Master of Education in Literacy Studies with an Emphasis Reading/Language Arts-Elementary


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Interested in this program? Apply now or contact the College of Education's Student Information and Services Center for additional information at 616-331-6650 or coeserve@gvsu.edu.

The reading and language arts program leading to the M.Ed. degree provides elementary and secondary teachers with the appreciation, theory, and practical skills needed to teach various areas of reading and language arts.

The program is helpful for classroom teachers who want to expand their skills in dealing with students in language arts programs as well as for other professionals who deal with problems of reading adjustment. Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 semester hours. The Elementary Reading Teacher Endorsement (K-8) is a 24-semester-hour program leading to state certification in reading at the elementary school level. It is designed for classroom teachers who wish to develop expertise in the teaching of reading. The elementary reading teacher endorsement may be added only to an elementary teaching certificate.

The program offers various options for course delivery: Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Online. For more course format information and how to find available courses, please click here.

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Social Foundation Courses. Select One (3 credits):
EDF 671 Educational Policy and Practice
EDF 672 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

Research Foundation Course (Prerequisite to ED 693/695) (3 credits):
EDF 660 Educational Inquiry and Evaluation

Emphasis Area Courses (24 credits):
EDR 621 Current Issues and Trends in Literacy
EDR 622 Developmental Literacy for Children
EDR 624 Literature for Children
EDR 626 Literacy Assessment & Instruction
EDR 627 Literacy Strategies for Content Areas
EDR 628 Curriculum and Materials for Language Arts
EDR 631 Teaching Writing
EDR 685 Practicum Experience for Teachers

Capstone (Application required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required) (3 credits)Select One:

ED 693 Master's Project
ED 695 Master's Thesis

Application deadlines (Practicum/Thesis/Project):  February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall,
September 15 for winter semester.

Elementary Reading Teacher Endorsement, K-8, Only (24 credits):  
EDR 621 Current Issues and Trends in Literacy
EDR 622 Developmental Literacy for Children
EDR 624 Literature for Children
EDR 628 Curriculum and Materials for Language Arts
ENG/EDR 631 Teaching Writing
EDR 626 Literacy Assessment and Instruction
EDR 627 Literacy Strategies for Content Areas
EDR 685 Practicum Experience for Reading Teachers

In addition, candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

All candidates must complete a portfolio and submit it periodically for faculty review. Information about the portfolio 

Courses Back to top