Plan of Work

Students entering this program should consult with an advisor before taking any courses. 

Note: A Plan of Work must be submitted to the Academic Services Division for approval, prior to completion of 12 semester hours of graduate coursework. 


The degree requirements are offered under Plan C requiring a minimum of 33 credits in coursework distributed as follows; RLL 7100, 7200, 7300, 7500, 7400 and 7350; 6 six credits in general professional courses; and 6 elective credits.

"Plan of Work" Consists of the Following Components

Major Requirements

RLL 7100 and RLL 7200 are pre-requisites for RLL 7300, 7400 and 7500; therefore students should take those courses first. It is also recommended that RLL 7100, 7200, 7300, 7400 and 7500 be taken in sequence. Additionally,  RLL 7400 is a 6 credit hour course spread across 2 semesters. Students must plan to take this course on the same night of the week for 2 consecutive (Fall-Winter) semesters.

RLL 7100 Emergent Literacy Cr. 3
Variety of theories, organization and instructional strategies involved in the beginning stages of literacy; their application to the classroom.

RLL 7200 Comprehension Cr. 3
Prereq: RLL 7100

Models of comprehension, factors that affect comprehension, instructional methods, reading/writing connection, evaluation (pre-K to adult).

RLL 7300 Literacy Across the Curriculum Cr. 3
Prereq: RLL 7100, 7200.

Theoretical bases for teaching literacy across the curriculum; strategies for organization and instruction. Action research as a tool for learning.

RLL 7350 Organization & Supervision of Literacy Programs Cr. 3
Prereq: RLL 7100, 7200.

Factors necessary to organize and supervise literacy programs. Topics include: curriculum development for a variety of needs, evaluation of programs, resources and material; staff development; communicating with parents, other professionals, and the public.

RLL 7400 Practicum and Seminar in Evaluation and Instruction Cr. 3 (6 Req.)
Prereq: RLL 7100, 7200.

Offered for S and U grades only. Must be elected in consecutive Fall and Winter semesters; credit awarded only on completion of second semester. Evaluation and literacy competencies of learners, methods of instruction, use of portfolios and reports to document progress; applied during supervised tutoring.

RLL 7500 Theoretical Foundations for Literacy Cr. 3
Prereq: RLL 7100, 7200.

Implications of theories from sociology, psychology, linguistics, semiotics and related fields, for the development of literacy.

General Professional Courses

Students choose 3 courses (2 semester hours each) from 2 different areas for a total of 6 semester hours.

EER 7610 Evaluation and Research Cr. 2
Principles and practices of evaluation and measurement with special focus on behavioral goals. Informal and formal evaluation strategies. Problems of self-evaluation. Logical, philosophical, and linguistic problems of evaluation methods and devices. Metrical analyses and standards. Innovations in educational assessment and accountability. Teacher-made tests.

EDA 7600 Education Administration Cr. 2
Major organizational, financial, administrative, legal and extra-legal problems affecting public education in the United States. Role of the educator in effecting change.

EDP 5450, 5480 or 7350 Educational Psychology Cr. 2

EDP 5450 Child Psychology Cr. 2
Prereq: admission to College of Education. Basic concepts, research findings and problems regarding child, pre-adolescent and early adolescent developmental needs as they apply to school and home environments; includes study of exceptional children and those with cultural differences.

EDP 5480 Adolescent Psychology Cr. 2
Prereq: admission to College of Education. Basic concepts, research findings and problems regarding early adolescent and adolescent developmental needs as they apply to school and home environments; includes study of exceptional children and those with cultural differences.


EDP 7350 The Learning Process Cr. 2
Substantive issues involved in learning as they relate to school practice.

EDS 7630 Educational Sociology Cr. 2
Application of key sociological concepts and knowledge to educational processes in school and society. Basis for advanced specialist work in educational sociology.

CED 6700 The Role of the Teacher in Guidance Cr. 2
Prereq: admission to College of Education. Introduction to guidance principles, techniques and roles, with stress on classroom application. Experiential laboratory sessions required to sensitize educators to the basic ideas and skills involved in being a helper. Primarily for school personnel other than counselors.

EHP 7600 Philosophy of Education. Cr. 2

Philosophic inquiry into educational theory and practice. For teachers, counselors, curriculum directors, administrators, and those in related professions.

SED 7050 Inclusive Teaching. Cr. 2

Open only to non-majors. Strategies and techniques for teaching children and youth with differing academic, social-emotional, and sensory-physical abilities together in general education, using best instructional practices.


Students select 2 courses totaling 6 credit hours in subjects related to literacy. At least 3 semester hours must be in survey course of children's or adolescent literature (RLL 7750 and EED 6310). The remaining 3 semester hours can be satisfied through special topics offered as RLL 7600, Current Topics in Literacy Education, or in other appropriate literacy courses. All courses are chosen with an advisor's approval.

RLL 7600 Current Developments in Literacy Education Cr. 1-6
Topics of current interest; review of literature, discussion of educational implications.

RLL 7750  Survey and Analysis of Current Literature for Children:  Preschool-Grade 8 Cr. 3
Intensive examination of books for children in preschool through eighth grade.  Analysis of literary and extra-literary factors affecting the child's experience with fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

EED 6310 Young Adult Literature Cr. 3

Standards for evaluating young adult literature.  Selection of literature for individual students in relation to interest and reading ability. Use of classroom collections. Techniques for helping students read poetry, drama and fiction.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 6 graduate semester credits from another university may be transferred and applied to your program provided the courses are approved by your advisor and the College of Education Academic Services Division.  Such courses must be graduate level courses with grades of "B" or better. However, a minimum of 24 semester credits towards the master's degree must be earned in residence at Wayne State University.

Time Limitations

Students must complete the requirements for the Master of Education within 6 years following the date of the first recorded graduate courses to be used for your degree.