Literacy Education, Master of Arts in Education (044)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/ste/
Nancy F. Hulan, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 745-4324
The Master of Arts in Education - Literacy Education is tailored to improve literacy instruction at all grade levels and is open to teachers in regular classrooms, special education classrooms, special reading classes, basic adult education classes, and community college reading instructors. Thesis and non-thesis options are available to students. Students in the non-thesis option complete a comprehensive literacy project.
- Reading P-12 (KRE)
Admission to the Literacy Education program requires:
- GRE scores (converted with undergraduate GPA to a GAP score) or Alternate Portfolio:
- Scores August 2011 and after: minimum GAP score of 578 or higher [GAP = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) + (Undergraduate GPA x 100)], with a minimum verbal and quantitative score of 139 each. Applicants must also achieve an Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher. While this is not a requirement for the WKU Graduate School entry, it is used in the application process of this program.
- Applicants with a GAP score lower than required for admission and with at least a 3.5 Analytical Writing score may contact a member of the literacy faculty for information on documentation required under the alternate admissions policy of the program area.
- Applicants with teaching degrees from an accredited university and a 3.5 undergraduate GPA or higher have the option to submit an alternate portfolio in lieu of GRE scores. Alternate Portfolios must include the following and will be submitted to Literacy Program representative and reviewed by Literacy graduate faculty:
- An introductory letter explaining your interest in and intention to pursue the MAE in Literacy Education (if there are questionable areas in your transcript or work samples, explain them here)
- At least two letters of recommendation from professors, cooperating teachers with whom you have worked, or others who can accurately share information about your teaching, course work, or character
- Two or three work samples demonstrating your experience in education, which can include any of the following:
- Submit a current teaching certificate or Statement of Eligibility valid for classroom teaching for IECE, Birth to Primary; Elementary Education, P-5; Middle Grades Education, 5-9; Secondary Education, 8- 12, 5-12, or P-12; or Special Education, P-12 when applying to the MAE: Literacy Education program.
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (30 hours)
|Professional Education Component|
|LTCY 519||Foundations of Literacy Instruction||3|
|LTCY 520||Clinical Diagnosis of Reading Variability||3|
|LTCY 521||Reading Intervention||3|
|LTCY 524||Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy||3|
|LTCY 527||Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences||3|
|LTCY 528||Literacy Research Methods and Evaluation||3|
|Specialization Component, Select one of the following:||3|
|Diagnostic Reading Procedures for Classroom Teachers|
|Seminar in Literacy Issues and Trends|
|Special Topics in English|
|Practicum for Literacy Professionals|
|Socio-Cognitive Theories of Comprehension|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Advanced Educational Psychology|
|Psychology of Learning|
|Psychological Perspectives on Classroom Behavior|
|Behavior Problems of Childhood and Adolescence|
|Organization of Elementary School Curriculum|
|Middle Grades Curriculum|
|The Exceptional Child: Perspectives and Issues|
|Advanced Children's Literature|
|Thematic Approach to Young Adult Literature|
|Curriculum/Methods in Early Childhood Special Education|
|Psychology of the Gifted and Creative|
|Curriculum, Strategies, and Materials for Gifted Students|
|Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics|
|Select one of the following options:||6|
|Thesis Research and Writing|
|Investigations in Reading|
and Seminar in Literacy Issues and Trends
Hours above 30 may count toward Rank I. To be recommended for the Reading P-12 Endorsement, one must submit a qualifying score on the PRAXIS II exam for Reading P-12. For current PRAXIS II information and exam codes, please consult the Kentucky page of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website, www.ets.org/praxis/ky/requirements.