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  • Early Education and Child Welfare Services: Working Together (June 2017)


    Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM


    Country Inn & Suites East by Carlson 3251 Deposit Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546


    For children in the child welfare system, a disproportionate number of them have little to no exposure to early education services. This training will work with participants to identify the struggles and successes of combining the child welfare system with early education. Additionally, this training will provide tangible and real-world solutions to creating an improved team environment for all involved in a child’s case.
    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Master of Arts in Literacy and Language Instruction Degree Program


    MSU's College of Education offers a Master of Arts Degree in Literacy and Language Instruction for competent and dedicated teachers in K-12 classrooms who recognize the significance of language and who desire to learn more about the processes that help students achieve high levels of competence in language and literature. Those interested in the social, psychological, and cultural foundations of literacy and the role of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in teaching and learning can also benefit from the curriculum. This program provides a balance of theory, research, and practice designed to develop literacy leaders at the school and district levels and for government, business, and private settings where literacy is a concern.


    The program consists of 33 credits, which are approved by the student's academic adviser after admission to the program. The requirements for the program must be completed within five years, and are distributed among four areas of study: The Proseminar Strand, Educational Foundations of Literacy, Methodological Foundations of Literacy, and an Area of Specialization and/or an Elective course. Selected courses in this program are also offered online and in Grand Rapids, Birmingham, and Traverse City, Michigan (see Schedule of Courses for this information). The courses are distributed as follows:

    Proseminar Strand (6 credits)

    Proseminar I: Historical Bases for Literacy Instruction
    TE 840, 3 credits

    Proseminar II: Literacy Leadership
    TE 873, 3 credits

    2. Educational Foundations in Literacy (3 credits)

    Students must take one 3-credit course from within the College of Education, focusing on history, philosophy, learning, development, social and cultural foundations, or curriculum development.

    3. Methodological Foundations of Literacy (15 credits)

    Advanced Methods of Elementary School Reading
    TE 842, 3 credits

    Reading, Writing, and Reasoning in Secondary School Subjects
    TE 843, 3 credits

    Classroom Literacy Assessment
    TE 844, 3 credits

    Advanced Methods for Teaching Language Arts
    TE 847, 3 credits

    Methods and Materials for Teaching Children's and Adolescent Literature
    TE 849, 3 credits

    4. Area of Specialization (6-9 credits)

    These courses should reflect a reasonable specialization on some area of literacy. The courses can come from within or outside the College. Students should work with their adviser to put together an area of specialization that makes sense, given their career goals.

    5. Elective Course (3 credits)

    Please refer to the Schedule of Courses to locate the correct course section, as well as the current course offerings. Off-campus courses are designated as sections 701-729; online courses are designated as sections 730-739; overseas courses are designated as sections 750-799.

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