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There is an urgent need to prepare teachers in South Carolina who are knowledgeable about literacy in order to address the problems of high rates of illiteracy in our state. Licensed teachers seeking advanced study in literacy are the focus of the M.Ed. in Literacy degree program. This concentration will provide the opportunity to add on an additional Literacy Teacher certificate from the South Carolina Department of Education and to fulfill requirements for Read to Succeed endorsements as mandated by recent legislation.

The degree program requires 12 credit hours in Foundation classes (all online) and 18 credit hours in literacy specialization courses. All courses are offered online and/or face to face, depending on student preference.  The face to face courses are offered in the late afternoons/evenings on campus and in hybrid format during the academic year and in summer sessions.  Interactive and participatory experiences in the Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education are required as a part of the degree program for licensed teachers who provide assessment and motivating instruction for struggling literacy learners from the local community.  Teachers who live outside the local CCU community are required to complete the State Department mandated practicum experiences with students in their respective local settings.

The Spadoni College of Education offers the coursework licensed educators need to fulfill in order to earn add-on certification by the South Carolina Department of Education for Literacy Teacher and Literacy Coach. The coursework provides an in-depth study of literacy foundations and assessment, coaching, teaching methods, curriculum development, and supervision of reading programs. By completing these courses, educators will have satisfied the coursework requirement to earn their Literacy endorsement.

The Spadoni College of Education offers an ESOL Graduate Certificate whose coursework provides opportunities for all educators to develop skills and knowledge related to English language learners. In addition, teachers who have an initial licensure or are working on an initial licensure can use the coursework as part of the partial fulfillment to obtain the South Carolina ESOL add-on licensure. This 15 credit curriculum is approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education to fulfill the graduate course work requirement for the SCDE’s ESOL add-on licensure.*

Contact Information

Jennifer Altieri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Coordinator, Literacy Education
Prince Building 122D

Jeanne Cobb, Ed.D.
Professor, Literacy Education
Prince Building 122D