Why earn your M.Ed?

If you're a teacher who sees reading as the key to life long learning, consider our Literacy/ESOL program, which will prepare you to serve as a Reading Specialist or an ESOL Specialist at any grade level. Our Master of Education degree in Literacy/ESOL fulfills the standards set by the Kansas Department of Education for school specialist license and endorsement in ESOL. The program also aligns with the recommendations and guidelines of such professional groups as the International Literacy Association.
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A student receives his cape during graduation.

Why study Literacy/ESOL at Washburn?

You’ll work at your pace in this fully online program and develop a portfolio that demonstrates what you know and can do to support your students. Additionally, you’ll complete a capstone project and demonstrate proficiency with an oral examination.

Online advantage

All courses in the Literacy/ESOL program are offered online and can be taken at your own pace. Most students take 9 to 18 credits per year, finishing the 31 credit program in 2 to 3 years. Start dates are offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall of each year so you can get started right away!

Core Course: The following 3 hours are required:

  • ED 665 Introduction to Educational Research (3)

Area of Concentration: A minimum of 30 semester hours to include the following (electives or substitutions must be approved by the Graduate Program Advisor, the department’s Graduate Program Committee, and the Chair of the Education Department).

  • RD 610 (3) Literacy/ESOL Instructional Approaches
  • RD 612 (2) Children and Young Adult Literature
  • RD 616 (3) Writing Instruction
  • RD 620 (3) Literacy and ESOL Assessment
  • RD 622 (3) Literacy/ESOL Instructional Strategies
  • RD 626 (2) The Literacy/ESOL Specialist
  • RD 628 (3) Linguistics, Language Development & Assessment
  • RD 630 (3) Literacy Specialist/ESOL Practicum
  • RD 684 (3) Literacy Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Content Areas
  • ED 650 (2) Methods and Cross-Cultural Communication
  • ED 698 (1) Action Research Capstone

Candidates will be required to complete a research project that encompasses both literacy and ESOL components (initially developed during ED 665) as their Capstone Experience. The candidates will be required to present their research at the annual Apeiron event in the spring (or a suitable substitution). This program will prepare students to successfully complete the exams for the Kansas Reading Specialist license and the ESOL endorsement.

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GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Education

Department of Education
Education Building, Room 156
1731 SW Plass Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1427

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