Master of Science in Literacy and Applied Linguistics
The MS in Literacy and Applied Linguistics consists of 36 credits. The courses are designed to prepare students to teach reading and diagnose and remediate children’s reading problems K-12. Current research and theory of literacy and how children learn to read is translated into meaningful classroom application and practice while utilizing current research and materials. Knowledge and understanding of the principles of reading are directly applied while working with children in a clinical setting. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching and receive immediate feedback from the instructor so that subsequent teaching can incorporate and apply new insights, techniques, and strategies for improvement.
Program Student Learning Outcomes: The MS in Literacy and Applied Linguistics program is designed to develop competent reading professionals who understand how literacy theory and research guide decisions to choose diagnostic assessments and strategies decisions in order to design appropriate instruction for all students. Learning outcomes are aligned with the 2010 International Reading Association Standards for Reading Professionals and the Florida State Competencies for Reading K-12. They include the following:
- Candidates understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
- Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
- Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
- Candidates create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.
- Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
- Candidates recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility