Hello, I'm Dr. Valerie Shinas, Chair of Language and Literacy here in the Graduate School of Education. One question students often ask me is this: Why should I study literacy? Well, that's a great question and an important one. Strong literacy skills are essential for academic success and allow all students to access rigorous standards-based curriculum. Effective literacy instruction can also help close the intractable persistent achievement gap. Graduate study in one of our programs will prepare you to do the important work of helping striving readers become lifelong readers and writers. You'll learn evidence-based practices that prepare you to provide targeted differentiated intervention.
You may also be interested in learning how to support our growing population of second language learners. This is an area of critical need. All of our programs invite you to explore high quality children's literature and use it to enrich your literacy lessons. By pursuing graduate study in one of our language and literacy programs, you will be better able to help all students become motivated readers, writers and learners. If you're interested in learning more, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm looking forward to chatting with you.
Hello, if you are watching this video, you've probably expressed an interest in learning a little bit more about the Lesley University Reading Specialist Program. And I'm here to just give you a brief summary, a little overview of the Lesley University Reading Specialist Programs. Just as a general statement, if you are interested in becoming a Reading Specialist, that role, going forward, includes preparation to be an interventionist, or a literacy coach, or a literacy leader in curriculum instruction and assessment in your school or district.
Our master's degree program takes you through a deep dive in so many aspects of literacy from theoretical perspectives to a good emphasis on practical application in your classroom. Our master's degree program includes the practicum and prepares you for endorsement for licensure in the state. The courses range from Culturally Responsive Teaching, Essential Linguistics, Writing K through 12, Assessments, Illiteracy Focus, Working with Struggling Readers and Writers, our practicum, a class that takes you to a better understanding of the roles and the potential of the varying roles of the Reading Specialist, content area literacy, and, of course, children's literature, both fiction and nonfiction. If you are a classroom teacher, already have a master's degree, and you are interested in adding a license as a Reading Specialist, we have a variable credit option for you, and you are able to design a program, a pathway that makes sense for you based on your existing transcripts and your CV. So please feel free to visit our Lesley University website and learn a little bit more about the classes, the programs and our wonderful professors. Have a great day, and I hope to see you at Lesley University.