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Master of Arts in Literacy

The Roger Williams University Master of Arts in Literacy Education is a 31-credit program, leading to certification as a PK-Grade 12 Reading Specialist/Consultant in Rhode Island and in member states of the Interstate Certification Compact (ICC).

The program is part-time, and graduate students take at least one course each fall, spring, and summer semesters and travel in cohort groups. A new cohort group begins each fall with students matriculating in EDU 610: Introduction to Literacy Research. All learning experiences are guided by the National Standards for Reading Professionals as set forth by the International Reading Association.

The program includes nine courses, clustered into three Curriculum Levels, and arranged in a developmental sequence: Level I, Explorations; Level II, Investigations; and Level III, Professionalism. In Level I, Explorations, candidates develop a knowledge base and participate in field experiences in two introductory courses. In Level II, Investigations, candidates develop expertise in instructional and assessment skills that are critical to their roles as literacy professionals. In Level III, Professionalism, candidates build on the broad based knowledge they developed in the first two phases and prepare to assume and carry out leadership roles as literacy professionals.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Literacy Education

(All courses are THREE CREDITS unless otherwise indicated)

Curriculum Level 1: Explorations

EDU 610 Introduction to Literacy Research  
EDU 616 Research-Based Literacy Practices I: Writing Across the Curriculum, K-12  

Curriculum Level 2: Investigations

EDU 618 Literature for Children and Young Adults  
EDU 620 Research-Based Literacy Practices II: Reading Across the Curriculum, K-12  
EDU 622 Research Based Literacy Practices III Preparing Strategic Readers, K-12  
EDU 634 Assessment of Reading and Writing Difficulties  
EDU 638 Clinical Experience in Literacy Education (6 credits)

Curriculum Level 3: Professionalism

EDU 650 Leadership for Literacy Professionals  
EDU 654 Advanced Literacy Research Seminar (4 credits)