Literacy Education (MA)

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The MA program in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in literacy education, provides students the opportunity to investigate theoretical and pedagogical perspectives in literacy education.

Students will study literacy assessment, essential elements of instruction, content area literacy, leadership, children's literature, multiliteracies, literacy research and theoretical foundations. Students will choose from specializations in multiliteracies education or programs that lead to Arizona Department of Education reading endorsements. Embedded within the courses in this program are six strands of inquiry:

Literacy Leadership --- A primary goal of this program is to develop a cadre of literacy leaders to serve the needs of teachers and students in Arizona and beyond.

Theoretical Foundations --- Literacy educators need to understand the relationship between theories and instructional practices in order to develop sound instructional practices and provide effective literacy instruction for all students.

Pedagogical Knowledge and Resources --- This program provides a foundational knowledge base for literacy educators, addressing both pedagogical and content knowledge. Literacy educators need to understand how to use a variety of resources to assess students' literate abilities and use these assessments to construct appropriate instructional strategies.

Technology and Digital Resources --- Teachers and students alike need to be prepared to face the impact and challenges technology brings to today's learning environments. This program will focus on the use of technology in our lives and the classroom to enhance learning experiences for students.

Critical Literacy and Social Justice --- This program is designed to enhance teachers' skills and dispositions for supporting inclusive educational practices, critical-thinking skills and multiliteracies to face the challenges of a diverse and global society.

Reflective Practice --- In this program, teachers will be supported to inquire into their own instructional approaches, analyze the resources available for literacy instruction, and critically examine the environments and learning experiences constructed in their classrooms.

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Literacy Education (MA)


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