With the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, literacy achievement has become a high stakes component of school accountability. Since schools are required to show adequate yearly progress in several disciplines, literacy strategies have become an important component of instruction in all grade levels, PK-12. Furman’s advanced program in literacy—designed for practitioners who hold an initial or professional license at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or PK-12 level—will help teachers improve their classroom practices and will prepare teachers who wish to work as literacy coaches or specialists. The Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Literacy is a 36-credit program of study. It consists of a 12 credit core of courses required of all degree candidates and 24 credits of required courses within the Literacy concentration. Candidates who wish to be recommended to the State Department of Education for add-on licensure as “Literacy Teacher” must complete the degree requirements and obtain a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II area sub-test.

Degree Requirements

Core (9 credits of required study)

  • EDFD 604: Statistics and Measurement in Education (3)
  • EDFD 606: Research in Education (3)
  • EDFD 608: The Culture of Schooling in America (3)

Concentration (21 credits of required study)

  • EDRD 640: Foundations and Current Trends in Literacy Research and Practice (3)
  • EDRD 641: Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
  • EDRD 729: Literacy Methods and Instructional Strategies (3)
  • EDRD 747: Critical Survey of Children’s Literature (3) OR EDRD 748: Critical Survey of Literature for Young Adults (3)
  • EDRD 749: Assessment and Instruction in Reading and Writing (3)
  • EDRD 965: Practicum I: Assessment of Reading and Writing (3)
  • EDRD 966: Practicum II: Advanced Assessment of Reading and Writing (3)

Related Credits (3 credits required)

  • EDRD 750: Scholarly Reading and Writing (3)
  • EDOL 641: Teaching Reading and Writing to PK-12 English Language Learners (3)
  • EDOL 720: Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Education (3)

Exit Requirement (3 credits)

  • EDFD 879: Master’s Seminar in Education (3)

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