Language & Literacy Specialization

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Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL)

The Master of Education in Language and Literacy program is a broad specialty encompassing pre-school to post-secondary levels. The purpose of the program is to develop a theoretical background and promote skills that will enable students to conduct independent research. Language investigation may also include social, political and cultural issues.

Literacy educators are also interested in early language development, reading diagnosis and remediation, and the use of language to learn at all levels and in all content areas. Programs can be designed so that graduates can qualify for certification as Reading Clinicians. [Note: Reading Clinician requirements are determined by Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning.]

An MEd in Language & Literacy can be completed by one of two routes. They include:
Thesis-Based Route

Course-Based Route

Thesis-Based Route

18 credit hours plus thesis

Language & Literacy courses prepare students to design and implement a research project that leads to a thesis. For the thesis, students will select a research question, gather and interpret data, present the investigation and its results as a written document with the program advisor’s support. An oral defense of the thesis culminates the program.

Coursework & Thesis

  • Core Courses (6 credit hours)

EDUB 7530 Curriculum Development and Implementation in Language and Literacy (3)

and, 3 credit hours from:


EDUB 7070 Classical Research in Reading (3)
EDUB 7100 Language and Literacy Curriculum Inquiry in the Early Years (3)
EDUB 7180 Research in Written Composition (3)

  • Research Courses (6 credit hours)

EDUA 5800 Introduction to Educational Research (3) plus an additional 3 credit hours of research methodology at the 7000 level in Education or 3000 or above in other faculties

  • Concentration (6 credit hours)

The thesis is a focus of the concentration. Students will select 6 credit hours from:

EDUB 7060 Seminar & Practicum in Clinical Diagnosis & Remediation (6)
EDUB 7070 Classical Research in Reading (3)
EDUB 7090 Seminar in Reading Processes (3)
EDUB 7100 Language & Literacy Curriculum Inquiry in the Early Years (3)
EDUB 7110 Research in Language & Literacy Development (3)
EDUB 7120 Curricular Issues in English Language Arts Education (3)
EDUB 7150 Seminar in Reading & Response to Literature (3)
EDUB 7180 Research in Written Composition (3)
EDUB 7190 Research in Language for Learning (3)
EDUB 7290 Curriculum Research in the Early Years: Young
Children & Social Semiotics (3)
EDUB 7416 Teaching and Learning in Post Secondary Education (3)
EDUB 7420 Study of Teaching (3)
EDUB 7550 Historical & Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum (3)
EDUB 7560 Theory & Practice of Curriculum Design & Development (3)

or other courses approved by the graduate program advisor and department head

  • Thesis
  • Course Level Restrictions

12 credit hours must be at the 7000 level; the remaining 6 credit hours may be at the 5000 level or above in the Faculty of Education and/or at the 3000 level or above in other faculties.

 

Course-Based Route

 

 30 credit hours plus comprehensive option

The student and program advisor select courses that lead to mastery within Language and Literacy and the concentration. As the course component is completed, the student, with the advisor’s support, prepares a document that demonstrates comprehensive mastery. The document can be a final examination or a project, which may culminate with a public presentation of the document.

Coursework & Comprehensive Option

  • Core Courses (9 credit hours)

EDUB 7530 Curriculum Development and Implementation in Language and Literacy (3)

and, 6 credit hours from:

EDUB 7070 Classical Research in Reading (3)
EDUB 7100 Language & Literacy Curriculum Inquiry in the Early Years (3)
EDUB 7180 Research in Written Composition (3)

  • Research Courses (3 credit hours)

EDUA 5800 Introduction to Educational Research (3)

  • Concentration (18 credit hours)

Students will select 18 credit hours from:

EDUB 7060 Seminar & Practicum in Clinical Diagnosis & Remediation (6)
EDUB 7070 Classical Research in Reading (3)
EDUB 7090 Seminar in Reading Processes (3)
EDUB 7100 Language & Literacy Curriculum Inquiry in the Early Years (3)
EDUB 7110 Research in Language & Literacy Development (3)
EDUB 7120 Curricular Issues in English Language Arts Education (3)
EDUB 7150 Seminar in Reading & Response to Literature (3)
EDUB 7180 Research in Written Composition (3)
EDUB 7190 Research in Language for Learning (3)
EDUB 7290 Curriculum Research in the Early Years: Young Children & Social Semiotics (3)
EDUB 7330 Inquiry in Curriculum & Instruction (3)
EDUB 7420 Study of Teaching (3)
EDUB 7416 Teaching and Learning in Post Secondary Education (3)
EDUB 7540 Final Seminar in Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (3)
EDUB 7550 Historical & Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum (3)
EDUB 7560 Theory & Practice of Curriculum Design & Development (3)

or other courses approved by the graduate program advisor and department head

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Course Level Restrictions

18 credit hours must be at the 7000 level; the remaining 12 credit hours may be at the 5000 level or above in the Faculty of Education and/or at the 3000 level or above in other faculties.

Admission Deadlines and Document Requirements:

First things first: Below is a complete list of documents for application to the Language & Literacy specialization (CTL).

 

Education Graduate Program Advisors (Faculty Members)

Gregory Bryan
Language & Literacy, Studies in CTL
Research Interests: Reading Engagement; Children’s Literature; Literary Assessment
Contact:
(204) 474-6431
Gregory.Bryan@umanitoba.ca


Michelle Honeyford
Language & Literacy, Studies in CTL
Research Interests: Literacy Education: writing, immigrant and multilingual youth; Literacy Leadership and Practitioner Research; New Literacies; Participatory Learning & Assessment
Contact:
(204) 474-7243
Michelle.Honeyford@umanitoba.ca


Wayne Serebrin

Language & Literacy, Studies in CTL
Research Interests: Early Literacy; Language Arts Curriculum; Literacy as a Social Semiotic; Language Arts Teacher Education
Contact:
(204) 474-9024
Wayne.Serebrin@umanitoba.ca


Karen E. Smith

Language & Literacy,  Studies in CTL
Research Interests: Reading Instruction; Language Arts Curriculum; Language & Literacy Across the Curriculum; Media Studies
Contact:
(204) 474-7218
Karen.Smith@umanitoba.ca