Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction - Teacher Education

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Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction Michigan State University
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Program Requirements

Proseminar I (3 credits):

The professional seminar, TE 840, is required of all students. It deals with knowledge foundational to the teaching and learning of oral and written language and literacy. Students should enroll in no more than 9 credits in the program prior to taking the first proseminar course.

Proseminar II (3 credits):

The capstone seminar, TE 873, is required of all students. It focuses on pulling together and synthesizing knowledge gained through the entire program of study around the theme of Classroom Teacher as Literacy Leader. The culmination of this course is the Final Comprehensive Paper, or a written brief and/or tool submitted for use by literacy coaches to the Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse (LCC), joint effort of NCTE and IRA.

Foundations (3 credits):

Good practice reflects knowledge about how diverse children learn and develop, how to observe children for purposes of creating sound literacy instruction, and the historical, social and cultural contexts in which literacy instruction occurs. The courses in this area provide access to information about learning, development and historical, social, cultural, and linguistic issues within literacy and teacher education.

Methods (15 credits):

The methodological courses provide a basis for the practice of literacy instruction. In addition, these courses help meet Michigan certification requirements for classroom reading teachers and reading specialists. Methods courses include those in reading, writing, and oral language instruction, language arts methods, methods of teaching children’s and adolescent literature, and classroom based literacy assessment. These courses should be taken simultaneously and/or following completion of the first proseminar course.

Specialization (9 credits):

Students in our program are often called upon to assume leadership positions in schools and school districts, as well as in government and business/community contexts. Consequently, we want all students to have substantial knowledge about all aspects of literacy education. Many areas of expertise are developed through the proseminar, foundations and methods courses. However, students often express a desire to know more about specialty areas, such as writing, children’s literature, or assessment, to name a few possibilities. The purpose of the specialization is for students to select an area in which they feel a need to know more, or it could be an area where they would simply like to know more. In some cases, students select courses in this area because of changes in job requirements or a desire to assume different leadership roles. Talk with your advisor about choices you would like to make. Typically, a minimum of two courses is necessary for a specialization area. A third course can be chosen within the specialization area or another area of interest.

Final Comprehensive Paper:

MSU’s Graduate School requires a final assessment for graduate programs. For the Literacy & Instruction Masters Program, the students are required to complete a paper in which they synthesize and apply the major points and themes that run across the collection of courses that make up the Literacy & Instruction Masters Program. A more detailed explanation can be found in the Master of Arts in Literacy and Instruction Handbook.