The M.Ed. degree is designed for individuals planning to be classroom teachers of reading and writing or other teachers who are responsible for teaching reading and writing. Additional course work is available to individuals pursuing advanced levels of certification in clinical, supervisory, and coordinating roles with regard to reading, writing, and language arts.
The M.Ed. in Language and Literacy is designed for individuals planning to be classroom teachers of literacy and other teachers who are responsible for teaching literacy. The program prepares candidates to serve as a literacy teacher, coach, or specialist in K-12 school and district settings.
In addition to The Graduate School’s application requirements, applicants must submit a letter of intent. Students in the M.Ed. program will follow the program of study outlined below and are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours.
Degree Requirements (30 Hours)
Language and Literacy (27 Hours)
EDRD 600 - Foundations of Reading Instruction
EDRD 650 - Teaching Reading Through A Literature Emphasis
EDRD 700 - Multimodal Multi-genre Writing
EDRD 715 - Instructional Strategies for Reading
EDRD 716 - Foundations of Reading Assessment
EDRD 718 - Seminar in Classroom Reading Assessment
EDRD 719 - Developing and Guiding the Reading Program
EDRD 730 - Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
EDRD 796 - Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL Learners: Theory and Practice
Research (3 hours)
3 hours in research as approved by advisor.
The comprehensive assessment requires the student to organize and synthesize the skills, competencies, and knowledge gained in his/her coursework in the Language & Literacy Program.
EDRD 714 – Critical Foundations of Literacy Instruction
EDRD 750 – Literacy Curriculum Development
EDRD 776 – Coaching within Classrooms: Improving Teaching and Literacy Instruction
EDRD 760 – Literacy Research and Inquiry
EDRD 783 – Literacy Leadership and Supervision
Currently, there are no masters programs within the state designed to allow students to earn all three Read to Succeed/literacy add-on certifications offered. We have designed the revisions to this degree program to enable candidates to leave the Language and Literacy M.Ed. program with South Carolina endorsements in Literacy Teacher, Literacy Coach, and with one additional leadership course, Literacy Specialist. This is unique from any program offered at other South Carolina institutions of higher education. We have changed the Bulletin introduction to reflect this shift in purpose for the M.Ed.
The changes are being made in part to meet the State Department of Education’s certification requirements and to recognize changes that have occurred in this field including a focus on diverse learners and evolving conceptions of literacy in 21st century schools. This includes a movement away from focusing on the isolated area of "reading" instruction and toward focusing on a more integrated consideration of "literacy" instruction that encompasses reading, writing, communication, listening, speaking, digital, and multimodal literacies.
While it appears many courses have been replaced, this is not actually the case. For example, EDRD 714 is an updated version of EDRD 600, which was given its new number and name to distinguish it from other versions of this course provided in other programs. EDRD 783 is an updated version of EDRD 719 that extends “guiding the reading program” to instead encompass literacy learning not just with students but also with educators, parents, and communities, which better reflects current literacy research and is more inclusive of the multiple stakeholders who influence students’ literacy learning. EDRD 718 was already focused on inquiry learning, however the state requires a literacy research course for the Literacy Specialist, so EDRD 760 was created to provide a name and tightened 718 curriculum to better meet that need.
EDRD 714, EDRD 750, and EDRD 760 are new courses that have already been submitted to Graduate Council for approval and should be reviewed at the March 2019 Graduate Council meeting.
Each course’s key assessment will directly address a primary and secondary ILA (International Literacy Association) standard to ensure the program meets national accreditation requirements. The coursework has been designed to meet the International Literacy Association Standards as well as the SC literacy endorsement requirements.
Program change was reviewed by Tena Crews and this was determined to not be a more than 12 credit hour change.
No department was selected. Please select INTE so the proposal can be appropriately routed to Instruction and Teacher Education for initial approval.
Minor revisions, not substantive. No BOT, CHE or SACSCOC notification required.
Update will appear in the 2021 Graduate Bulletin to be published 2.15.20.