Prepare for teaching middle school English and reading in one streamlined program.
Combine your passion for teaching middle school children with your passion for reading and meeting the literacy needs of students at all grade levels in this dual licensure M.Ed. program. Earn a Middle School English license and then move to your Specialist Teacher of Reading license, while gaining an understanding of middle schools, adolescent development and learning, and teaching and assessment for inclusive classrooms. You will learn to choose, administer, and analyze results from a range of assessment tools, and use data to guide planning for effective instruction by the specialist as well as the classroom teacher. In addition, you will develop ways to foster the use of both traditional and digital text to enhance literacy across the curriculum, and to effectively consult and collaborate with classroom teachers, other specialists, and administrators.
Students will investigate the historical, contemporary, cultural, physical, and psychological aspects of this important stage of human development. While learning about the characteristics of adolescents, learners will reflect on their own experiences and come to know themselves more fully. A goal of this course is to apply theory to authentic experience so that pre- and in-service teachers develop an appreciation and understanding of how the institutions of society, and specifically schools, can best serve this age group.
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