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.

Students may also complete their Continuing Teaching License (6 hours) within the restricted electives that support the Literacy Specialization, from the EDFL curriculum or from transfer hours.

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 (5 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

EDFL 670 Ethical Foundations in Education (3 hrs)
EDFL 671 Ethical Perspectives on Educational Leadership (3 hrs)
EDFL 703 Bibliographic Research and Writing (2 hrs)

Research Core (8 hours)

Complete the following course:
EDFL 704 Survey of Qualitative and Quantitative Research (3 hrs)

Select one of the following:
EDFL 706 Experimental Research Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 707 Survey Research Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 708 Program Evaluation Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 709 Ethnographic Research Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 710 Historical Research Designs* (2 hrs)
EDFL 716 Action Research Designs (2 hrs)
* Prerequisite(s) required for this course. Consult your advisor for more details.

Complete research hours with advisor and research project committee:
EDFL 711 Master's Project Proposal (1 hr)
EDFL 712 Master's Project Research (1 hr)
EDFL 713 Master's Project Presentation (1 hr)
EDFL 715 Master's Project Research II (1-4 hrs - optional: if project not completed while enrolled in EDFL 713)

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 515 NZ New Zealand (2 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.


(Select 5 hours of electives from the restricted electives that support the literacy specialization, from the EDFL curriculum, or from transfer hours.)

Admission Information:

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