Contemporary Literacies Strand
: Graduates are prepared for roles as instructional leaders, teacher educators, program evaluators, educational researchers, academics, diversity trainers/multicultural educators, and professionals who work in industries that design educational materials, curriculum and assessments.
: Lincoln Center & Westchester
The goal of this specialization is to prepare candidates for careers as instructional leaders and researchers in a variety of educational settings. While in the program, students will consider multiple perspectives on what it means to be literate in the contemporary world by exploring print and traditional literacies, new literacies, digital literacies, multimodal literacies, media literacy, critical literacy, and language study (e.g. sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics).
By making connections between theory and practice and engaging in research in this dynamic and emerging field, students will gain and contribute knowledge on the phenomena that is literacy in the 21st century.
Students in the Literacy Specialization must provide evidence of completing at least two courses in language education, linguistics, reading or writing prior to matriculation in the program. Students also must have at least three years of satisfactory, full time teaching experience or the equivalent professional experience.
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Fall: March 1 (Early Decision), June 15 (Regular)
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1 (Early Decision), April 15 (Regular)
Additional Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research Programs
All students are required to engage in an Internship in Contemporary Learning for at least one credit. Offered as a guided tutorial course, students will engage in professional experiences in the schools and/or education-related agencies as interns.
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Contemporary Learning Core
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(Select 6 credits)
Cognates & Electives
(Minimum 6 credits from other areas of specialization)