Master's in Language and Literacy (Plus Certification)

Master's in Language and Literacy (Plus Certification)

About M.Ed. Language and Literacy

The Department of Early, Middle and Exceptional Education offers a master’s in language and literacy education in which students choose one of two concentrations: a literacy concentration leading to reading specialist certification, or an ESL concentration leading to ESL certification. Both concentrations are available for elementary and secondary teachers who possess an Instructional Certificate in Pennsylvania. A Master of Education in Language and Literacy Education offers the student the opportunity to participate in original research and experiential programs in this field.

M.Ed. Reading Specialist Concentration

Admission

Admission to the program is open to those applicants who possess baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must submit supporting documents as required for general admission to a graduate program. Applicants must possess Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification. Applicants must have earned a 2.75 or better undergraduate cumulative average. The General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required if undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0.

Curriculum 

For detailed course information, please see the Graduate Catalog 

I. The Professional Studies Core (9 s.h.)
     EDFN 601 Methods of Research (3)
     Choose one:
       PSYC 525 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
       PSYC 526 Advanced Adolescent Psychology (3)
       EDFN 545 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
       PSYC 625 Human Growth and Development (3)

     Choose one:
       EDFN 511 Comparative Education (3)
       EDFN 590 Social Foundations Education (3)
       EDFN 603 Philosophy of Education (3)
       EDFN 604 Education and Public Policy (3)

II. Required Courses (27 s.h.)
     RDED 621 Foundations of Reading and Writing (3)
     RDED 622 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
     RDED 623 Diagnosis of Reading and Writing Disabilities: A Practicum (3)
     RDED 624 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading and Writing Difficulties: Reading Clinic (6)
     RDED 625 Psychological and Social Factors in Reading and Writing Ability (3)
     RDED 626 Literacy Leadership (3)
     EDUC 562 Methods for Teaching English Language Learners (3)
     EDUC 636 Literature and Response (3)
     Or another children’s literature topical course

III. Special Education Course (3 s.h.)
Choose One:
     SPED 600 Orientation to Special Education (3)
     SPED 601 Psychological Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities (3)

IV. Research Options 
Choose One:
     Research Option: minimum of 42 s.h., including a thesis
     Non-Research Option: minimum of 39 s.h.

Certification Program in Supervision of Reading & Language Arts

To qualify for admission to the Reading Supervisor Certificate program, a candidate must have:

1. A master’s degree from an accredited college (or be pursuing one concurrently);
2. Reading specialist certification; and,
3. Five years of satisfactory teaching experience with primary responsibility for reading/language arts.

For detailed course information and information regarding certifications, please see the Graduate Catalog or the Certification Office



M.Ed. ESL Concentration

***ESL Certification and Program Requirements will be changing due to regulations mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, effective 2013***

Admission

Admission to the program is open to those applicants who possess baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must submit supporting documents as required for general admission to a graduate program. Applicants must possess Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification. Applicants must have earned a 2.75 or better undergraduate cumulative average. The General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required if undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0.

Curriculum

For detailed course information and information regarding certifications, please see the Graduate Catalog 

I. The Professional Studies Core (9 s.h)
     EDFN 601 Methods of Research (3)*
     Choose one:
        PSYC 525 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
        PSYC 526 Advanced Adolescent Psychology (3)
        EDFN 545 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
        PSYC 625 Human Growth and Development (3)

     Choose one:
        EDFN 511 Comparative Education (3)
        EDFN 590 Social Foundations Education (3)
        EDFN 603 Philosophy of Education (3)
        EDFN 604 Education and Public Policy (3).

II. Required Courses (18 s.h.)
     EDUC 561 Second Language Acquisition: Theory, Programs and Assessment (3)
     EDUC 562 Methods for Teaching English Language Learners (3)
     EDUC 563 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (3
     EDUC 564 Assessment, Policies, & Practices in Teaching English Language Learners (3)
     EDUC 565 Language and Literacy Interventions: Clinical Practicum (6)

III. Required Concentration (9 s.h.)
     RDED 622 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
     Children’s Literature Class (Choose one - 3 s.h.)
        EDUC 533 Nonfiction Literature and Literacy (3)
        EDUC 636 Literature and Response (3)
        ENGL 666 Seminar in Teaching Literature to Adolescents (3)

     Literature Class (Choose one - 3 s.h.)
        EDUC 631 Linguistic Foundations (3)
        ENGL 661 Seminar in Transformational Linguistics (3)
        ENGL 663 Applied Linguistics (3)

VI. Focused Electives (3 s.h.)
     Choose one:
        ENGL 664 Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (3)
        SPED 621 Seminar on Multicultural Aspects of Students with Disabilities (3)
        SPED 624 Action Research on Multicultural Aspects of Students with Disabilities (3)
        Another course with advisor approval

VII. Free Elective (3 s.h.)
     Choose one:
        ENGL 662 Dialects of American English (3)
        SPAN/FREN/GERM 512 Phonetics (3)(with permission of FORL coordinator)
        Another course with advisor approval

Program Specialist—ESL Certification Program

Millersville University is an approved provider of a Program Specialist-ESL certificate program. Persons who have a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II certificate and have enrolled in and completed the Millersville University ESL program are eligible to receive ESL add-on certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

For detailed course information and information regarding certifications, please see the Graduate Catalog or the Certification Office