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Master of Science in Instruction: Elementary Language Arts Education

College of Education


Program Description

The current Master of Science in Instruction: Language Arts program is designed to offer professional development to classroom teachers who are interested in updating and refining their teaching competencies in the area of Language Arts at the elementary level.*

*Please note that the current Master of Science in Instruction: Language Arts is under revision. The new program, Master of Science in Teaching and Inquiry: Elementary will have a pre-set course sequence that will be 5 terms in length requiring completion of 31 credit hours. Each term students take one required core course and one elective course from an extensive list of possible classes that lead to Bilingual/ ESL or Early Childhood endorsement. It is anticipated that this program will be initiated in Fall 2013.


Admission Requirements
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • A current, valid, state teaching certificate
  • Eighteen credit hours undergraduate coursework in English literature/composition, linguistics, and/or speech
  • Fifteen credit hours of undergraduate coursework in education with one, three credit hour course in the methods of teaching reading or English
  • Completed application with two letters of recommendation and official transcripts

Degree Requirements

36 credit hours

  1. Professional Core.................................................... 18 cr.
    EDFN 416 Cultural Pluralism and the Schools..............3 cr.
    ELED 414 Principles of Curriculum Development.........3 cr.
    ELED 430 Trends and Issues in Assessment................3 cr.
    lNMD 410 Media Technology for Educators.................3 cr.
    READ 402 Issues in Reading Instruction
    or
    READ 410 Teaching Reading in the Content Area..........3 cr.
    ELED 406 Research Skills for the
    Classroom Teacher..................................3 cr.
  2. Concentration in Language Arts............................ 18 cr.
    ELED 418 Theoretical Implications for the
    Elementary Classroom.............................3 cr.
    ELED 419 Current Issues in Elementary
    Language Arts Instruction........................3 cr.
    TESL 402 Principles of Linguistics for Teachers
    or
    TESL 414 Theories of Teaching English
    as a Second Language............................3 cr.
    READ 425 Literature-based Reading Programs
    for the Elementary Classroom..................3 cr.
    or
    ELED 435 Literature for Intermediate/
    Middle School Students...........................3 cr.
    READ 414 Reading and Writing Processes...................3 cr.
    ELED 417 Multicultural Literature and Drama in the
    Elementary Classroom.............................3 cr.
  3. Oral Examination (A final oral exam scheduled in the final term before graduation.)
  4. Two research papers (One is required in ELED 406.)

    INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA
    INMD 410-Media Technology for Educators, three credit hours. The media technology course will encompass all types of curricular/ learning materials in varied formats-CD-Rom. LaserDisc technology, telecommunications, formats, satellite learning, and on-line databases. Multimedia educational software will be integrated into computer instruction in multicultural/multiethnic learning presentations. Electronic data management, classroom applications, and integrated learning systems will be utilized in educational settings.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.