The Master of Education degree program in Language and Literacy Studies (LLS) stands at the intersection between practice, theory, and leadership for change. In other words, the program is designed to help teachers improve the quality of their practice; to read and think deeply about their work; and to influence their school, their colleagues, their professional network, and district, state, and national policy. The program is based on a commitment to four principles:
- Literacy is in a constant process of change in form and function.
- The practicalities of teaching are more interesting, humane, and effective when they are built upon a sound foundation in research and theory that informs inquiry and personal development.
- Literacy professionals improve their practices best in the context of the study of their own practices (in the company of others working toward the same goal).
- Literacy professionals must be conscious and critical of the contexts for teaching and prepared to challenge present circumstances out of concerns for equity and social justice.
The program has been designed to affect instruction in our geographic area. The LLS faculty is committed to the establishment of close working relationships with local teachers and schools through such initiatives as the Heart of Texas Writing Project.
Applicants to the Language and Literacy Studies M.Ed. program must already be certified to teach. Some teaching experience is preferred (most applicants have at least two years of teaching experience, which can be achieved concurrently with enrollment). This criteria does not apply to applicants seeking the M.Ed. with secondary English teaching certification.
Total: 36 Credit Hours
Basic Course Requirements (3 hours)
- EDC 380R Educational Research and Design
Specialization Courses (18 hours)
- EDC 385G Sociolinguistics in Research and Teaching
- EDC 385G Literacy Leadership for Change
- EDC 385G Literacy and Social Change
- EDC 385G Classroom Discourse and Teacher Research
- EDC 385G Reading Difficulties
- EDC 385G Research on Adolescent Literacy In and Out of School
- EDC 382S Secondary English & Reading
- EDC 380T Teaching Composition
- EDC 380T Writing Process & Pedagogy
- EDC 390T Children’s Literature
- EDC 390T The Art of the Picture Book
- EDC 390T Young Adult Literature
- EDC 382E Issues and Trends in Literacy
- EDC 385G History of Reading Instruction
- EDC 385G Literacy Acquisition
- EDC 385G Literacy and Culture
- EDC 385G Orality, Literacy and Technology
Electives (15 hours)
Note: 6 elective hours must be out-of-department courses and can be chosen in consultation with your advisor.