Graduates of the Literacy Educator program will satisfy the academic requirements for Professional certification in their current certification area but will not be eligible for additional certification as a Literacy Specialist.
Requirements for Admission
Additional Degree Information
Candidates are strongly encouraged to review the Policies and Procedures in the Graduate Catalog, focusing on the specific information related to education programs.
Candidates are advised that most, but not all, degree requirements may be completed in the Watertown area.
These programs have been designed so that full-time candidates who begin their study on campus in the Summer or Fall semester may complete their study in one calendar year. Part-time students and those intending to complete the program in Watertown should consult with their advisers about the time needed to complete their degrees.
There is no practicum requirement for the Literacy Educator program, however, candidates may expect field components in some required courses.
All degree candidates are required to complete a Culminating Experience in the School of Education and Professional Studies designed to synthesize the academic experience. For candidates in the Literacy Educator program, the Culminating Experience requirement is fulfilled by completing GRDG 681, Literacy Educator Portfolio.
Candidate progress is carefully monitored throughout the program, based on demonstration of appropriate knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Candidates are provided with information on program expectations in the first semester (GRDG 600). Candidates not making satisfactory progress will be counseled by their adviser and may be dropped from the program.
A minimum of 33 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the Master of Science in Education, Literacy Educator degree. The 33 hours are divided as follows:
| GRDG 600 Foundations of Literacy||3|
| GRDG 605 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation||3|
| GRDG 681 Literacy Educator Portfolio |
(taken in the final semester)
|GRDG 640 Literature Based Literacy Instruction||3|
| Plus one of the following (chosen under advisement)|
| GRDG 655* Literacy Intervention Strategies B-6||3|
| GRDG 656* Literacy Intervention Strategies 5-12||3|
|*Prerequisites: GRDG 600 and GRDG 605|
|Controlled Options (chosen under advisement)
|GRDG 660 Teaching Writing B-6||3|
|GRDG 661 Teaching Writing Grades 5-12||3|
|GRDG 665 Emergent Literacy||3|
|GRDG 670 Teaching Reading and Study Skills in the Content Area||3|
|IT xxx An adviser-approved technology course||3|
|Content or Content-Linking Courses (chosen under advisement)||12|
|Total credit hours||33|