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Master of Arts in Education – Language, Literacy, and Technology

Faculty working with Students: 12
Students: 10
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE

Degree Description:

WSU offers two masters degree programs in Language, Literacy and Technology. The non-thesis Ed.M. degree is a masters degree focused on practitioner-based model. Its purpose is to develop teachers’ or other professionals’ knowledge and skills. The M.A. degree research-based masters program designed for students who wish to focus on educational research in literacy and who may pursue a doctoral degree. The M.A. degree requires a thesis.

Admission Requirements:

Individuals interested in applying must submit an online application to the Graduate School. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year institution and earned a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the literacy processes and know how to apply the results of evidence-­‐based literacy research (qualitative and quantitative) to instructional practices.
  2.  Demonstrate knowledge of the assessment/instruction cycle (data analysis, universal screening, diagnostic, progress monitoring, formative, summative), and how to use a variety of  assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate evidence-­‐based literacy instruction.
  3.  Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support literacy instruction.
  4.  Foster literacy development by using instructional practices, curriculum materials and the appropriate use of assessments to create a literate environment.
  5.  Development of professional development as a career-­‐long effort and responsibility.
  6.  Demonstrate a deep understanding of the pedagogical knowledge and practice specific to the teaching of literacy, and communicate (oral and written) literacy instructional practices  and research.

Career Opportunities:

Teaching, educational specialist, K-12 administration

Career Placements:

Teacher, specialist

Faculty Members:

Ardasheva, Yuliya, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Contributions of individual differences to second language development and on the interplay between second language and academic development, language-minority education programs, effective instructional techniques for accelerating language and literacy development, content-based models to support language-minority education.

Day-Wiff, Deanna, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Literacy, Children’s Literature, Reader Response Theory and Comprehension strategies.

Egbert, Joy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Learning environments, particularly as they involve English language learners and technology. Her most recent focus is on differentiation and engagement.

Ernst-Slavit, Gisela, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Language and education in culturally and linguistically diverse settings using ethnographic and sociolinguistic perspectives, oral language development and academic literacy for emergent bilinguals.

Guerrettaz, Anne Marie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Educational linguistics. Dr. Guerrettaz investigates language teaching materials and their deployment in classroom interactions, Indigenous language planning and bilingual education, including Yucatec Maya language teaching and revitalization in southeastern Mexico.

Johnson, Eric, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Ethnographic approaches to language-minority education programs and language policies in public schools.
Language policy and planning, the application of policy as practice,
Immigrant communities, parent and community engagement, bilingual education, and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Kelley, Jane, Ed.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Kelley’s research is two-fold. First, she applies a critical multicultural analysis to children’s literature in order to bring the ideology of power as it is portrayed in children’s literature. Second, she investigates pedagogical strategies to introduce a critical multicultural analysis to pre-service teachers, service teachers, and graduate students.

Kucer, Stephen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

The relationship between text processing and comprehension, understanding literacy and its instruction from a multi-dimensional perspective, and the use of thematic units for promoting both literacy and concept development.

Newcomer, Sarah, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Focus on how language policies are implemented and negotiated in schools, bilingual education, and the development of literacy and biliteracy. Her interests also include how educators, families and other stakeholders create empowering learning practices, both inside and outside of schools, as well as the development of school community agency.

Puzio, Kelly, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

With a focus on literacy, Dr. Puzio’s investigates ways that teachers can provide differentiated and culturally relevant instruction.

Salsbury, Tom, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Tom Salsbury conducts research in second language acquisition. He studies vocabulary acquisition in content areas and is collaborating with colleagues to develop better measures of lexical (vocabulary) proficiency. His data come from longitudinal studies of children and adult English language learners. His work is published in research journals such as Language Learning and Second Language Research as well as applied research journals for teachers such as English Teaching Forum and Teaching Education Journal.

Ward, Barbara, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Research interests pertain to gender and literacy. She is particularly interested in the identity of readers and the incorporation of children’s and young adult literature in today’s classrooms. Culturally responsive pedagogy is at the heart of her teaching and research agendas.

Contact Information:

WSU Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172