School of Education

Master of Education Degree in Literacy

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The purpose of a Master of Education degree in literacy is to educate reading professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of reading theories, processes, strategies, curriculum and research; who can use that knowledge to plan appropriate reading programs and curricula for a variety of contexts; and who can communicate information to a wide variety of audiences.

Graduates of the Master of Education in literacy program will demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of reading as the process of constructing meaning through the interaction of the reader’s existing knowledge, the information suggested by the written language and the context of the reading situation
  • Knowledge of the influence of cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds on the reading process and how to use what the reader brings to the reading experience
  • An understanding of relationships among the language processes of reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Support for students in acquiring the ability to monitor comprehension and reading processes and apply appropriate strategies for a variety of purposes
  • Knowledge of assessments that involve multiple indicators of learner progress
  • Development of an environment that motivates students to pursue and respond to reading and writing for personal growth and development
  • Classroom-based research in reading
  • Expertise in sharing knowledge of reading research and instructional practices with peers
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Admission to the Clemson Graduate School
    • Meet all requirements of the Graduate School
    • Copy of valid teaching certificate
    • Statement of purpose (addressing professional goals and philosophy of teaching)
    • Competitive GRE scores

Degree requirements
36 semester hours and successful completion of electronic portfolio

Degree requirements
36 semester hours and successful completion of electronic portfolio

The Master of Education in Literacy offers 2 plans for completion of course requirements:
1. Literacy Teacher certification: K-12
2. Literacy Teacher certification: K-12 and ESOL emphasis

Core Courses (required in both plans)
EDLT 8600** Reading Instruction in the Elementary School (3 hours)
EDLT 8610 Fundamentals of Basic Reading (3 hours)
EDLT 8620 Clinical Research in Reading (3 hours)
EDLT 8630 Organizing and Supervising Reading Programs (3 hours)
EDLT 8640 Teaching Secondary School Reading(3 hours)
EDLT 8650 Evaluation & Remediation of Reading Problems (3 hours)
EDLT 8660 Practicum in Reading (Prerequisite: READ 8650) (3 hours)
EDF 8020 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 hours)
EDF 8080 Educational Tests and Measurements (3 hours)

**If completed at the undergraduate level, consult adviser for course substitution.

Plan 1. Literacy Teacher: K-12 Certification

  • Three additional literacy/language arts courses from suggested course list (9 hours)

Plan 2. Literacy Teacher: K-12 Certification and ESOL Emphasis

  • EDLT 8730 Teaching Reading and Writing to Limited English Proficient Learners (3 hours)
  • EDLT 8740 Principles and Strategies for Teaching ESOL (3 hours)
  • ED 8670 Practicum in the Instruction of ESOL to Elementary and Secondary Learners (3 hours)
  • ED 8390 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)

Suggested course list for additional expertise in literacy/language arts and related areas:

  • EDLT 8670 Middle School Reading
  • EDLT 8680 Using Literature and Technology for Reading Instruction
  • EDLT 8690 An Integrated Approach to Reading and Writing
  • EDLT 8700 Early Literacy: Strategic Reading and Writing Instruction
  • EDLT 8710 Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • EDLT 8720 Guided Reading and Guided Writing
  • EDLT 8730 Models for Balanced Literacy
  • EDLT 8740 Principles and Strategies for Teaching ESOL
  • EDLT 8820 Reading Recovery Practicum I (taken concurrently with READ 8800)
  • EDLT 8830 Reading Recovery Practicum II (taken concurrently with READ 8810)
  • ED F 8770 Experimental and Nonexperimental Research Methods in Education I
  • ED F 8800 Instructional Technology in the Elementary and Middle School
  • ED SP 8200 Language Arts Instruction for Individuals with Disabilities

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