Graduate Level Literacy Concentration

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Reading/Literacy Specialists perform a number of exciting and important functions within school districts.

These functions include working one-on-one with struggling learners and providing support for colleagues by modeling effective strategies for helping children and offering professional development in reading and writing strategies.

Practicing New Jersey teachers will appreciate the flexibility of courses offered in online and hybrid learning formats. Participants have the option of either completing coursework that leads to:

  • a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership
  • Literacy concentration or endorsement


Program Highlights

  • Learn research based strategies to assess and support the literacy development of all children
  • Explore the many roles of the literacy coach
  • Build teaching and leadership skills to better facilitate best practices in literacy education
  • Deepen expertise in the English Language Arts/Literacy Standards
  • Become part of a literacy community

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Course format

Courses in the literacy concentration are offered in a variety of formats. Online (OL), blended – a mix of online and face/face meetings (OLH) or campus based, as noted in the course catalog.

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  • 2006: Ph.D. in Education - Literacy concentration
    Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick, NJ
    Dissertation title: Making room for the middle: Understanding effective middle school teachers and their work with struggling readers and writers
    Advisor: Dr. Lesley Mandel Morrow
  • 2000: Ed.M. in Reading Education with Reading Specialist concentration
    Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick, NJ
    Thesis title: The language arts block: From research to practice