The master’s degree in Literacy and Language Education is a 30-hour program consisting of the following:
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.
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:
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.
Reflect on the following areas of study and write a two-three page paper that synthesizes how EDCI 500 (Area 1) and two of the remaining four areas have helped you become a more competent literacy professional. This paper should hold an integrated reflection of your professional growth; do not create a course by course summary of your studies.
Provide an artifact that links theory and practice in Literacy and Language and in a one-two page paper explain how the creation of the artifact furthered your professional understanding.
Using the above artifact or another one, in a one-two page paper explain how participating in this activity furthered your knowledge about Literacy and Language education for a professional Literacy and Language audience.
Show evidence of participation in one of the following in a one-page paper, describing how participating in this furthered your knowledge of issues in the field of Literacy and Language.
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