners. This specialization addresses teaching digital literacy, managing classroom literacy programs, and effectively engaging students to promote lifelong literacy.

A recent study shows that students whose teachers held an MS in Education with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK–6) from Walden performed better in language arts on the Georgia Reading and Language Arts Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) than students whose teachers held a master’s degree from another institution.* The research builds on a previous study, “Linking Teacher Learning to Student Success,” which confirms the positive connection between graduates of Walden’s M.S. in Education program and student outcomes in reading fluency.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

In the Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK-6) specialization, you will:

  • Design literacy instruction and assessment to meet the learning needs of all children including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  • Address the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Common Core State Standards and other state standards
  • Use research-based instructional practices to support reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Help students to comprehend complex texts.
  • Make connections between reading and writing, using informational/expository texts and other genres.

Completion Requirements

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

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 advisor at 855-646-5286.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Elementary Reading and Literacy (PreK–6) 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.

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.)

*According to a 2011 independent study of teachers in a large public school district in Georgia that analyzed data collected from second- through fifth-grade students of more than 4,000 teachers of record for reading for school years from 2004 to 2009, as well as more than 205,000 student observations from 2004 to 2010.

According to a 2008 independent study of teachers in the Tacoma Public Schools (Washington) that analyzed data from 2006 to 2008.

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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