Literacy Studies, Master of Arts Degree
Literacy is essential to learning, multidimensional in nature, and influenced by linguistic, psychological, and sociocultural factors. We prepare and support teachers and researchers to better understand pressing literacy issues and to meet the literacy needs of every student.
In this program you have the opportunity to develop knowledge in the areas of teaching reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary development. As a graduate, you be eligible to earn the Nevada Reading Specialist Endorsement. There are both on-campus and online versions for this degree program.
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of literacy development, instructional methods, assessment, and literacy in a digital environment. They will be familiar with the professional literature related foundations and research in literacy studies. Teacher leadership is stressed with graduates able to interpret and evaluate research findings and apply them to literacy instruction.
- Completion of the program application
- GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Statement of professional goals
- 1-2 page resume
- Two professional letters of recommendation
- Qualified in the professional judgment of the program faculty
The specific curriculum requirements are adapted to the professional needs of the student. Students should not enroll in any graduate-level course without first securing the approval of the program that such a course is acceptable toward a selected major or minor.
The MEd and MA Degrees in Literacy Studies require students to develop a program of study in conjunction with their advisor and committee that includes a minimum of 39 graduate credits, at least 15 of which must be at the 700-level.
Completion Requirements for the Master's Degree include:
- Filing a program of study, approved by the Graduate School
- Maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all graduate work
- Successful completion of a culminating comprehensive examination or project (MEd) or a thesis (MA)
A minimum of 39 credits are required. All degree candidates are required to complete one or more research courses. In addition, all MEd students are required to take 1 to 3 credits of comprehensive examination which may or may not be above the 39 credits of approved courses. MA students complete a six-credit thesis. A maximum of six graduate credits of S/U grades may be applied toward a master's degree.
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