The Roger Williams University Master of Arts in Literacy Education is a 31-credit program, leading to certification as a PK-12 Reading Specialist/Consultant in Rhode Island and in member states of the Interstate Certification Compact (ICC).
The 16-month program is part-time and graduate students take two courses in the fall, spring, and summer terms, and one course in the winter intersession. Students complete the program as a cohort, benefitting from a collegial atmosphere with the same group of students completing the entire program together. All learning experiences are guided by the National Standards for Reading Professionals as set forth by the International Reading Association.
The program includes nine courses, clustered into three Curriculum Levels, and arranged in a developmental sequence: Level I, Explorations; Level II, Investigations; and Level III, Professionalism. In Level I, Explorations, candidates develop a knowledge base and participate in field experiences in two introductory courses. In Level II, Investigations, candidates develop expertise in instructional and assessment skills that are critical to their roles as literacy professionals. In Level III, Professionalism, candidates build on the broad based knowledge they developed in the first two phases and prepare to assume and carry out leadership roles as literacy professionals.
The School of Education also requires a personal interview as part of the admissions process.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Literacy Education
(All courses are THREE CREDITS unless otherwise indicated)
Curriculum Level 1: Explorations
|EDU||610||Introduction to Literacy Research|
|EDU||616||Research-Based Literacy Practices I: Writing Across the Curriculum, K-12|
Curriculum Level 2: Investigations
|EDU||618||Literature for Children and Young Adults|
|EDU||620||Research-Based Literacy Practices II: Reading Across the Curriculum, K-12|
|EDU||622||Research Based Literacy Practices III: Preparing Strategic Readers, K-12|
|EDU||634||Assessment of Reading and Writing Difficulties|
|EDU||638||Clinical Experience in Literacy Education||(6 credits)|
Curriculum Level 3: Professionalism
|EDU||650||Leadership for Literacy Professionals|
|EDU||654||Advanced Literacy Research Seminar||(4 credits)|