M.S.Ed. in Language and Literacy

Part of the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

The M.S.Ed. in Language and Literacy offers grounding in language and literacy education for diverse student populations. Students engage in a rigorous, interdisciplinary course of study that synthesizes and integrates the theoretical and practical issues facing teachers, learners, and administrators in multicultural/multilingual academic settings.


Fast Facts


  • Transfer Courses Accepted: None
  • Entry terms: Fall
  • Course Requirements: 13 courses (12 Required Courses; 1 Elective Courses)
  • Typical Course Load: (Full-time students): Fall: 4 courses; Spring: 4 courses; Fall: 4 courses; Spring: 1 course
  • Comprehensive Examination: EDUC 563 TESOL Seminar / Academic Portfolio
  • Only US citizens are eligible to apply for Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certification after the completion of coursework.

 

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Overview


Students engage in a rigorous, interdisciplinary course of study that synthesizes and integrates the theoretical and practical issues facing teachers, learners, and administrators in multicultural/multilingual academic settings. This degree program, like the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Reading/Writing/Literacy programs, emphasizes a commitment to professional development through service, teaching, and practitioner inquiry. Through core courses, fieldwork, and the development of a scholarly portfolio, students have many opportunities to teach, tutor, and participate in other service in the Philadelphia community and to develop research projects that relate to their particular interests.

This intensive program of study offers students grounding in language and literacy education for diverse student populations. The coursework for this degree simultaneously fulfills all requirements for the Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certification and the ESL component of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ESL Specialist Certificate for students who have initial certification in elementary or secondary education.

Program of Study

Core Courses

Please click here to download the Language & Literacy M.S.Ed. Program of Study.

Core Courses

  • EDUC 533 Forming and Reforming the Elementary RWL Curriculum
  • EDUC 629 Teaching English/Language and Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools


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Adolescent Literacy

  • EDUC 535 Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • EDUC 635 Assessing Language and Learning Differences
  • EDUC 735 Tutorial Work in Reading/Writing/Literacy
  • EDUC 525 Fieldwork for Reading Specialist
  • EDUC 527 Approaches to Teaching English and Other Modern Languages
  • EDUC 537 Educational Linguistics
  • EDUC 661 Language Diversity and Education
  • EDUC 670 Second Language Acquisition
  • EDUC 528 TESOL Fieldwork Practice Teaching
  • EDUC 563 TESOL Seminar
  • One Distribution Course (outside of your division but within GSE)

Faculty

Standing Faculty

Gerald Campano, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Vivian Gadsden, Ed.D.

University of Michigan

Amy Stornaiuolo, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Ebony E. Thomas, Ph.D.

University of Michigan

Nancy H. Hornberger, Ph.D ELX Division Chair

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yuko Butler, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Nelson Flores, Ph.D.

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Affiliated Faculty

Myrna Cohen, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Heidi Gross, Ed.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Junko Hondo, Ph.D.

Lancaster University

Rhoda Kanevsky (Fieldwork), M.A.

Lesley University

Susan Lea, Ed.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Robert Moore, Ph.D.

University of Chicago

Diana Paninos, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Diane Waff, Ed.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Santoi Wagner, Ed.D.

Teachers College, Columbia University

Betsy Wice (Fieldwork)

Harvard University



Contact

Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Penny M. Creedon
Program Manager
(215) 898-3245
pennyc@gse.upenn.edu

Lorraine Hightower
Admissions Assistant
(215) 898-8435
lorrains@gse.upenn.edu