Literacy, Language & Culture (Ph.D.), Literacy, Language & Culture (M.Ed.)
The Master's of Education in Instructional Leadership: Literacy, Language & Culture program provides students with high-quality advanced training in Literacy Education that enables them to understand and foster children’s and adolescents’ language and literacy development. The program is intended for students who wish to advance their knowledge of:
* literacy or literacy instruction in elementary classrooms, secondary classrooms, and alternative settings
* literacy research and its impact on practice
* strategies to support teacher inquiry in literacy
Students in the program may work toward a State of Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement (Strand A), Reading Specialist certification (State of Illinois Type 10, grades K-12) (Strand B), or a non-certification option (Strand C) while earning the M.Ed. degree. In addition, the program prepares those who may eventually pursue doctoral studies in Education, Psychology, English, and other related fields. The program also provides background for those seeking to enter literacy-related fields such as publishing, adult literacy education, or clinical teaching.
Our program is grounded in the commitment that language and literacy skills are essential to every aspect of an individual. Candidates study and research the factors that put children or youth at a disadvantage as well as those assets -- family, community, or cultural -- that support high levels of academic, social, and character development and, in turn, effective schools. The concentration prepares students to investigate these issues from multiple perspectives: the individual level; the school level; the neighborhood or community level; and the national and international levels, where expansive cultural concerns such as immigration, multiculturalism, and economic mobility are significant influences.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission