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Welcome to Literacy and Language Education

About Literacy and Language Graduate Programs

The graduate program in Literacy and Language education offers K-12 teachers and prospective researchers/scholars opportunities to investigate contemporary issues and pedagogical methods related to literacy and language teaching and learning, assessment, and curriculum. Faculty and graduate students comprise a dynamic community of scholars using a mixture of historical, quantitative, and qualitative methodologies. At the master's level, students are offered a choice between a research thesis or a portfolio program that documents their growth and philosophy as a teacher or writing a research thesis. At the doctoral level, students conduct original research to complete a dissertation.

Our Faculty

Faculty interests include applied linguistics, children's and young adult literature, emergent literacy development, English language arts pedagogy, genre studies, literacy development and assessment in elementary and secondary school, multimodal discourse analysis, professional development systems in literacy education, second language development, Reading Recovery, uses of technology in reflective teaching and learning, teacher identity, pre-service teacher reflections, literary and pedagogical theory, and English Language Learning. Our faculty are involved in a wide range of research activities and projects related to the field of Literacy and Language. We also offer an ELL Licensure Program (K-12) as well as an ELL Certificate Program (K-12). See our list of faculty and see an overview of their research projects at the following links:

Degree Information

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