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Graduate Program (MA)

Masters Programs Concentration of Study

Language and Literacy

The Masters concentration in Language and Literacy prepares students for careers in areas where knowledge of children's language and literacy development is required. Graduates of this program may work with children, families, and educators in a variety of school and clinical settings. The concentration offers courses in language development, reading development, language and reading disorders, and bilingualism, bilingual education and the education of dual-language learners (DLLs), and American Sign Language.

MA Proseminar (1 course for 0.5)

Foundational and Theory requirements (2 courses)

  • Language Development CSHD155 (required)
  • Contemporary and Critical Perspectives in Child Development, CSHD 211
  • Advanced Intellectual Development, CSHD51, 251 or approved alternate
  • Advanced Personal and Social development, CSHD161, 261 or approved alternate
  • Adolescent Development, CSHD 168
  • Applied Developmental Science Theory, CSHD248

Research methods (1 course)

  • Research Design and Methods, CSHD142
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods, CSHD144
  • Program Evaluation, CSHD247 (typically for students interested in policy, advocacy or program development)

Statistical methods (1 course; required for thesis track only)

  • Statistical methods, CSHD 140 or approved alternate

Core Concentration Electives (2 courses)

  • Assessment of children, CSHD 120
  • Assessing young children with special needs, CSHD 121
  • American Sign Language levels 1 - 3, CSHD 124, 125, 126
  • Development of literacy, CSHD 154
  • Young Child's Development of Language, CSHD 155
  • Developmental neuroscience and disorders of development, CSHD 156
  • Reading and language arts for young children, CSHD 172
  • Children's literature, CSHD 176
  • Bilingual children in U.S. Schools, CSHD 177
  • Teaching through drama and improvisation, CSHD 187
  • Children with special needs, CSHD 190
  • Developmental disorders in language and reading, CSHD 195
  • Language disorders and differences in children, CSHD 195m
  • Learning disorders, CSHD 197

General Electives (2 courses if on thesis track; 3 courses if on applied track)
Any electives in the Child Development Gradate Program

Applied or Thesis Track

  • For the thesis track, 1.5 credits consisting thesis (CSHD245 and CSHD246), public defense and attendance at the defenses of 3 other MA students.
  • For applied track, 1 credit for applied internship (CSHD232) and 0.5 for capstone seminar (CSHD143)