Master of Education Degree Program

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.

Applicant Requirements

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

General Option

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.

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