Literacy Specialization

George Fox University

This specialization includes many of the same courses as the Reading Endorsement, without the emphasis to be a reading specialist. It is designed to enhance and improve reading instruction in teacher's own classroom.

Students who have completed the Master of Education in Literacy can add the endorsement to their teaching license by taking EDFL 531 and EDFL 538, completing one of the reading practicums, passing the Praxis test for the Reading Endorsement, and meeting current TSPC requirements. All courses must be completed within seven years after graduating with the Master's in Literacy.

Specialization courses are a blend of face to face classroom meetings, online classes, and face-to-face/online hybrid classes. Summer classes meet at our Newberg campus (affordable housing is available for long distance students); spring and fall classes are taught online with a few evening/weekend classes.

MEd with Literacy Specialization Requirements

Foundations Core ( 7 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

The foundations courses in the Master of Education program at George Fox University provide both breadth and depth of critical thinking skills, leading to transformation of a candidate’s professional practice. These courses are uniquely designed to build upon the School of Education conceptual framework: think critically, transform practice, and promote justice.

Research Core (8 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

The research courses in the Master of Education program at George Fox University provide each candidate with the knowledge and skills to effectively use educational research and data leading to improvement in their practice.  For the final capstone of the research courses, each candidate designs a research project unique to their own professional situation, examining a specific educational problem or issue in either their classroom or school.

Literacy Specialization (18 hours)

Complete the following 10 core semester hours:
EDFL 530 History and Foundations of Literacy Learning (2 hrs, must be taken in the first two semesters)
EDFL 532 Advanced Strategies in Literacy Instruction (2 hrs)
EDFL 533 Advanced Studies in Children's and Adolescent Literature (2 hrs)
EDFL 534 Issues and Applications of Literacy Instruction (2 hrs)
EDFL 536 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (2 hrs)

Select 8 hours from the following restricted electives:
EDFL 500 Instructional Supervision** (3 hrs)
EDFL 501 Curriculum Development** (2 hrs)
EDFL 503 Classroom Assessment (3 hrs)
EDFL 505 Trends and Issues in Education (3 hrs)
EDFL 506 Research in Effective Teaching** (3 hrs)
EDFL 515 Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction (1-3 hrs)
EDFL 531 Analysis of Reading and Writing Assessments (2 hrs)
EDFL 538 Organization of Reading Programs (3 hrs)
EDFL 570 Applied English Linguistics: Oral and Literacy Focus (3 hrs)
EDFL 624 Developing Curriculum with New Technologies** (2 hrs)
EDFL 638 Testing and Measurement (2 hrs)
EDFL 651 Strategic Planning for Education Systems** (2 hrs)
** Research, unit and major project should have a reading/writing-literacy focus, if possible.

Electives (2 hours)

For complete course listings and information, please see the GFU Graduate Catalog.

Susanna SteegProgram Contact:
Susanna Steeg, PhD
Director, Reading Endorsement Program

Telephone: 503-554-2839

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Admission Information:
Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027