Graduate of Education in Literacy Catalog - General Information - Statement of Purpose | Judson University Christian College

Statement of Purpose

The Master of Education in Literacy Program at Judson University provides certified teachers with the opportunity to examine as well as enhance their knowledge base and instructional repertoire with regard to effective literacy practices that are research-based and grounded in time-tested, best-practice methodology. This graduate program is designed for the practicing classroom teacher who, rather than seeking additional certification, is motivated to become a more accomplished teacher of reading and writing—a reflective practitioner and master teacher in all areas of literacy instruction. A distinctive of this degree program is a unique set of level-specific anchor courses which will enable graduates to deliver highly effective instruction designed to best meet the needs of today’s literacy learners.

Program graduates’ working knowledge of outstanding literature and its successful integration into the curriculum will be current and will cross all genres. They will become competent consumers and evaluators of literacy research and knowledgeable practitioners with regard to technology’s role in dynamic literacy instruction. Graduates will be prepared to address literacy issues across multiple contexts as well as to better meet the needs of those students for whom English is not the primary language. The mission of the Judson University Master of Education in Literacy Program is to graduate knowledgeable, skilled practitioners who are dedicated to improving the literacy skills of children and young adults and who are passionate about inspiring those same students to become lifelong readers and writers.

Instruction will be delivered in an accelerated format over a period of thirteen consecutive months providing opportunity for immediate classroom application and significant retention of literacy practices under study. The expanded base of research, knowledge, and instructional practice relevant to literacy education will equip program graduates to better meet the diverse needs of literacy learners in their school communities as well as to educate various stakeholders in current literacy best practice.

Judson University is an evangelical Christian university ranked in the Top Tier of Midwest Comprehensive Colleges and Universities by U.S.News and World Report.

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