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Literacy Education



Degrees Offered: M.A., M.Ed.



G. Belliveau, M. Bryson, T. Dobson, L. Gunderson, J. Hare, J. Jenson, M. Kendrick, K. Kumpulainen, G. Li, T. Rogers.

Associate Professors

C. K. Galla, D. Gladwin.

Assistant Professors

A. Ahmed, M. Corella, R. Darvin, H. Rajagopal.

Program Overview

The graduate program in Literacy Education (LITR) in the Department of Language and Literacy Education offers opportunities to study in the areas of English Education, Drama Education and Reading from cognitive, social, cultural, and poststructuralist perspectives. Research areas within the program include: child language development in education, composition (writing); early, intermediate, adolescent and adult literacy; family literacy; children's and young adult literature; Indigenous literacy; teacher librarianship; and arts-based and multimodal approaches to literacy learning.

Students who would like to undertake a Ph.D. specializing in Literacy Education can do so through the program in Language and Literacy Education.

Full-time and part-time study options are offered.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements, the program normally requires:

  1. 18 credits of senior coursework or a professional concentration in the area of interest, and
  2. two years of teaching experience or other relevant professional experience.

Program Requirements

The program consists of 30 credits. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300- or 400-level. A 9-credit thesis (LLED_V 599) is included.

Master of Education

Admission Requirements

Same as for the M.A.

Program Requirements

The program consists of a minimum of 30 credits, of which 24 must be courses numbered at the 500-level. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300- or 400- level. Students select either a program consisting entirely of courses (for example, ten 3-credit courses) or 27 credits of coursework, plus a graduating project (3 credits).

Contact Information

Department of Language and Literacy Education
2013-6445 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2
Graduate Programs Assistant
Tel: 604.822.8259
Fax: 604.822.3154

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