Elementary Education

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Language & Literacy Option

Start dates: Fall and Spring semester

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Connie White

Emphasis is placed on transition from traditional teaching and assessment to literature-based, whole lan gauge instruction and assessment. Teaching students to be strategic readers, writers and evaluators of their own literacy progress is emphasized. Through the Literacy Center on campus, two practicums assess children experiencing difficulties developing literacy skills and plan instructional programs of work that address their identified needs. Cross curricular connections are made through the integration of the language arts and other areas such as social studies, science and mathematics.

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Sequences of Coursework

Program Prerequisites
Admission to the University
Preliminary teaching credential
ENGL 405 Language Differences and Language Change
For Classified Status 
 Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or a University-approved aptitude test for graduate study (GRE or MAT)
 Successful completion of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination
Note: A co-requisite for the M.A. in Elementary Education Degree is a clear teaching credential.
Degree Requirements  
*First course in all program options
Elementary Education Department core courses (9 units)
EED 610 Research In Education
*EED 601 Curriculum, Instruction and the Reflective Teacher
EED 602 Applying Technology to Curricular Goals
Required Courses  
EED 621 Language, Literacy and Culture across the Curriculum
EED 625A Literacy Assessment and Teaching Strategies
EED 625AL Laboratory in Literacy Assessment and Teaching Strategies
EED 625B Literacy Assessment and Teaching Strategies
EED 625BL Laboratory in Literacy Assessment and Teaching Strategies
EED 626 Literacy Instruction for English Learners
EED 633 Seminar in Elementary School Language Arts Education
Culminating Experience
EED 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies OR
EED 698 Thesis or Graduate Project