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 Learning and Teaching/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.
I. FOUNDATION STUDIES (12 credits)
II. CONCENTRATION STUDIES (18 credits)
or EDLL 617 Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and High School Teachers