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Language and Literacy

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.

Would you like to enhance your understanding of reading and the English language arts? Would you like to become a literacy teacher, literacy coach, or teacher of English language learners? 

When you join the Language and Literacy program, you will become part of a community of educators who actively explore the relationships between language, thinking and culture through reading, writing, and discussing as well as through practical experiences in local schools.

Your course work

Your course work will include an inquiry-based approach. You will explore the relationships among language, thinking, and culture, and examine how reading as a process is not separate from but connected to the cultural contexts where language is used. You will have opportunities to participate in our ongoing partnerships with other educational institutions and agencies.

Your career

In addition to the options for add-on literacy certifications, you might use your understanding of language and learning to become a special reading teacher or literacy coach. You might become a leader within your school district or other professional settings, like state departments of education or institutions of higher education.