Reading, Language & Literature

The Reading, Language and Literature Program prepares graduates to work in schools, school districts or private organizations as classroom or reading teachers, clinicians, consultants or program coordinators, or, at the doctoral level, in colleges or universities as teacher educators and/or researchers.

The degree and certificate programs have been designed in accordance with International Reading Association Guidelines for the Specialized Preparation of Reading Professionals, the Michigan criteria for reading endorsements, the State of Michigan Definition of Reading and National Council of Teachers of English standards for the English Language Arts.

Therefore, the program develops understanding of:

  • Various reading theories
  • The relationship between theory, research and practice
  • Factors that affect reading-the reader, text, and context-as well as social, psychological, cultural and political factors
  • Research in literacy and the capacity to participate in a variety of types of research related to literacy instruction.

Please explore each degree area listed on the menu for more information or for information on  English Education and Elementary Education.

Hybrid program option: As of 2015-16, the Master's in Reading, Language and Literature and Reading Specialist Endorsement programs will be offered in hybrid formats, allowing for students to take advantage of both in-classroom and online learning activities. 

Report to Stakeholders - (2015-16)

The Reading, Language & Literature and English Education programs are committed to Wayne State University’s program assessment initiative and the programs document programmatic assessment plans in Compliance Assist, the University’s virtual assessment storehouse.  Faculty in these two programs have articulated programmatic outcomes, are purposefully measuring the extent to which those outcomes are reached, and are actively engaged in efforts to deepen student learning.  Assessment data are collected on an ongoing basis as it pertains to programmatic learning outcomes and, as data are reviewed, course assignments and rubrics are also reviewed and potentially revised.  Stakeholders will be informed of divisional programmatic assessment updates on an annual basis on this website.

Focus in the 2015-2016 academic year was placed on the following outcomes:

  • Doctoral Education
    • The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique existing research in literacy.
  • Educational Specialist
    • The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique existing research in literacy.
  • Master’s Education (RLL)
    • The student will demonstrate the ability to critically examine educational research and connect it to practice.
  • Master’s Education (English Education)
    • Students will begin to recognize the relationship between language, culture and identity and its significance and application for teaching English language arts.