Graduate Department of Language and Literacy

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 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 Language and Literacy Studies

Master of Science in Teacher of Reading

COURSES OF STUDY TO ADVANCE LICENSURE

Graduate certificate program in English Language Learners (PreK-6/5-12 – 12 credits)

Graduate certificate program in Reading (12 credits)

MS/Teacher of Reading/31 credits

Description of the Teacher of Reading major

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 initial licenses in Early Childhood, Elementary, English as a Second Language or Moderate Disabilities to Professional status for teachers who meet other state requirement.

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
Program courses 21 credits
RDG 558 Multicultural Children's Literature/3 cr
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 Second Language Acquisition/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
Description of the Language and Literacy Studies major

The 31-credit Language and Literacy Studies master’s program helps develop expertise in particular aspects of language and literacy, 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 an 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 between 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 9 credits
HDF 521       Children's Cognitive Development or
HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture/3 cr
MLE 535 Second Language Acquisition and Assessment/3 cr
RES 722 Research in Language and Literacy/3 cr
Specialty courses 21 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 559 Latino 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 Second Language Acquisition/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 1 credit
EDU 708 Capstone: Language and Literacy Studies

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

Advanced Master’s in Teacher of Reading (31 credits)

This master’s degree in Teacher of Reading (31 credits) was approved by the state in 2006 and presented for renewal in fall 2014, for advancing an Initial license to the Professional level in the following content areas: Early Childhood, Elementary, or Moderate Disabilities, when all other state requirements have been met.

Certificate Program in Teaching English Language Learners (Prek-6/5-12)

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, these courses can be used to move an initial license in early childhood education, elementary education, or special education (teacher of students with moderate disabilities) to the professional level when other state licensure requirements have been met.

Requirements
RDG 530       Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners 3 credits
MLE 535 Second Language Acquisition and Assessment 3 credits
MLE 530 Supporting Second Language Acquisition 3 credits
HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture 3 credits
Certificate Program in Reading/12 credits

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, these courses can be used to move an initial license in early childhood education, elementary education, English as a second language, or special education (teacher of students with moderate disabilities) to professional licensure.

Requirements
RDG 618       Literacy Across the Curriculum 3 credits
HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture 3 credits
RDG 601 Multisensory Approaches for Teaching Literacy 3 credits
RDG 530 Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners
or
RDG 622 Individualized Instruction in Literacy 3 credits

Entrance to the Master’s in Teacher of Reading or to the Reading Professional licensure 12-credit certificate requires permission from the Chair of the Language and Literacy Department. Wheelock College offers several master’s programs that can incorporate a 12-credit variation of a Professional Licensure Program to serve the professional development needs of a teacher who plans to advance an Initial license and does not yet earned a master’s.

For state licensure requirements related to Wheelock programs, contact the Associate Dean for Education in the School of Graduate and Professional Programs (dmckibbens@ wheelock.edu). For general information on teacher licensure for those who want to know how to become a teacher, see the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at www.doe.mass.edu/educators .  

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