Take the lead in closing the achievement gap.
Data from National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that on average, 50 percent of children are at or below the basic level of literacy proficiency required for their grade area. Enroll in Wilkes University's 30-credit online master's degree in literacy with Pa. Reading Specialist certification to positively impact all students by teaching them to be confident and careful readers while advancing your career.
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Why Study Literacy at Wilkes?
Literacy is every teacher’s responsibility, and Wilkes University offers a comprehensive program that addresses the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for effective literacy instruction and program planning.
The International Literacy Association (ILA) notes that illiteracy affects not only the daily life of those who experience it, but also society as a whole. If you’re passionate about helping others to read, write, listen, understand, and communicate effectively, a master’s degree in literacy can open doors for you and your students.
By combining theory and application, you will learn how to assess, diagnose and teach students to be active listeners, speakers, readers and writers. In addition, you will leave the program with the most current research-based tools necessary to facilitate literacy initiatives in your own school district.
What Will You Learn as a Literacy Student?
- You’ll learn what the science says about the teaching and learning of reading and how to apply these best practices in your classroom; how to design a curriculum that will meet the needs of diverse learners, particularly those who experience difficulty with literacy; and, how to utilize adult learning theory in order to initiate literacy initiatives within your classroom, school, district, and community.
- You’ll take courses designed in response to the newest International Literacy Association (ILA) standards regarding the preparation of literacy professionals, with attention to 21st century literacies and brain-based research. In addition to the ILA standards, program courses are aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
- You’ll explore courses and field experiences that are designed to ensure that you are prepared for the challenges you’ll face as a contemporary reading specialist and literacy leader.