The Language, Literacy and Composition (LLCS) Specialization is housed within the Teaching and Learning Emphasis. Key challenges to be addressed by participants in this specialization are:
Understanding and enhancing language, literacy, and composition practices.
Assessing learning and learners of language, literacy, and composition.
Understanding and developing literacy processes of learners, programs, and communities.
Understanding and improving methods of instruction in language, literacy, and composition.
Understanding and enhancing the relationship between schooled literacy and literacy in non-school settings.
Understanding and responding to societal and institutional supports and constraints on literacy and language learning in K-12 and other educational settings.
Understanding and supporting diversity in language, literacy, and composition practice and education.
Developing practices and programs to prepare and support language, literacy, and composition educators.
Understanding, articulating, and improving the relationships between K-12 and post-secondary education.
Understanding the transformative potential of technology on language, literacy, and composition practices and providing leadership for the use of technology to advance language, literacy, and composition learning.
We will address these challenges as applied in a variety of sites of education and practice, including pre-kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, community colleges, universities, business and industry, institutional and professional settings, adult and senior education, community programs, and distance education. People obtaining degrees in the language, literacy, and composition specialization of Teaching and Learning will be qualified for positions in literacy education and literacy studies in schools of education, in teacher education programs, in programs in college composition and rhetoric, in cultural studies of literacy, and in administration and policy at all levels of literacy education.
LLCS students should fulfill the requirements for the Teaching and Learning Emphasis. For more information about the courses below, use the courses link on the upper right of this page. The following courses should be of particular interest to LLCS students:
Literacy and Language Theory and Studies:
Teaching and Learning in Educational Settings:
Language Socialization, Acquisition, and Development:
Research Methods and Issues:
Related Courses in Other Departments: