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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Literacy Education, Individualized Design Concentration (M.S.)

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Mary Bowser, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Bowman Building, Office 111; (540) 545-7277; mbowser@su.edu

Karen Huff, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Bowman Building, Office 110; (540) 545-7215; khuff@su.edu

The Master of Science in Literacy Education prepares teachers to implement best practices in literacy teaching and learning through collaboration, reflection, critical thinking, coaching, data analysis and authentic assessments. It is designed to meet the current and changing needs of regional teachers and school systems as they strive to upgrade professional skills and teacher effectiveness. This degree is flexible enough to adapt to individual school or teacher needs. It is also designed to meet state endorsement requirements in individual endorsement areas as noted in the Degree Requirements section below.

This master’s program is a teacher-oriented and inquiry-centered program that addresses the complex field of literacy by offering three core literacy courses for all participants in the program, and then choices of concentrations in writing, reading, and early childhood education, designed to explore literacy areas in depth. These courses use research –based best practices to inform the teachers’ decisions, provide guidance in addressing problems they will encounter in educational roles, and present opportunities to effect change in the environment in which they work.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree prior to admission to the program. Applicants for graduate degrees in education are required to submit satisfactory grades in prior undergraduate coursework, and may be required to submit scores on standardized tests. Applicants for Virginia licensure concentrations must hold the appropriate and valid teaching license. International applicants must meet Shenandoah University admissions and language certification requirements. For further information, contact the Division of Education & Leadership.

Degree Requirements

The degree requirement is the completion of a 30-semester hour program (see below) with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Requirements include the 9-credit Literacy Core and a total of 21 credits of coursework from the Literacy Concentrations. One class must be designated a Residency Course.

Residency Courses are summer classes synergistically grouped with the Children’s Literature Conference, the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project/Project Write, Inc., and the Reading Clinic. These include weeks of instruction involving collaborative teams designing literacy lessons and implementing best practice strategies and technologies while working with partner schools’ children in summer programs to improve literacy scores and reduce “summer decline” in reading and writing.

Concentration (Core plus 21 credits)

Teachers wanting to increase their knowledge and skills across the breadth of the literacy field should take this concentration. Courses are selected in consultation with advisor. Courses are offered in the rotation schedules for the single Concentrations.

Total: 9 credits


Note: Choice of the Intensive Writing Workshop (6 credits) in Category D will limit the choice to one course in Category B.)

Category B

Choose two from the following:

Category C

Choose one from the following:

  • ENG 502 Children’s Literature Conference: Writing Class Credit(s): 3
  • ENG 503 Children’s Literature Conference: Literature Class Credit(s): 3

Category D

Choose one from the following:

Total: 30 credits

Participants who take a leave from the MSLE program and return after more than one year may be required to retake certain courses to update their knowledge, or take additional courses to comply with new program requirements.

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