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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Language, Literacy, and Special Education Department

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College of Education and Professional Studies
Black Hall, room 205

See website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes

Faculty and Staff

Janet Finke, PhD

Carol Butterfield, PhD, literacy, TESL
Susan Donahoe, PhD, literacy
Dan Fennerty, EdD, special education
Janet Finke, PhD, literacy
Craig Hughes, PhD, bilingual education, TESL
Terrance McCain, PhD, bilingual education, TESL

Associate Professors
Yukari Amos, PhD, bilingual education, TESL
YiShan Lea, EdD, bilingual education, TESL
Janet Spybrook, EdD, special education
Sharryn Walker, PhD, literacy

Assistant Professors
Cristina Santamaria, PhD, special education
Shu-Fei Tsai, PhD, special education
Sandra Wentworth, PhD, special education

Senior Lecturer
Judy Backlund, MA, literacy

Nancy Schnebly 

The Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education prepares socially responsible practitioner scholars to work and learn within diverse contexts; fostering language, literacy, and learning for all.

General Information
The master of education degree programs are designed primarily for elementary and secondary school teachers and school service personnel. Since the program may also prepare the student for community college teaching and for advanced study, the student should seek advice from the program advisors. For advice regarding specializations, contact the department.

Admission Requirements
In addition to general requirements for admission to master’s programs, students desiring admission to programs in education must meet departmental requirements. Members of the appropriate program will review the student’s application materials from the Office of Admissions and, if deemed necessary, may meet with the student before a recommendation for admission can be made.

Required Educational Foundations and Research Courses
EDF 510 is required of all students earning the MEd degree. The candidate further must choose at least six credits from the following: EDF 501, Educational Foundations, EDF 502, History of Education, EDF 503, Philosophy of Education, EDF 504, Advanced Educational Statistics, EDF 505, Educational Measurement for Teachers, EDF 506, Education Futurism, EDF 507, Studies and Problems in Intercultural Education, EDF 508, Comparative Education, EDF 567, Educational Change, PSY 552, Advanced Human Growth and Development, PSY 559, Advanced Educational Psychology (only one of PSY 552 or PSY 559 may be included to meet the foundations requirement), SOC 525, Society and Education, as approved by the student’s graduate advisor or committee chair. Related courses may be substituted with permission of the student’s graduate advisor or committee chair, the chair of the appropriate department, and the dean of Graduate Studies and Research.


    CertificateMaster of Education


      Education: BilingualEducation: LiteracyEducation: Special Education

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