Master of Education in Education
Literacy Option

About

This emphasis is designed for both classroom and reading coaches as they work toward an understanding of the role that literacy plays across the curriculum and over time. The program explores philosophies and processes for teaching literacy and ways to use writing to support the reading process in the K-12 educational setting. To enroll, you must have a state teaching certificate.

This option is offered both on-campus and online.

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Literacy, Master of Education (M.ED)

The Literacy Concentration is designed for classroom and reading teachers as they work toward an understanding of the role that literacy plays across the curriculum and over time. The program explores research and processes for teaching literacy in P–12 educational settings.

This emphasis area does not lead to an initial, residency teaching certificate. However, candidates who hold a valid Washington State teaching certificate, complete program requirements, and and complete the NES assessment are then eligible for recommendation for the endorsement.

Admission Requirements for the MEd Program

  1. Have earned a baccalaureate degree (either a BA or BS) from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Have earned a grade point average ≥3.0 on a 4-point scale during the final 90 quarter credits (or 60 semester credits) of enrolled coursework.
  3. Applicants for the Literacy concentration must also submit a copy of an educator certificate.
Required Core
EDUC 505CURRENT ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
EDUC 507PHILOSOPHY AND ORGANIZATION OF THE AMERICAN SCHOOL4
EDUC 520METHODS OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH4
EDUC 522TRANSFORMATION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING4
Area Specialization
EDUC 542P-12 LITERATURE STUDY IN THE CLASSROOM4
EDUC 544ADVANCED READING METHODS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4
EDUC 560READING INQUIRY4
EDUC 576ADVANCED LITERACY METHODS4
EDUC 590CRITICAL AND SOCIAL LITERACIES4
EDUC 591INSTRUCTIONAL FOUNDATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS FOR LITERACY DIFFICULTIES4
Internship
EDUC 641LITERACY INTERNSHIP I2
EDUC 642LITERACY INTERNSHIP II2
Portfolio and Comprehensive Exam
EDUC 643LITERACY PORTFOLIO2
EDUC 644LITERACY COMPREHENSIVE EXAM3
Total Credits49

Catalog Listing

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn an M.ED. in Literacy from EWU should be able to do the following based on competencies for reading endorsement in the State of Washington:

  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation—candidates demonstrate knowledge of the assessment/instruction cycle (data analysis, universal screening, diagnostic, progress monitoring, formative, summative), and how to use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate evidence-based literacy instruction.
  • Creating a Literate Environment—candidates foster literacy development by using instructional practices, curriculum materials and the appropriate use of assessments to create a literate environment.
  • Foundational Knowledge—candidates have knowledge of the literacy processes and know how to apply the results of evidence-based literacy research (qualitative and quantitative) to instructional practices. Literacy is defined as:
    • The integration of listening, speaking, reading, writing and critical thinking across all media types
    • The knowledge to recognize and use language appropriate to a situation
    • The ability to think, create, question, solve problems and reflect
  • Instructional Strategies and Resources—candidates have knowledge of a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support literacy instruction.
  • Instructional Methodology—candidates demonstrate a deep understanding of the pedagogical knowledge and practice specific to the teaching of literacy.
  • Professional Development—candidates view professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Note: MEd candidates in literacy are eligible to take the reading endorsement exam as a result of coursework.