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Understanding the intricacies of basic literacy skills, assessment, and the theories that frame literacy instruction prepares the classroom teacher for her work in developing literate citizens for a world in which literacy is critical. The classroom teacher that has an expert’s perspective of the development of his/her students as readers and writers is able to plan and instruct in a classroom where student learning thrives, unhindered by literacy gaps that, in many cases, can be efficiently and effectively addressed by that skillful practitioner of reading and writing instruction.
The WKU Master of Arts in Literacy is a 36-hour online program of study that offers understandings and abilities in literacy and the instruction of literacy. The WKU literacy graduate faculty is committed to mentoring students onto and along the path that includes theory, practice, and research in reading and writing. Graduate students that enter with a love of reading and writing are guided to develop an even deeper appreciation for the complexities and benefits of being literate, departing with urgency for scaffolding the literacy development of others. While the graduate degree in literacy is most often of benefit in the school classroom, there is no limit to the influence of those with knowledge of how a person develops as a reader and writer.
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