MA Language and Literacy
The M.A. in Language and Literacy degree program, originally founded in 1956, was one of Stritch’s and the nation’s first graduate degrees to respond to the need for well-prepared teachers and specialists in reading.
The program is designed for teachers who want to extend their professional knowledge base about literacy, refine their teaching skills, and become master literacy educators.
In addition to a master’s degree, the M.A. in Language and Literacy program provides qualified educators with the coursework necessary to obtain the Reading Teacher certification (#316, K-12) and Reading Specialist licensure (#17, K-12) licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
The coursework for the Reading Teacher certification is intended to prepare teachers to provide focused and intensive instruction for small groups of children, especially those who struggle with literacy development in grades K-12. Teachers can immediately apply the knowledge and skills gained from their coursework to their present classroom situations.
Students engage in one practicum that focuses on individual and/or small group instruction. In order to complete the master’s program, students will be required to take additional courses for the Reading Specialist license, which will prepare individuals who can provide professional support regarding literacy instruction for the faculty of an entire building or district.
All students will be able to utilize their own classroom settings to develop and implement strategies introduced in courses. Students will examine research relevant to reading and participate in a culminating field experience.
Standards from the International Reading Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Mission Statement of Stritch and the College of Education and Leadership guide the curriculum and instruction for the department.