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Master of Education in Language, Literacy, and Technology Education

Faculty working with Students: 14
Students: 11
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

WSU offers two masters degree programs in literacy education. The non-thesis Ed.M. degree focuses on K-12. Its purpose is to develop teachers’ or other professionals’ knowledge and skills. The M.A. degree is designed for students who wish to focus on educational research in language and literacy and who may pursue a doctoral degree.

Admission Requirements:

Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete the Washington State University Graduate School’s online application.

Student Learning Outcome:

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:

Banks, Susan Rae, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Indigenous family involvement in education, early childhood special education, culturally responsive curriculum development and delivery, culturally responsive assessment, and Native teacher preparation and retention.

Barrio, Brenda, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Disproportionality of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education, culturally responsive teaching in the response to intervention framework, bilingual and multicultural special education, assistive technology, and pre- and in-service teacher preparation.

Canty, June M, Ed.D.

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

Research Interests

General and special education in rural education, teacher preparation/induction, and legal ramifications of admissions and dismissal decisions from professional programs, methods and means of support for beginning teachers and policy related to induction practices.

Day-Wiff, Deanna, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

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

Dunn, Michael, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Literacy skills/strategies and response to intervention, development of literacy skills/strategies in an intervention format, use of The Ask, Reflect, Text (ART) Strategy and artistic expression, how students use the strategy, and improvement in students skills.

Hsiao, Yun-Ju, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Special education, including children/youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and early childhood special education. Research focuses on families of children with disabilities and effective strategies for teaching students with ASD. Also interested in culturally responsive teaching preparation and practices in special education.

Kelley, Jane, Ed.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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 on 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.

McMahon, Donald, Ed.D.

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

Research Interests

Universal Design for Learning, Assistive Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Wearable devices, Mobile Devices, Mobile Learning, and Instructional technology.

Miller, Darcy E, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Special education issues and policies, areas such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, technology, multicultural special education, reading, juvenile delinquency, risk/resilience, and behavior/emotional disorders in children and adolescents.

Newcomer, Sarah, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.

Petersen, Sara Sorenson

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

Research Interests

Focus on special education law, litigation and policy. She is also interested in Universal Design for Learning and accessibility in higher education, and international special education practices and policies.

Puzio, Kelly, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

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

Ward, Barbara, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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
WSU Tri-Cities College of Education
Helen Berry, Academic Coordinator
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-1671
(509) 372-7394
WSU Vancouver College of Education
Jennifer Gallagher, Academic Coordinator
Undergraduate (VUB) 308
Vancouver, WA 98686
(360)-546-9075
Fax: (360)-546-9040