Above: Summer Reading Academy student snuggling up with a good book.
Reading and Language Programs
The Department of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Education offers three graduate literacy programs to support in-depth exploration of language development, literacy learning, and teaching. The programs feature hands-on experiences that are immediately applicable in the classroom. Many of our students earn a state license and a master's degree simultaneously. The Reading and Literacy programs are dedicated to excellence in the preparation of teachers through on-going professional development in bilingual education, reading, writing, and language arts education.
Advanced literacy programs include a master's degree with an emphasis in reading and language; the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA), and the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (RLLSC). Many students earn the added authorization or specialist credential along with a master's degree simultaneously. These programs may be taken individually or candidates may complete the M.A. degree program and the RLAA OR RLLSC simultaneously. Programs are designed with both full-time and part-time students in mind. Our programs are based on sound educational practice, current research knowledge, sensitivity to the needs of K-12 education, appreciation for diversity, and respect for all learners.