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Master’s of Science (MSEd) in Literacy & Language Education

The master’s degree in Literacy and Language Education is a 30-hour program consisting of the following:

I. Foundational Coursework (15 hours)

  • EDPS 53000: Advanced Educational Psychology Human development — Teaching & learning
  • EDCI 58000: Foundations of Curriculum History & philosophy of education — Teaching & learning
  • EDCI 58500: Multicultural Education — Diversity
  • EDPS 53300: Introduction to Educational Research — Disciplined Inquiry
  • EDCI 50000: Foundations of Literacy & Language — Literacy & Language

II. Literacy & Language Courses (9 hours)

  • (beyond EDCI 50000)

III. Elective Courses (6 hours)

  • (consult with your advisor)
  • Students who choose the thesis option normally use their 6 credits of electives for that purpose.

There is an exit requirement for the master’s Degree: students are required to write a master’s thesis or prepare a literacy portfolio. English education master’s students are required to write a master’s thesis. Students who choose to write a thesis will work with their advisor early in their program to ensure that the requirements of this option are met and the 6 elective hours are typically used for conducting research and writing the thesis.

Portfolio Option:

You may choose to complete a portfolio that will allow you to reflect on your learning within the master’s program in Literacy and Language. If you choose this option, you will need to gather artifacts during your studies and write a series of reflective papers about them, demonstrating that your studies have caused you to evaluate your professionalism and to consider effective ways to strengthen your practices as a literacy and language professional. The portfolio requirements are designed to fit the College of Education’s model for professional education. As you create your portfolio, you will provide examples as evidence. The following are the sorts of artifacts to consider including in your portfolio and may be drawn from projects completed in connection with Purdue graduate work:

  • Literature review
  • Critique of current curriculum practices in relation to historical and philosophical studies
  • Observational report on classroom language and literature instruction
  • Oral presentation in a class, to school-based colleagues, or at a conference
  • Literacy and language case study

The portfolio should be delivered to members of your committee no later than the tenth week of your final semester in the program. Committee members will review and evaluate your portfolio, and they will give a pass/no pass grade for your graduate work as reflected in your portfolio.

+ The Portfolio’s Physical Appearance