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Degree Requirements

This degree requires successful completion of ten (10) courses and an oral comprehensive examination. A professional portfolio, completed as part of the degree program and based upon the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Professional Standards for Licensure, must be completed and submitted to the advisor of the Literacy and Language program four weeks prior to the oral comprehensive exam. Candidates seeking the Initial Specialist Teacher: Reading License must also complete a supervised practicum.

Education Core Courses (3)
EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice
EDUC 998 Language Development and Communication
EDUC 999 Research and Evaluation * (recommended after completion
of three Content or Concentration courses)

Concentration Courses (6)
LTRC 900 Research and Practice in Reading
LTRC 901 Integrating the Language Arts (Suggested first
course in concentration)
LTRC 902 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
LTRC 903 Assessment for Learning Styles and Strategies
LTRC 910 Leadership and Consultation in the Language Arts
LTRC 926 Teaching the Writing Process
Elective Course (1)
ENGL 930 Workshop in Children's Literature

Practicum required for students seeking an Initial
Specialist Teacher: Reading License
LTRC 952 Practicum in Literacy and Language with Seminar
OR
LTRC 988 Practicum in Reading Enrichment with Seminar

Students seeking an Initial Specialist Teacher: Reading License will need a 150-hour practicum. The practicum is taken only after successful completion of all required courses in the Master of Education with a concentration in Literacy and Language program and submission of a passing score on the Reading Specialist 08 MTEL. Permission of the program advisor and Dean at least three (3) months prior to the practicum is required. Students must locate their own practicum site, which must be approved by the University.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires teachers seeking the Initial Specialist Teacher: Reading License to have at least an Initial Teaching License and at least one year of experience under that license.

*Candidates for the Initial Specialist Teacher: Reading License must complete a Literacy and Language research project.

Coordinator and Advisor: Dr. Diane L. Lowe, Education

Notes:

  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.

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