Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
Curriculum and Instruction, MEd
Concentration in ASTL: Literacy: PK-12 Classroom Teachers (AP12)
The ASTL concentrations are for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers advanced study in a specific concentration area, including Virginia's Standards of Learning content areas, cohort classes, an innovative schedule, and the use of technology. The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and teacher expertise in a concentration that will identify the teacher as a potential leader in that area.
Experienced teachers with or without a master's degree may apply for the ASTL Master's Degree program, which includes 18 or 21 credits in the Concentration area and 12 credits in the education Core.
Core Courses (12 credits)
- EDUC 606: Education and Culture (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 612: Inquiry into Practice (2 credit hours)
- EDUC 613: How Students Learn (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 614: Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning (2 credit hours)
- EDUC 615: Educational Change (2 credit hours)
Concentration Courses (9 credits)
This 18-credit concentration includes three required literacy courses and three approved electives in ESOL, special education, psychology, secondary and elementary education, early childhood, writing, and other areas. Teachers PK-12 in any discipline will learn about theory and strategies in literacy and reading.
- EDRD 630: Advanced Literacy Foundations and Instruction, Birth to Middle Childhood (3 credit hours)
- EDRD 631: Advanced Literacy Foundations and Instruction, Adolescence through Adulthood (3 credit hours)
- EDRD 632: Literacy Assessments and Interventions for Groups (3 credit hours)
Electives: Choose three (9 credits)
- EDCI 520: Assessment of Language Learners (3 credit hours)
- EDRD 615: Reading/Writing for Multilingual Students (3 credit hours)
- EDRD 633: Literacy Assessments and Interventions for Individuals (3 credit hours)
- EDRD 637: Supervised Literacy Practicum (2-3 credit hours) (Must register for 3 credit hours)
- EDSE 627: Assessment (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 662: Consultation and Collaboration (3 credit hours)
Note: Student may choose an alternate elective with advisor approval.