2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (March 2015) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (March 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adolescent Literacy and Learning - MS in Education

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Given the importance of literacy for future success in school and in life, education professionals need the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to help adolescent learners meet the literacy challenges in grades 6 through 12. This specialization prepares educators to effectively foster content area literacy and learning, promote disciplinary literacy, support new literacies and the use of digital technologies, and maximize the potential of all students to be ready for college and career. Coursework focuses on the application of research-based instructional and assessment practices to help all adolescent learners achieve the literacy goals of the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. Education professionals explore the nature of literacy and learning for adolescents and apply evidence-based practices to promote adolescent students’ reading, writing, listening, speaking, and learning.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, education professionals will be able to:

  1. Apply instructional practices to support adolescent reading, writing, listening, and speaking as outlined in Common Core State standards and other state standards.
  2. Analyze the nature of literacy and literacy learning in the lives of adolescents.
  3. Evaluate the need for disciplinary literacy in the content areas.
  4. Implement research-based practices for teaching and assessing literacy (Grades 6–12).
  5. Explain research and policy that inform literacy and learning in secondary education.
  6. Apply literacy practices that prepare diverse populations of students for college and career.
  7. Evaluate the importance of literacy for lifelong learning.
  8. Apply professional learning as a scholar-practitioner to effect positive social change in literacy and learning.
  9. Evaluate the use of media and digital technologies for literacy and learning.

Specialization Curriculum (30 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.