Interim Chair: Jennifer Berne
Sonya L. Armstrong, assistant professor, Ed.D., University of Cincinnati
Jennifer Berne, associate professor, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Chris L. Carger, professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago
James A. Cohen, assistant professor, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Mayra C. Daniel, associate professor, Ed.D., Illinois State University
Laurie Elish-Piper, Presidential Teaching Professor, Ph.D., University of Akron
Mary Beth Henning, associate professor, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Sheryl L. Honig, assistant professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago
Paul Kelter, professor, Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Melanie D. Koss, assistant professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago
Susan L’Allier, associate professor, Ed.D., Harvard University
Eui-Kyung Shin, associate professor, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
John Evar Strid, assistant professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Donna E. Werderich, assistant professor, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
Corrine M. Wickens, assistant professor, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
C. Sheldon Woods, associate professor, Ph.D. Kansas State University
The Department of Literacy Education offers the M.A.T. specialization in elementary education, M.S.Ed. degrees in elementary education and in literacy education and the Ed.D. degree in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in literacy education and specialization in Science, Social Studies and Environmental Integration. A list of requirements for each program is available in the department office. Several courses of study leading to certification, endorsement, and teacher approval are also offered. The department offers course work pertaining to literacy, intercultural, and language education across the lifespan, including work in reading, the language arts, children’s literature, bilingual education, English as a second language, and multicultural education.
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Science in Education
Doctor of Education Curriculum and instruction
The Department of Literacy Education offers graduate internships in literacy fields including reading, language arts, children’s literature, bilingual education, English as a second language, and adult literacy. For further information and internship possibilities, see course descriptions and consult with an adviser.
Certification at the Graduate Level
K-12 reading specialist certification is designed for teachers who wish to gain additional competencies which will enable them to work effectively with learners, teachers, and K-12 school-community personnel in improving reading instruction in the schools. The reading teacher endorsement is a 24-semester-hour requirement for reading teachers whose major teaching assignment is reading in other than a self-contained classroom. This is a teaching qualification on an existing certificate or an endorsement on a new certificate.
Approval to teach English as a second language and bilingual education can be earned through a program of 18 semester hours of combined course work in the Departments of Literacy Education, English, and Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations. These approvals must be attached to a Type 03 (elementary) or Type 09 (secondary) initial teacher certificate.
Students who wish to make application for certification and/or endorsement should contact the Department of Literacy Education for further information.