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Master of Science in Education: Early Childhood Literacy

A master’s degree in Early Childhood Literacy from Wilkes University gives you an opportunity to advance your professional career.  Complete the courses below to earn your degree in as little as two years!

EDAM 5001: Early Literacy: Guiding Principles and Language Development

This course is the prerequisite for all other courses in the Early Childhood Literacy program. It outlines the philosophical base for the program as well as key understandings central to young children’s early literacy development. Course topics will include guiding principles for developing children’s early literacy skills, language development stages, theories of language acquisition, linguistic diversity, language assessment, communicative disorders, and school-home connections.

3 credits
Prerequisites: None

EDAM 5002: Word Study

This course examines the instructional building blocks of successful reading skills. Educators will explore developmentally-appropriate instructional and assessment methods for teaching children how to recognize word patterns so they can become accurate readers.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5001

EDAM 5003: Fluency and Vocabulary Development

This course presents effective, developmentally-appropriate methods for building students’ oral reading fluency and vocabulary skills to improve overall comprehension.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5001

EDAM 5004: Developing Comprehension Part I

This course presents an introduction to comprehension instruction as a key component of effective reading instruction. The course focuses on helping students apply their understanding of structure and elements of text and genres to create meaning as they are reading. Educators will integrate developmentally-appropriate practices to adapt instruction that meets the diverse needs of learners.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5001

EDAM 5005: Developing Comprehension Part II

This course explores the development and assessment of students’ coordinated use of comprehension strategies to make sense of text. Educators will learn how to effectively model developmentally-appropriate comprehension text strategies for students.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5001, EDAM 5004

EDAM 5007: Differentiated Small Group Instruction

This course focuses on implementing developmentally-appropriate differentiated small group instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Course topics include components of differentiated instruction and using assessment data to group students.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5001

EDAM 5009: Developing Independent Readers

This course examines methods for fostering and managing independent reading in a developmentally-appropriate way, and explores research-based school/home/community partnerships in the support of independent readers.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5001

EDAM 5010: Connecting Reading & Writing

This course explores the reciprocal processes of reading and writing as well as the strategies for helping students become strategic writers who are able to write to learn and write to demonstrate learning. Course topics include the writing process, strategies and assessments, genres of writing, writing across the curriculum, and developmentally-appropriate instructional procedures.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5001

EDAM 5013: Teacher Leadership

Teacher leaders are agents of change. This course guides educators in facilitating change at their schools by exploring school culture and experiencing the power of reflective practice.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5001

EDAM 5012: Developing a Results-Driven Early Literacy Classroom

Reflective practitioners seek to improve their instruction and increase student achievement. In this capstone course, educators will plan an action research project focusing on improving an aspect of early literacy and conduct a portfolio review to reflect on their professional growth throughout the program.

6 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5001, EDAM 5002, EDAM 5003, EDAM 5004, EDAM 5005, EDAM 5007, EDAM 5009, EDAM 5010, EDAM 5013

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