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Twin Cities Campus

Literacy Education M.Ed.

Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 125 Peik Hall, 159 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-4006; fax: 612-624-8277)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Education
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of education (MED)/professional studies program in Literacy Education is designed to improve the quality of literacy education in K-12 schools. The program aims to address the growing state and national emphasis on pupils' reading skills and achievement. The literacy education program provides instruction on current developments in literacy theory and research, as well as teaching methods for reading, writing, language, speech, and media studies. Students will learn to develop instructional units, evaluate and assess K-12 pupils' literacy skills, and develop technology tools to teach them. The program also encourages students to become "literacy leaders" in their schools and school systems.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit transcripts from every college attended (even those where a degree wasn't earned), scores from the TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB (if applicable), a resume, and a clearly written statement of career interests, goals, and objectives. Master's applications are reviewed by department faculty three times per academic year: Fall, Spring and Summer.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Core Coursework (6 credits)
CI 5155 - Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum: Instruction and Assessment (3.0 cr)
CI 5351 - Technology Tools for Educators (3.0 cr)
Literacy Education Requirements (18 credits)
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CI 5402 - Introduction to Special Collections (3.0 cr)
· CI 5403 - Writing For and By Children (3.0 cr)
· CI 5404 - Multicultural Literature for Children and Adolescents (3.0 cr)
· CI 5410 - Special Topics in the Teaching of Literacy (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CI 5417 - Elementary literacy Instruction for ESL Students (3.0 cr)
· CI 5422 - Teaching Writing in Schools (3.0 cr)
· CI 5431 - Introduction to Instructional Leadership in K-12 Reading (3.0 cr)
· CI 5432 - Instructional Leadership in Reading in Kindergarten and the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
· CI 5433 - Instructional Leadership in Reading for the Middle and Secondary Grades (3.0 cr)
· CI 5434 - Professional Development and Evolving Practice in K-12 Reading (3.0 cr)
· CI 5435 - Instructional Leadership in Preventing Reading Difficulties (3.0 cr)
· CI 5441 - Teaching Literature in the Secondary School (2.0-3.0 cr)
· CI 5442 - Literature for Adolescents (3.0 cr)
· CI 5451 - Teaching Reading in Middle and Secondary Grades (3.0 cr)
· CI 5461 - Teaching Composition in the Secondary School (3.0 cr)
· CI 5462 - Evaluating and Assessing Writing (3.0 cr)
· CI 5472 - Teaching Critical Media Analysis in Schools (3.0 cr)
· CI 5475 - Teaching Digital Writing (3.0 cr)
Electives (6 credits)
Courses will be selected in consultation with faculty advisor. Students are advised to select courses that reflect learning issues faced in their classroom, including special education, secondary language, or cultural diversity issues.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CI 5331 - Introduction to Learning Technologies (3.0 cr)
· CI 5361 - Teaching and Learning with the Internet (2.0-3.0 cr)
· CI 5619 - Teaching World Languages and Cultures in Elementary Settings (3.0 cr)
· CI 5641 - Language, Culture, and Education (3.0 cr)
· CI 5642 - Assessing English Learners (3.0 cr)
· CI 5647 - Teaching Middle and Secondary Immigrant and Refugee Students With Limited Formal Schooling (3.0 cr)
· CI 5651 - Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures Education (3.0 cr)
· CI 5656 - Teaching Literacy in Second Language Classrooms (3.0 cr)
· CI 5657 - Teaching Speaking and Listening in Second Language Classrooms (3.0 cr)
· YOST 5952 - Everyday Lives of Youth (3.0 cr)
· YOST 5954 - Experiential Learning: Pedagogy for Community and Classroom (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5090 - Readings in Special Subjects (1.0-4.0 cr)
· EPSY 5112 - Knowing, Learning, and Thinking (4.0 cr)
· EPSY 5113 - Psychology of Instruction and Technology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5114 - Psychology of Student Learning (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5151 - Cooperative Learning (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5612 - Understanding of Academic Disabilities (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5613 - Foundations of Special Education I [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
 
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CI 5155 - Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum: Instruction and Assessment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current research/issues that cross disciplinary boundaries in curriculum development, instructional practices, and assessment methods. Interrelations among curriculum, instruction, and assessment within framework of constructivist learning theory. Individual classroom practices/theories. prereq: Grad students only
CI 5351 - Technology Tools for Educators
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Develop skills in using technology applications to support teaching and learning. Internet applications, presentation software, Web 2.0 technologies, and Web site development.
CI 5402 - Introduction to Special Collections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Uses Children's Literature Research Collection as research material. Study of manuscripts, original art, and letters. prereq: Children's lit course
CI 5403 - Writing For and By Children
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Aspects of writing/illustrating children's literature or children's own writing. May feature authors/illustrators of children's books.
CI 5404 - Multicultural Literature for Children and Adolescents
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Course explores multicultural literature for children and adolescents as a site where difference can be emphasized and appreciated rather than downplayed and muted. We study award-winning works of fiction and arrive at a definition of multicultural literature for the modern classroom.
CI 5410 - Special Topics in the Teaching of Literacy
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Topics related specifically to the needs of in-service teachers. Topics, location, credits, and duration will be highly flexible.
CI 5417 - Elementary literacy Instruction for ESL Students
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Teaching reading/writing in elementary grades to students from diverse languages. Second-language literacy development. Phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension. Ways to connect students? background knowledge to literacy curriculum. prereq: Bachelor's degree completed
CI 5422 - Teaching Writing in Schools
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theory/practice of teaching writing in schools. How race, gender, and social class impact teaching/learning.
CI 5431 - Introduction to Instructional Leadership in K-12 Reading
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
K-12 curriculum in reading, major theories/research that motivate curriculum. Major instructional principles, alignments needed, resources available. prereq: Minnesota license valid for classroom teaching in pre-kindergarten, [adult basic education or grades kindergarten through 6 or 1 through 6 or 5 through 8 or 9 through 12 or kindergarten through 12]
CI 5432 - Instructional Leadership in Reading in Kindergarten and the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research-based reading instruction for elementary grades. How to help other teachers improve practice. Characteristics of effective schools within context of improving students. reading achievement. prereq: 5431
CI 5433 - Instructional Leadership in Reading for the Middle and Secondary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Curriculum/instruction for middle/secondary school students. prereq: 5432
CI 5434 - Professional Development and Evolving Practice in K-12 Reading
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Developing e-portfolio to assess competence in standards for teaching K-12 reading. Evolving teaching practices. Applications of current technologies. prereq: 5433
CI 5435 - Instructional Leadership in Preventing Reading Difficulties
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research-based reading interventions for struggling readers. How to help other teachers improve their practice. Theory/research behind preventing reading difficulties. Principles/techniques for assessing reading difficulties and students? progress. prereq: 5434
CI 5441 - Teaching Literature in the Secondary School
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Current theories. Analyzing literature. Response to literature. Adolescent literature/reading interests. Devising response activities/units. Multicultural literature. Relating media and literature. Linking writing to understanding literature. Designing curriculum. Evaluating/assessing students. Growth in literary response.
CI 5442 - Literature for Adolescents
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Characteristics of literature written for adolescents; rationale for using adolescent literature; adolescents' reading interests and attitudes; analysis of quality and appeal; individualized reading programs; methods of promoting reading; multicultural literature; developing teaching activities.
CI 5451 - Teaching Reading in Middle and Secondary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods of accommodating to students' abilities and facilitating reading in regular content classes.
CI 5461 - Teaching Composition in the Secondary School
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Theories of composition instruction. Teaching composing within social contexts. Informal writing. Linking reading/writing. Describing/evaluating student writing. Using/modeling conference strategies. Computer-mediated software. Grammar and writing. Editing instruction. Writing assessment. Uses of portfolios.
CI 5462 - Evaluating and Assessing Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Identifying rhetorical/linguistic features, explaining difficulties in writing. Giving descriptive feedback. Training for peer conferences. Portfolio writing evaluation. Conducting large-scale writing assessments. Issues of validity/reliability with writing assessments.
CI 5472 - Teaching Critical Media Analysis in Schools
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
"Critical" media literacy means that we focus on, among other things, analyzing the intersection between media and issues of identity -- like gender, race, class and sexuality. We also focus on how to teach critical media analysis to students and others.
CI 5475 - Teaching Digital Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01497
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Blogs, wikis, online discussion. Database searches. Integration of images, audio, video, text. Digital note-taking, mapping, storytelling. Online discussions, collaborative writing. Audio production. Formatting/design techniques. Online evaluation. E-portfolios.
CI 5331 - Introduction to Learning Technologies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
An exciting look at the field of learning technologies (LT), examining the numerous opportunities this area of study brings to individuals who decide to pursue a LT degree. Students engage in numerous real-world projects as they come to understand both the past and future of technology in education, business, and society as a whole.
CI 5361 - Teaching and Learning with the Internet
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Implications/challenges in using Internet-based technologies in classroom. Pedagogical models.
CI 5619 - Teaching World Languages and Cultures in Elementary Settings
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
Methods/materials for elementary world language instruction; development of oral communication/literacy in world languages; world language program design; global awareness/cross-cultural experience; children's language; children's literature, games, and songs; planning/development of units and lessons.
CI 5641 - Language, Culture, and Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Applies current sociolinguistic and discourse theory/research to study of relationships between language and culture in educational settings: language curriculum and instruction; classroom language use; borders between school and home/community language use; and educational policies on literacy/second-language instruction. prereq: MEd or grad student
CI 5642 - Assessing English Learners
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Current practices concerning language and academic content assessment of English learners (ELs) at the school site, state, and national level; factors affecting academic learning needs of ELs/where assessment fits into that picture.
CI 5647 - Teaching Middle and Secondary Immigrant and Refugee Students With Limited Formal Schooling
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Academic/social/political factors that affect students? success in school. Strategies for teaching. Programmatic choices.
CI 5651 - Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical overview of second language teaching/learning in U.S. introduction to second language acquisition. Second language instructional concepts across elementary, secondary/university options for foreign language, bilingual education, immersion language programs, and English as a second language programs. Theoretical frameworks for language instruction are tied to practice.
CI 5656 - Teaching Literacy in Second Language Classrooms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Reading comprehension/composing processes in a second language; relationship between first and second literacy development; relationship between reading and writing; relationship of culture to reading comprehension and writing; politics of literacy; assessment of second language literacy; using technology to enhance literacy instruction.
CI 5657 - Teaching Speaking and Listening in Second Language Classrooms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Theories/methods in teaching language as communication in oral/aural modes; planning student interaction; classroom organization for oral language learning/acquisition; using technology to enhance interaction; assessment of listening comprehension and oral communication.
YOST 5952 - Everyday Lives of Youth
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Youth as idea/lived-reality in scholarship, public discourse, and professional practice. Building practice of work with or on behalf of youth.
YOST 5954 - Experiential Learning: Pedagogy for Community and Classroom
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Relationship between experience and learning in community and school settings. Emphasizes intentional application of experiential learning theory/practice to educational program development.
ENGL 5090 - Readings in Special Subjects
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
General background preparation for advanced study. Diverse selection of literatures written in English, usually bridging national cultures and time periods. Readings specified in Class Schedule.
EPSY 5112 - Knowing, Learning, and Thinking
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Principles of human information processing, memory, and thought; mental operations in comprehension and problem solving; developing expertise and automaticity; emphasis on applied settings.
EPSY 5113 - Psychology of Instruction and Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to adult learning and instructional design. Application of core foundational knowledge to development of effective learning environments for adults. Topics include philosophy, learning theories, instructional models, development and experience, individual differences, evaluation, assessment, and technology.
EPSY 5114 - Psychology of Student Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01814 - EPsy 3301/EPsy 5114
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is designed for students to engage in advanced study in the psychology of student learning, cognition, and development as it applies to educational psychology. Topics include: principles of learning, cognitive development, behaviorism, motivation, intelligence, reasoning, instruction, and assessment.
EPSY 5151 - Cooperative Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Participants learn how to use cooperative learning in their setting. Topics include theory and research, teacher's role, essential components that make cooperation work, teaching social skills, assessment procedures, and collegial teaching teams.
EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts, principles, and methods in educational/psychological measurement. Reliability, validity, item analysis, scores, score reports (e.g., grades). Modern measurement theories, including item response theory and generalizability theory. Emphasizes construction, interpretation, use, and evaluation of assessments regarding achievement, aptitude, interests, attitudes, personality, and exceptionality.
EPSY 5612 - Understanding of Academic Disabilities
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to issues related to the education of students with academic disabilities (learning disabilities, mild mental intellectual disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disabilities) including history, definition, assessment, classification, legislation, and intervention approaches.
EPSY 5613 - Foundations of Special Education I (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Organization of educational programs/services for people with disabilities. First course for students seeking to become licensed in special education.