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Literacy Degree Program at CCU

To prepare learners to be competitive in our global economy, teachers must possess a deep understanding of what it means to be literate and have a toolbox of instructional strategies for developing their students’ reading and writing abilities. With the support of Coastal Carolina University and the Spadoni College of Education, literacy program faculty offer a literacy concentration track within the Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Learning and Teaching degree. This concentration provides teachers the opportunity to earn an additional certification - Literacy Teacher from the South Carolina Department of Education and to fulfill all requirements for the Read to Succeed endorsements mandated by recent legislation in our state.  The 30 hour degree program requires 12 credit hours in foundation courses (all online) and 18 credit hours in literacy concentration courses (offered all online or face-to-face, depending on student preference).   The face-to-face courses are offered on Coastal Carolina University’s main campus in the late afternoons/evenings to accommodate teachers’ schedules with practicums integrated with the Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education (CCLE). Interactive experiences with students from our local community within the CCLE are embedded into the coursework to meet the requirements set forth by the South Carolina Department of Education. Candidates who choose the fully online option are required to complete the same practicums as those who are participating in the Chanitcleer Center for Literacy Education, but those experiences take place in the teachers' respective local communities. Video recording of practicum experiences are submitted to the professors on campus to provide supervised feedback.  

To learn more about our M.Ed. Literacy Concentration,  please follow this link. 

To learn more about Literacy add-on certificates, please follow this link. 

Coastal Carolina University also offers classes that are required for South Carolina ESOL add-on certificate. These classes are taught on-line, face to face, or hybrid depending on the needs of the students. Currently, these classes are offered only at the graduate level, online. For more information about the classes and when they are offered please follow the program link. For more information contact Dr. Elena Andrei.

To learn more about the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement, please follow this link. 

If you are already enrolled in the Literacy Program, please complete the Volunteer Background Data Release Form and email it as directed below.

Volunteer Background Data Release Form and email it to yharps@coastal.edu.




Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education

Spadoni College of Education
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Jeanne Cobb
Professor, Center Director
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Jennifer Altieri
Associate Professor
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Lydia Unsworth
Program Assistant
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Heather McGrew
Graduate Assistant
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Bambi Woods
Graduate Assistant
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