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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education: Literacy Concentration, M.A.

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The Master of Arts degree in Education, with an emphasis in Literacy, is designed to prepare teachers to focus on literacy development, instruction, and assessment of students with diverse learning and literacy needs.

Education Academic Policy for Master’s Programs

Students must complete a minimum of 33 hours of coursework in one of the concentrations to receive a Master of Arts degree in Education. A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit is allowed. To maintain enrollment, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all graduate coursework with no grade below a “C.” Only one grade of “C” is accepted toward the 33-hour program. Only one course may be repeated one time in the entire program. Students who are unable to maintain these academic standards will be dismissed from the program.


The educational outcomes are designed to prepare practicing professionals with the skills necessary to demonstrate professional practice, integrate educational theory with practice, and to assume leadership roles through knowledge of current educational research and practice. Graduate education outcomes assess skills in receptive and expressive communication, thinking strategies and skills, professional dispositions, and depth and breadth of knowledge. All course requirements are tied to the Avila Learning Outcomes, School of Education Conceptual Framework, Missouri Standards for Practicing Teachers, and InTASC Core Teaching Standards.

Students who complete the Literacy masters program will meet the following outcomes:

  • Understand the characteristics and needs of literacy learners at various stages of development.
  • Analyze and critique past practices and current trends in literacy learning, teaching, and evaluation.
  • Know and access the wide array of texts types available for use with literacy learners.
  • Consider a range of theories, approaches, methods, and techniques for learning and teaching literacy.
  • Utilize appropriate evaluation tools and remedial procedures.
  • Design and implement individualized instructional programs for struggling readers and writers based on assessment results.
  • Apply literacy teaching skills in supervised settings.
  • Discuss literacy concerns with students, parents, and other school professionals.
  • Understand the evolving nature of literacy learning and teaching and have strategies for dealing effectively with the change.


Outcomes for the Master of Arts degree in Education are assessed through key assessments and action research projects or field performance evaluations as indicated on course syllabi.

Alignment matrices showing the assessment of outcomes in each graduate concentration are located in the School of Education Office. Concentrations require capstone courses in which the outcomes are assessed in clinical settings.


The Master of Arts degree in Education is a 33 credit-hour program with areas of concentration in International Advocacy and Leadership, Literacy, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching and Learning.

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