Literacy Specialist, with Literacy Leader G-Certificate

The MEd-CS Literacy Specialist is 30-credit online track and partnership between the Curriculum Studies and Special Education Departments that prepares literacy specialists to ensure all students achieve their maximum potentials as readers, writers, listeners, speakers, and practitioners of 21st Century literacies (e.g., digital, media, visual, critical) based on both International Literacy and Dyslexia Association Standards for Reading Professionals. The track may be used to add the field, Literacy Specialist, to a Hawai‘i Standard or Advanced Teaching License. Graduates also receive a Literacy Leader Graduate Certificate, which appears on program completers’ transcripts. (The graduate certificate may also be taken separately.)

12-core credits plus at least 18-credits chosen from the following list:

Required Core Courses:

  • EDCS 622G: Curriculum Leadership (3)
  • EDCS 606: Introduction to Research (3)
  • EDCS 632: Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • EDCS 667G: Seminar in Curriculum Issues (3)

Required Courses:

  • EDCS 605: Literacy Coaching and Leadership (3)
  • EDCS 607: New Literacies Leadership (3)
  • EDCS 647: Classroom and School Literacy Assessment (3)
  • SPED 637: Fundamentals of Language & Literacy (3)
  • SPED 638: Advanced Fundamentals of Language & Literacy (3)
  • SPED 639: Topics and Issues in Reading Disabilities (3)

Culminating Requirements:

Plan B Project

*Applicants must have 3 years of teaching experience by program start date.