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Reading-Literacy Instruction Focus

Master of Arts in Education with a Focus in Reading-Literacy Instruction (30 credit hours) 

The teaching of literacy/reading is a central issue in today's school culture. As a teacher you are faced with increasingly complex demands that require a deep understanding of literacy and well-developed decision-making abilities.

The literacy instruction focus for your master's in elementary education will provide you with the deep understandings and practical skills needed to help children succeed in reading.

Courses You Will Take

  • EDRD 645 History of Reading (3 credit hours)
  • EDRD 620 Disciplinary and Integrated Literacy in Elementary Classrooms (3 credit hours)
    • OR EDRD 615 Early Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 680 Advanced Teaching Methods in Language Arts (3 credit hours)
  • EDRD 610 The Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School (3 credit hours)
  • EDRD 545 Integrating Technology in the Literacy Program (3 credit hours)
  • EDRD 627 Teaching Literacy to Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)
  • EDRD 650 Organization and Support of a School Reading Program (3 credit hours)
    • OR EDRD 640 Current Trends and Issues in Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • EDRD 680 Classroom Reading Diagnosis (3 credit hours), prerequisite EDRD 610 or 620
  • EDRD 630 (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 676 Research in Elementary Education (3 credit hours)

Certificate Options
Graduates of this master’s program will also have a “certificate in literacy instruction” listed on their transcript. Make sure to check with advisor Linda Martin about how to do this.

Or, you can take only the focus area courses for a graduate certificate in literacy instruction.

Online and Distance Education
David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
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