Literacy with Reading Specialist and ESL Emphases

M.Ed.

Expand your passion for teaching reading and writing skills to new and diverse learner communities through our Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy with Reading Specialist and ESL Emphases online degree program.

Many states and districts across the nation are requiring schools to have ESL-trained teachers. Our ESL emphasis program (paired with our Reading Specialist emphasis) will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to teach English literacy to a range of students from varied backgrounds.

Our in-depth M.Ed. curriculum gives you the resources to adapt your elementary or secondary lesson plans based on what you learn in your coursework, while also understanding and integrating cultural issues as part of your own instructional practice.

You will also be supported by our cohort-based approach: gain from the knowledge, experience and practical advice of a network of other educational professionals that share your interests.

$5,000 Back to School Scholarships available to students who start an online program by October 24, 2016.

Literacy with Reading Specialist and ESL Emphases Program Goals

Establish an understanding of the English language as a system (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse) that has language variation and cross-linguistic differences

Exhibit an understanding of language variation, cross-linguistic differences and first language transfer

Demonstrate understanding of the processes of first and second language development and of development of bilingualism and bi-literacy, as well as an ability to apply current theories and research to support student learning

Establish an ability to apply research-based practices and strategies to plan, implement, and manage standards-based ESL and content instruction

Expand ability to apply ethical principles to teaching EFL and ESL

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The next start date for Literacy with Reading Specialist and ESL Emphases is Monday, Oct 24.

Literacy with Reading Specialist and ESL Emphases Courses

Literacy with Reading Specialist and ESL Emphases

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    EDUC 566 Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools
    3
    A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of intermediate, junior, and senior high students (grades 4 through 12), emphasizing reading in the content areas, comprehension levels, reading-study skills, oral interpretation of literature, recreational reading, and current issues in teaching the older student to become more proficient in reading.
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    EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
    3
    This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
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    EDUC 594 Research Evaluation and Design
    3
    This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
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    PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
    3
    A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
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    EDUC 519 Word Study: Decoding, Comprehension & Fluency
    3
    This course will examine recent research-based instructional practices regarding phonics, vocabulary, spelling and fluency. Special emphases include: phonemic awareness, print awareness, alphabetic knowledge, alphabetic principle, decoding, reading practice with decodable text, irregular and high frequency words, fluency, development spelling and comprehension. The graduate student will research current theory, instructional practice and assessment related to each of the word study components within specific literacy developmental stages.
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    EDUC 565 The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development
    3
    A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of younger children (ages three through grade 3), emphasizing the characteristics of young children, oral language development, developing reading interests, the integration of all language arts in the beginning reading program, and current issues in teaching the young child to read.
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    EDUC 622 Teaching Writing in Grades PK-12
    3
    A close examination of the writing of children and youth, and the techniques for teaching writing. Special emphasis on the relationship of writing to literature, reading, language, and the other language arts.
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    EDUC 635 Survey of Contemporary Literature from PK-12
    3
    A survey of contemporary literature for readers from pre-kindergarten level through grade 12. Students will become familiar with contemporary youth poetry and fiction, explore societal issues in literature, develop skills of literary analysis, and connect the use of literature to research in literary study and literacy learning.
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    EDUC 520 Literacy Assessment and Intervention
    3
    This course emphasizes the assessment and intervention process involving "striving" readers from diverse ability, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Special emphases include: identification of literacy difficulties, formal and informal assessment tools, evaluation, data analysis and appropriate intervention.
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    EDUC 630 Preliminary Design and Processes for a Case Study
    3
    This course emphasizes reading, discussing, and planning strategies to be implemented in a subsequent case study course. Set-up for the case study will include: criteria for how to select a student; actually selecting a student; how to gain parental consent; how to create a baseline for further interaction. Additional emphasis will be given in this course to diagnostic evaluation and the organization of the learning environment which will permit personalized literacy instruction for struggling readers. Time will be dedicated to the set-up of the final portfolio.
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    EDUC 631 Creating a Case Study in Literacy
    3
    This course will incorporate strategies that are geared to a specific K-12 student and are diagnostic (journal/log, plan/evaluate, re-plan/re-evaluate) in nature. Experiences will be coordinated in which the graduate student, under direct supervision, assesses reading abilities and develops individual educational programs and materials in reading for students with special needs: students experiencing literacy difficulties, gifted students, those with cultural differences and/or varied linguistic backgrounds. The baseline information on the K-12 student (e.g. reading inventory, reading level, and miscue analysis) will be used for the development of a plan of action and subsequent engagement for remediation. The case study will be the last project for the final portfolio.
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    SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World
    3
    This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
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    EDUC 524 ESL/ELL Instruction
    3
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of second language teaching and learning.
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    EDUC 525 ESL/ELL Curriculum and Assessment
    3
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to second language curriculum selection, evaluation, and development as well as assessment and evaluation of second language learners.
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    EDUC 623 Linguistics for Educators
    3
    This course provides a rigorous overview of the elements of English linguistic study and its application to English language learning and teaching. The course examines grammars and theories of English, language diversity and change, language acquisition, and philosophy and application of language study and teaching.
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    EDUC 526 Language and Culture
    3
    Language and culture are two multidimensional and constantly changing phenomena that are integrally connected to everything that happens in the world. As any language is culturally conditioned, any culture is linguistically defined. Therefore, the main goal of this course is to examine the relationship between language and culture, as well as their effect on community, identity, beliefs, and values. This course guides the student in directly applying an understanding of language and culture to classroom practice and curriculum development.
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    EDUC 527 ESL/TESOL Capstone
    3
    This course is designed as a culminating experience for the ESL/TESOL graduate programs. Students are asked to reflect on key areas of learning and application that they have encountered throughout the ESL/TESOL graduate curriculum. The students will also critique and analyze various aspects of their fieldwork experience. All required documentation related to coursework and fieldwork experiences will be collected and reviewed.
  • Total Credits 51
  • Total Courses 17
  • Course Length 8 weeks
  • Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Literacy Education with Reading Specialist and ESL Emphases is a 51 credit-hour online degree program. This comprehensive program allows you to earn your M.Ed. degree with two emphases* in a concisely integrated curriculum. This degree program includes a three credit-hour ESL practicum (EDUC 527) and includes a three credit-hour field-based case study (EDUC 631) with specific, documented student interaction.

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$410 credit hour
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