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Literacy Studies, Master of Education Degree


Overview


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'll be eligible to earn the Nevada Reading Specialist Endorsement. This degree program is fully online, with an innovative, virtual reading clinic designed to support the practicum experiences in the 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.

For more information, please see the Program Manual or contact Dr. Dianna Townsend, associate professor of literacy studies, at dtownsend@unr.edu. You can also use the contact form to get in touch with faculty and sign up for the mailing list.

Admission Requirements


Our program operates on rolling admissions for fall and spring semesters. Admissions requirements include the following:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher, or 3.0 or higher for last half of degree
  • Valid elementary or secondary teaching license
  • TOEFL score for international students
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Brief resume of your educational experiences
  • Statement of goals for your master's program
  • Application form and signed dispositions form

Program Requirements


Coursework is fully online and utilizes an innovative, virtual reading clinic to accentuate the practicum experience. Students are required to develop a program of study in conjunction with their advisor and committee that includes a minimum of 32 graduate credits, at least 15 of which must be at the 700-level. Students are given two track options:

  • 18 credits of core graduate coursework, 12 credits of electives in multiple literacies, and a comprehensive (32 total credits), OR
  • 18 credits of core graduate coursework, 9 credits of electives in multiple literacies, and a thesis (33 total credits).

Completion Requirements for the Master's Degree include:

  1. Filing a program of study, approved by the Graduate School
  2. Maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all graduate work
  3. Successful completion of a culminating comprehensive examination or project or a thesis 

Our M.Ed. will help you receive your Nevada Reading Specialist Endorsement. According to the Nevada State Department of Education, you must have the following to apply for an endorsement:

  1. A master's degree
  2. Three years of verified teaching experience in state-approved schools
  3. A valid elementary or secondary teaching license
  4. A minimum of 16 graduate hours in courses in reading, including each of the following areas:
  • Foundations of reading (EDRL 600)
  • Etiology and diagnosis of reading problems (EDRL 700)
  • Clinical practice in remediating reading problems (EDRL 701)
  • Research in reading (EDUC 771H or EDUC 770)



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Contact College of Education

Phone (775) 784-4345 (Main)
(775) 784-4298 (Advising Center)
Fax (775) 784-6298
Email coe@unr.edu
Location William J Raggio Building
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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