MEd in Literacy and the Teaching of Writing, Content Area Literacy

The Content Area Literacy concentration is aimed at middle and high school content area teachers, and elementary level teachers who seek an expanded understanding of the ways in which reading, writing, thinking and communicating can be used across the curriculum.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when Reading and Writing (RL) and English (EN) courses will be offered.

Curriculum Requirements

  • Master’s Core Component – 9 credits
  • 3
    Recognizing that social behavior occurs within an intercultural context, that include ethical components, students will develop the basic knowledge and foundations necessary to understand and influence social behavior in a diverse society. Texts, readings, and learning modules have been chosen and/or designed to facilitate the student?s ability to understand the nature of social behavior cross culturally.
  • 3
    Research in Reading and Writing is an investigation into the significant research theory and principles on the development of reading and writing, the teaching of reading and writing, the assessment of reading and writing, and the implications of this knowledge that enrich our understandings and refine our practices. From historical perspectives to current trends and issues, we will explore the transformation of the reading and writing landscape. In doing so, we will discover what research in reading and writing is; how it is used; the value of reading and writing research; how it is applied to improve practice, understanding, and reflective thought; and its role in determining best institutional practices.
  • 3
    This course is designed to provide a background in qualitative classroom-based research. Students design a research project in which they find and frame a research question that they will investigate through interview, observations, participant observations and/or analysis of artifacts. They will write up and present the results of this limited study.
  • Reading and Writing Component (choose 9 credits) – 21 credits
  • 3
    To provide literacy instructors with practical suggestions, approaches, and tools to engage all K-12 students, including adolescents themselves, in focusing on improving student reading, writing, thinking, and listening. A three tiered model will examine the areas of student motivation, integrating literacy and learning, and sustaining literacy development. The final product will be the formation of a differentiated instructional plan in the content area demonstrating the use of strategies presented in the course. Participants will be using their own existing school curricula or be planning to use the strategies with future students. A district wide presentation can be developed from the culmination of all student's artifacts.
  • 3
    In this course for teachers of all disciplines at all levels, we will examine a variety of techniques for integrating writing into all classes. Teachers will adapt the practices demonstrated to their subject area and grade level and gather student writing samples. We will analyze student writing samples, and discuss implications for teaching K-12. At the same time we will respond to students' writing, write about our teaching, and explore the implications for our practice.
  • 3
    The aim of this course is to provide all participants with a background in the theory and practice of writing in the content areas. Through their own writing and through inquiry related to their individual professional goals, educators will relate theory and practice in terms of using writing for learning, and more process-based writing in their disciplines. They will become familiar with the basics of what research has demonstrated about writing across the curriculum, assessment, how writing intersects with content material.
  • 3
    This course will explore how to use writing to examine the history, culture and ecology of the place in which we live. Participants will develop educational units appropriate to their teaching situations, explore the use of artifacts in their lives and in our history and culture, and examine how these reflect relationships of power.
  • 12
    Content Area Literacy electives (selected with advisor)
  • Capstone Experience – 3 credits
  • 3
    A research project that requires students to demonstrate the ability to synthesize salient elements from the core, professional and specialty areas. In essence, the student's research should be the natural result of the focus and direction of planned study. The project should emanate from the area of specialization and incorporate relevant concepts learned through coursework and experience. Using sound research practices, a student should illustrate ability to interpret, reflect, summarize and conclude. The written product of this effort will be defended in a seminar before faculty and the student's peers. Students should contact the advisor to plan for this project. Topic approval is needed from the advisor and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies. Offered according to demand.
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  • 3
    The purpose of the graduate capstone is to apply knowledge learned in previous coursework through an approved project. Capstone projects should focus on the following questions: How will the theories learned throughout the program be integrated into a coherent project or experience? How will this work enhance individual career goals? Who are the stakeholders and how will this work assist them? How does this work serve the professional community? How will this work help move the profession forward? Process: Students should plan for approximately 40 hours of work per credit to be earned. The total number of credits earned must be approved by their advisor and noted on their program contract. Candidates must submit Graduate Capstone Project forms with their registration and Capstone Projects must be approved by candidates' advisors and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies. Once completed, candidates are expected to present their final products to their adviser and/or PSU faculty members. Students who anticipate working on their project for more than one term should register for the appropriate number of credits in each term so that they remain registered throughout the course of the project. Repeatable up to 12 credits.
  • Total for MEd in Literacy and the Teaching of Writing, Content Area Literacy Concentration – 33 credits

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