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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 Language, Literacy, and Culture degree program. Within this degree, there are two areas of concentration.   The Literacy concentration will provide the opportunity to complete the coursework necessary for the add-on  Literacy Teacher and Literacy Coach certificates from the South Carolina Department of Education and to fulfill requirements for Read to Succeed endorsements as mandated by recent legislation.  Those candidates choosing to complete the Language and Culture concentration will complete the coursework necessary for the add-on ESOL certificate from the South Carolina Department of Education.

The degree program requires 15 credit hours in core classes (all online) and 18 credit hours in the concentration. All courses are offered online.  Interactive and participatory experiences in the Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education are possible 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. 

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 122A

Katie Walker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Literacy and ESOL Education
Prince Building 122D