Master of Education in Literacy
The Graduate Studies Program in Literacy requires
participants to complete 36 semester hours of graduate credit, which includes
both campus-based courses and practical field experience in local schools.
Through a carefully designed sequence of courses and experiences, graduates
will be prepared to meet the literacy needs of students in elementary, middle,
and secondary classrooms.
The program reflects a commitment to the integration
of literacy theory, curriculum, and practice with methods of research and
inquiry. In addition, participants will develop the leadership skills necessary
to organize and support school wide literacy programs.
The program has been designed so
students can complete all of the requirements in as few as 1.5 years or as many
as 5 years. The typical teacher in the
program will complete it in 3 years.
To earn a degree, candidates are
required to maintain a “B” average (3.0 gpa) in all course work and develop a
portfolio that demonstrates mastery of current IRA Standards for Reading
Successful completion of the
program qualifies candidates for a M.Ed. degree and fulfills the coursework
requirements of a PK-12 Reading Specialist/Consultant certificate in Rhode
who have successfully completed the literacy program at Providence College, who
have three years of teaching experience, and who have passed the Praxis Reading
Specialist assessment are eligible for Rhode Island certification as a reading
specialist. Click here for more information regarding
the Praxis Reading Specialist assessment.
The following courses are required in the master's program in literacy:
program has been designed to follow a developmental sequence. Therefore, students should complete all
coursework in one strand before moving on to the next strand.
Strand I: Developing Core Knowledge
EDU763: Research in Literacy
EDU765: Models and Processes of Literacy
Strand II: Applying Core Knowledge to K-12 Learners
EDU767: Children’s & Adolescent Literature
EDU830: Best Practices Primary Grades
*EDU832: Best Practice Middle / Secondary Schools
**EDU835: Seminar in Meeting the Demands of the At-risk Learner
EDU840: Best Practice Intermediate Grades
EDU851: Teaching Writing K-12
Strand III: Developing Leadership through Internship
EDU836: Literacy Clinic
EDU837: Organization and Supervision
EDU842: The Literacy Coach
*Pre-requisites EDU830, EDU840
**EDU835 is intended to provide a culminating experience for Strand II.
Consult program handbook for additional information.
2014-2016 Literacy Handbook