Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction - Teacher Education

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Literacy Courses

Proseminar Strand

6 Credits Required
TE 840 is the first course in the program and must be taken no more than 9 credits into the program. TE 873 is the capstone course for the program and should be taken at the end, or near the end of the program, in conjunction with final comprehensive paper.

TE 840 Proseminar I: Historical Bases for Literacy Instruction
TE 873 Proseminar II: Literacy Leadership

Foundations of Literacy

3 Credits Required
Select one 3-credit course from within the College of Education, focusing on:
  • history
  • philosophy
  • learning
  • development
  • social and cultural foundations
  • curriculum development
College of Education Courses
  • TE 810 History of American Education
  • TE 811 Philosophical Inquiry and Contemporary Issues in Education
  • TE 812 Sociological Inquiry into Education
  • TE 815 Comparative Analysis of Educational Practice
  • TE 816 Education in Transition
  • TE 820 Power and Pluralism in School Practice
  • TE 821 Race and Educational Policy in the United States
  • TE 822 Issues of Culture in Classrooms and Curriculum
  • TE 823 Learning Communities and Equity
  • CEP 800 Psychology of Learning in School and Other Settings
  • CEP 801 Psychological Development: Learner Differences and Commonalities
  • CEP 852 Students with Disabilities in the Regular Classroom
  • EAD 853B Schools, Families, and Communities

Non-MSU graduates must take one 3-credit course from this list. MSU Graduates may substitute TE 801 or 802 for this requirement. BUT, all courses must be completed within 5 years of taking TE 801 or TE 802 for the course to count.

Method. Foundations of Literacy

15 Credits Required
Generally, students should enroll in these courses before working on an area of specialization.

  • TE 842 Advanced Methods of Elementary School Reading
  • TE 843 Reading, Writing and Reasoning in Secondary School Subjects
  • TE 844 Classroom Literacy Assessment
  • TE 847 Advanced Methods for Teaching Language Arts
  • TE 849 Methods and Materials for Teaching Children’s and Adolescent Literature

Area Of Specialization

6 - 9 Credits
Reading Specialist
(required only for students seeking the Michigan Reading Specialist Certificate)
  • TE 853 Corrective and Remedial Literacy Instruction in the Classroom
  • TE 854 Clinical Literacy Instruction
    (take TE 853 before TE 854)
  • TE 873 Literacy Leadership

Other sample combinations

(suggestions only; specific combinations are negotiated with advisor):

Writing Instruction
  • TE 848 Methods of Writing Instruction
  • TE 883D Theory and Research on the Teaching of Writing
Early Literacy Foundations and Development
  • TE 845 Language Diversity and Literacy Instruction
  • TE 851 Literacy for the Young Child at Home and School
  • TE 883A Oral Language and Literacy
Teaching Literacy to Diverse Learners
  • TE 845 Language Diversity and Literacy Instruction
  • TE 851 Literacy for the Young Child at Home and School
  • TE 891 Culture, Literacy, and Autobiography
Children’s Literature
  • TE 849 Methods and Materials for Teaching Children’s and Adolescent Literature
  • TE 850 Critical Reading for Children and Adolescents
    (take TE 849 before TE 850)
  • TE 883B Children’s Classics and Award Books
Technology Certificate
  • CEP 810 Teaching for Understanding with Computers
  • CEP 811 Adapting Innovative Technologies to Education
  • CEP 812 Applying Instructional Development and Educational Technology for Clients

Elective Course

3 Credits
The elective may be taken in an area of specialization to form a 9-credit block, if the area of specialization is only 6 credits or, for Reading Specialist students, where the third course in their area of specialization (TE 873) also fulfills the program capstone. The course must be related to language or literacy but whose content differs from that of the student’s area of specialization but may be important to a student's learning and professional goals.
33 Required Credits Total

Online/Hybrid Courses Available

Some of the courses listed below are occasionally available online or as hybrid options. Please check the MSU Registrar Office Scheduling Website, or the respective course instructors for the most current list of hybrid and online course offerings.
  • TE 851 - Literacy for the Young Child at Home and School
  • TE 848 - Methods of Writing Instruction
  • TE 846 - Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners
    Study the developmental processes, instructional practices, and assessment principles that contribute to effective learning of reading and writing. You will also conduct a case study with 1 or 2 students. This course meets the Michigan Department of Education's requirement for completing an additional reading instruction course in order to qualify for the Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate. The course is offered in face-to-face and on-line formats.
  • TE 844 - Classroom Literacy Assessment