Course Catalog: Graduate Department of Language and Literacy

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Lowry Hemphill, Chair and Associate Professor
Jennifer Klinefelter, Instructor
Twakia Martin, Assistant Professor
Terry Meier, Associate Professor
Claire E. White, Instructor
Jane Yedlin, Associate Professor

Available Programs of Study:

Master of Science in Teacher of Reading
Master of Science in Language and Literacy Studies

Courses of Study to Advance Licensure

Graduate certificate program in English as a Second Language/English Language Learners
(12 credits)
Graduate certificate program in Reading (12 credits)

MS/Teacher of Reading/34 credits

The Teacher of Reading master’s program is designed for students who want to become reading specialists or classroom teachers who are experts in teaching reading and writing in multilingual and multicultural settings. Upon successful completion of the program including the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), students are eligible for Massachusetts Teacher of Reading Initial license (all levels).

Before program entry, students must have an initial teacher license, with at least one year of teaching experience in the area of this first license in the state that granted the license. Required courses in the Teacher of Reading Program meet state content requirements for advancing MA initial licenses in Early Childhood (PreK-2), Elementary (1-6), English as a Second Language (PreK-6/5-12 or Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) to Professional status for teachers who meet other state requirements.

Goals for the Teacher of Reading major:

Students will:

  • Develop tools for assessing and diagnosing a wide range of reading difficulties.
  • Learn to deliver intervention that is tailored to the specific needs of students with reading delays.
  • Learn strategies for effective work with students whose first language or dialect is not Standard English.
  • Become knowledgeable about the multiple relationships between oral language development and literacy
  • Acquire skills in delivering different forms of professional development in literacy for other teachers
  • Acquire skills for advocating for literacy needs at the school and district level.

Requirements

Core courses 9 credits

MLE 535 First and Second Language Acquisition/3 cr

HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture/3 cr

RES 722 Research in Language and Literacy/3 cr

EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities/3 cr

Program courses 21 credits

RDG 558 Multicultural Children’s Literature/3 credits

RDG 530 Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners/3 cr

RDG 618 Literacy Across the Curriculum/3 cr

RDG 622 Individualized Instruction in Literacy/3 cr

RDG 626 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems/3 cr

RDP 609 Teacher of Reading Practicum/3 cr

Program selective: (choose one) 3 credits

RDG 560 African-American Children’s Literature/3 cr

RDG 568 Developing Young Writers/3 cr

RDG 601 Multisensory Approaches to Teaching Literacy/3 cr

MLE 530 Supporting and Assessing Second Language Development/3 cr

Completion of Program* 1 credit

ACD 507 MTEL Preparation–Reading Specialist Review/0 cr

EDU 706 Capstone: Teacher of Reading/1 cr

*Entrance to capstone requirement: passing scores on the Reading Specialist and the Communication and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

MS/Language and Literacy Studies/31 credits

The 31-credit Language and Literacy Studies master’s program helps develop expertise in particular aspects of language and liter-a cy, such as multilingual literacy or reading, writing and assessment. While completion of this program does not lead to teacher licensure, the program enriches the skills of generalist teachers. In addition, Language and Literacy Studies can serve as preparation for work in curriculum development, school leadership in literacy, or doctoral studies. Some teachers use selected courses within this program to work towards a second license in Teaching English as a Second Language. Teachers with a MA initial teaching license in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, or Moderate Disabilities may use selected courses within this program to meet the coursework requirements for advancing their initial license to professional level.

Goals for the Language and Literacy Studies major:

Students will:

  • Acquire a detailed understanding of the relationships be-tween language development and literacy
  • Learn strategies for supporting the literacy development of children who struggle with reading
  • Learn strategies for supporting the literacy development of children whose first language or dialect is not Standard English

Requirements

Core courses 12 credits

HDF 521 Children’s Cognitive Development or

HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture/3 cr

MLE 535 First and Second Language Acquisition /3 cr

RES 722 Research in Language and Literacy/3 cr

EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities/3 cr

Specialty courses 18 credits

Specific program developed with advisor. Suggested areas of focus given below.

Working in Multilingual Communities

RDG 530 Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners/3 cr

RDG 558 Multicultural Children’s Literature/3 cr

RDG 560 African-American Children’s Literature/3 cr

RDG 568 Developing Young Writers/3 cr

MLE 525 Content Area Instruction for English Language Learners/3 cr

MLE 530 Supporting and Assessing Second Language Development/3 cr

Reading, Writing and Assessment

RDG 616 Assessment of Reading and Writing/3 cr

RDG 618 Literacy Across the Curriculum/3 cr

RDG 558 Multicultural Children’s Literature/3 cr

RDG 568 Developing Young Writers/3 cr

RDG 601 Multisensory Approaches to Teaching Literacy/3 cr

RDG 622 Individualized Instruction in Literacy/3 cr

RDG 626 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems/3 cr

Completion of program

EDU 708 Capstone: Language and Literacy Studies/1 cr

Professional Programs in the Department of Language and Literacy for Advancing an Initial License to the Professional Level

The Language and Literacy Department offers three programs that advance an Initial license to the Professional level, when other requirements for Professional licensure have been met.

Certificate Program in English as a Second Language/English Language Learners

This 12-credit certificate program develops expertise in working with English language learners in mainstream or sheltered English immersion classrooms.

For teachers who already hold or are completing a master’s degree, this program can be used to move the following Massachusetts initial licenses to professional level when other state requirements are met: Early Childhood Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK-2), Elementary (1-6), Reading (PreK-12), and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities.

Requirements 12 credits

RDG 530 Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners/3 cr

MLE 535 First and Second Language Acquisition/3 cr

MLE 530 Supporting and Assessing Second Language Development/3 cr

HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture/3 cr

Certificate Program in Reading

This 12-credit certificate program develops expertise in teaching reading in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. For teachers who already hold or are completing a master’s degree, this program can be used to advance the following Massachusetts initial licenses to the professional level when all other state requirements have been met: Early Childhood Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK-2), Elementary (1-6), English as a Second Language (PreK-6/5-12) and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities.

Requirements 12 credits

RDG 618 Literacy Across the Curriculum/3 cr

HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture/3 cr

RDG 601 Multisensory Approaches for Teaching Literacy/3 cr

RDG 530 Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners/3cr or

RDG 622 Individualized Instruction in Literacy/ 3cr

Licensure Completion Option: Teacher of Reading

Open only to graduates of the Wheelock Language and Literacy Studies Master of Science program to complete additional requirements for Massachusetts Teacher of Reading endorsement.

Pre-requisites:

Wheelock master’s degree in Language and Literacy Studies including MLE 535, HDF 702, RDG 530, RDG 558, RDG 618, RDG 622, RDG 626, RDG 601, RES 722.

Requirements

ACD 507 MTEL Preparation: Teacher of Reading / 0 cr

RDP 609 Practicum and Seminar: Teacher of Reading / 3 cr

EDU 706 Capstone: Teacher of Reading / 1 cr

Optional courses to qualify for Sheltered English Immersion endorsement”

MLE 501 Effective Sheltered English Immersion 1: Second Language Acquisition/ 3cr

MLE 503 Effective Sheltered English Immersion 2: Literacy and Content Instruction/ 3cr

To complete the licensure program and qualify for endorsement, candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL and qualify for endorsement as a Sheltered English Immersion teacher either through completing a state-approved professional development course, completing Wheelock courses MLE 501 and MLE 503, or by passing the ESL or SEI MTEL.

For state licensure requirements related to Wheelock programs, contact Ryan Lovell, Educator Licensure Officer. For general in-formation on teacher licensure, see the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at http://www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/ese/.

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