Advisors: Allison Baer, Lauren Freedman, Esther Gray, Jill Hermann-Wilmarth, Susan Piazza, Karen Thomas, Paul Wilson
The Master of Arts in Literacy Studies provides a comprehensive professional development program to meet the need in today’s classrooms for continuous literacy instruction K-12 based on current theory, research, and best practices. The program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of reflective practitioners, as they become leaders such as Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, innovative classroom teachers, researchers, and advocates. Reflective practitioners are passionate learners who embrace diversity, actively inquire and reflect upon their own practice, and nurture development of new knowledge and skills. This is accomplished through a process of continuous professional, intellectual, and social growth. Students will make connections between and among research, theory, policy, and practice to evaluate the teaching-learning process, inquire into how teaching can be improved, and develop efficacy based on best practices.
- Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (4.0=A); graduate grade point average may be accepted upon review of recent and relevant course work completed at an accredited institution.
- A written statement of purpose (1,000 to 1,500 words) outlining the applicant’s philosophy of teaching and professional goals. The statement of purpose should indicate the candidate’s career expectations and reasons for seeking admissions to the program.
- Two letters of recommendation from persons able to judge the applicant’s potential to succeed in a graduate program.
Candidates who meet all admissions criteria will be considered for admission to the program.
Upon admission, each student will be assigned an advisor who will assist in the preparation of a program of study. The program of study should be completed during the first semester of enrollment.
A maximum of nine appropriate Western Michigan University graduate credits taken before admission may be applied to the Master of Arts in Literacy Studies with advisor approval.