Course Descriptions

TitleAdvanced Theories of Language and Literacy

This course is designed as a core course in the literacy specialization to historically situate our graduate candidates within the literacy research community and promote understanding of literacy theory and practice. The purpose of this course is to explore multiple perspectives on the nature of literacy learning, development and teaching, and prepare teachers to become reflective and critical readers of educational research, policies, and literacy programs. It encourages candidates to critically analyze historical and current theoretical perspectives and research methodologies applied to literacy research including sociocultural perspectives on literacy learning and teaching. Further, it encourages candidates to examine the implications of literacy theories and research for classroom practice, curriculum development and assessment.