Reading/Writing/Literacy, MSEd

Students in this interdisciplinary program study literacy and language from sociopolitical, cultural, psychological, historical, and linguistic perspectives. The M.S.Ed. in Reading/Writing/Literacy program prepares students as practitioners, researchers, and policy makers in educational settings that include K-12 schools, colleges and universities, community-based literacy programs, educational publishing, and government programs. Four principles guide the program:

  1. Literacy and language are studied from the sociopolitical, cultural, psychological, historical, linguistic, and literary perspectives;
  2. The program is inquiry-based, intended to raise questions about the relationships among theory, research, policy, and practice while encouraging students to build their own theories of research and practice;
  3. It focuses on diversity and on urban settings and the contexts of different schools, communities, families, and cultures; and
  4. The program is committed to educational change, recognizing that educational institutions are sites in which to work for social justice, equity, and transformation.

Curriculum

A total of 10 course units are required for the RWL MSEd.

A total of 10 course units are required for RWL MSEd + Reading Specialist Certification if student is certified in Elem or Sec certification with at least 1 year of teaching experience (student teaching not applicable)

A total of 11 course units are required for RWL MSEd + Reading Specialist Certification if student does not hold Elem or Sec certification or is certified without at least 1 year of teaching experience (student teaching not applicable)

RWL MSEd

Core Courses
EDUC 533Forming and Reforming the Elementary Reading/Writing/Literacy Curriculum (Summer or Fall)1
EDUC 629Teaching English/Language and Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools (Fall)1
EDUC 723Multicultural Issues in Education (Fall)1
RWL Courses 1
Select two of the following:2
Fieldwork in Language in Education (Spring)
Fieldwork in Language in Education (Fall - for those who need an addtl course unit)
Literature for Children and Adolescents
Assessing Language and Learning Differences
Tutorial Work in Reading/Writing/Literacy
Distribution Course
Select 1 Distribution Course 2, 31
Elective Courses
Select 3 electives 43
Capstone Course
EDUC 606Literacy Research, Theory, and Practice1
Total Course Units10

RWL MSEd + Reading Specialist Certification (if student does hold Elem or Sec certification or is certified with at least 1 year of teaching experience)

Core Courses
EDUC 533Forming and Reforming the Elementary Reading/Writing/Literacy Curriculum (Summer or Fall)1
EDUC 629Teaching English/Language and Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools (Fall)1
EDUC 723Multicultural Issues in Education (Fall)1
RWL Courses 1
EDUC 525Fieldwork in Language in Education (Spring)1
EDUC 535Literature for Children and Adolescents1
EDUC 635Assessing Language and Learning Differences1
EDUC 735Tutorial Work in Reading/Writing/Literacy1
Distribution Course
Select 1 Distribution Course 2, 31
Elective Courses
Select 1 elective 41
Capstone Course
EDUC 606Literacy Research, Theory, and Practice1
Total Course Units10

RWL MSEd + Reading Specialist Certification (if student does not hold Elem or Sec certification or is certified without at least 1 year of teaching experience)

Core Courses
EDUC 533Forming and Reforming the Elementary Reading/Writing/Literacy Curriculum (Summer or Fall)1
EDUC 629Teaching English/Language and Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools (Fall)1
EDUC 723Multicultural Issues in Education (Fall)1
RWL Courses 1
EDUC 525Fieldwork in Language in Education (Spring)1
EDUC 525Fieldwork in Language in Education (Fall - for those who need an addtl course unit)1
EDUC 535Literature for Children and Adolescents1
EDUC 635Assessing Language and Learning Differences1
EDUC 735Tutorial Work in Reading/Writing/Literacy1
Distribution Course
Select 1 Distribution Course 2, 31
Elective Courses
Select 1 elective 41
Capstone Course
EDUC 606Literacy Research, Theory, and Practice1
Total Course Units11

Capstone

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by taking a capstone class at the end of their program of study. The capstone course serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their RWL coursework and fieldwork.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.