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This 30-semester-credit specialization addresses the technology-oriented literacy landscape of the 21st century and provides teachers with the latest research and practical strategies to increase the achievement of all their students, including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners. Based on International Reading Association standards, this specialization provides the knowledge and skills teachers need to confidently manage their classroom literacy programs and to effectively address the complexities of teaching reading and writing in today’s classroom.
Each course is 8 weeks in length, and there are two consecutive courses per semester. The specialization is offered in a prescribed online sequence.
At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:
- Use foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum.
- Use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
- Use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
- Understand various types of assessments and their purposes and strengths and employ them appropriately in their practice.
- Select, develop, administer, and interpret assessments, both traditional print and electronic, for specific purposes.
- Use assessment information to plan and evaluate instruction.
- Communicate assessment results and implications to a variety of audiences.
- Recognize, understand, and value the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write.
- Use a literacy curriculum and engage in instructional practices that positively impact students’ knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity.
- Develop and implement strategies to advocate for equity.
Core Courses (15 sem. cr.)
Specialization Courses (15 sem. cr.)
Note on Licensure
For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.
Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.
The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).
Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.
Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.