Nov 23, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalogue 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Language and Literacy Education Specialization - M.Ed.


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Graduate Coordinator, Language and Literacy Education: Dr. Jeanne Swafford

The graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.), with specialization in Language and Literacy (i.e. reading) Education, addresses the North Carolina Masters/Advanced Competencies which include standards in Instructional Expertise, Knowledge of Learners, Research Expertise, Connecting Subject Matter and Learners, and Professional Development and Leadership. It provides advanced professional training for individuals holding, or qualified to hold, North Carolina Class “A” teacher licensure in at least one area of education. The 33 credit hour program is comprised of 27 credit hours in the specialization, and 6 credit hours of electives. Based on the view of the professional as a decision-maker, the program addresses the needs for conceptual and procedural bases for decision making, for specific practices, and for structured reflection.

Admission Requirements


Applicants seeking admission to the (M.Ed.) with specialization in Language and Literacy Education program are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. An application for graduate admission.
  2. Official copies of transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).
  3. Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields (employers, professors, supervisors).
  4. A 2-3 page typed letter of application which includes a description of the applicant’s professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.
  5. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

The criteria for graduate admissions decisions include:

  1. A grade average of “B” in the undergraduate major
  2. Satisfactory letters of recommendation from appropriate references
  3. Satisfactory writing skills indicated by the letter of application

Admissions decisions are based upon several factors and where other indicators of success warrant, individuals who fall below the established criteria in one area may be considered for admission.

Applicants to the language and literacy program are required to hold, or be qualified to hold, North Carolina Class “A” elementary, middle grades, special education or secondary teacher licensure. Under exceptional circumstances, individuals who do not hold the specified teaching credential may be admitted. Such exceptions may be made in cases of otherwise qualified applicants who are engaged in relevant professional roles not requiring teacher certification and who may profit professionally from the type of advanced study offered at this institution. However, upon completion of the graduate program, individuals admitted under such exceptions are not qualified for the institution’s recommendation for North Carolina Board of Education instructional or administrative licensure.

Degree Requirements (33 total credit hours)


Electives (6 credit hours)


Recommended electives or other courses as approved by the advisor or graduate coordinator.

Exit Requirement


Each student is required to complete the comprehensive examination process as defined by the Language and Literacy faculty prior to completion of the program.

Reading Specialist Certification


Individuals who already hold a master’s degree in education in a related area may qualify to be recommended for graduate level licensure in Reading (K-12) by completing 24 additional credit hours of literacy-related coursework, approved by the Language and Literacy faculty, and passing the appropriate specialty area PRAXIS examination. Please see the program coordinator for specific information if you are interested in this certification.

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