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College of Education


Language and Literacy: Degree Programs

In recent years, there has been an explosion of new knowledge about literacy learning and literacy education. Literacy is tied to social, historical, political, and cultural contexts. Reading, teaching and learning are constructivist events. Learners are inquirers, and the learning process itself functions as an inquiry process.

 

Language and Literacy, M.Ed.

The courses in this program explore research-based practices and inquiry learning to help you meet the needs of diverse learners. Courses are offered on campus and at K-12 schools across South Carolina. On graduating, you will take the PRAXIS exam, and when you pass, you can receive the South Carolina Literacy Teacher add-on certification.

If you are already a certified teacher, you have the option to take courses towards South Carolina English for Speakers of Other Languages add-on certification or South Carolina Literacy Coach add-on certification, as part of the program. For more information about specific curriculum requirements, please visit the academic bulletin.
 

Language and Literacy, Ph.D.

The primary goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare you to make a difference, whether you choose to enter the field of education research, teacher preparation, policy analysis, or curriculum development.

In an increasingly digitally and globally connected world, literacy encompasses not only reading and writing, but multiple sign systems. Within this context, equity and diversity issues impact learning, language development, and policy. Combining theory and practice, you will explore how these issues impact teaching, learning, and society. For more information about specific curriculum requirements, please visit the academic bulletin.