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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy

Concordia University - Portland's Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Adolescent Literacy program was developed for those looking to positively impact adolescent literacy in schools. Learn more about this online MEd program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Adolescent Literacy

School Offering Program:

Concordia University - Portland

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of Concordia University Portland's MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Adolescent Literacy program should have a desire to help struggling readers overcome their challenges. Applicants will need to have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. All applicants to Concordia University - Portland should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Concordia University - Portland's MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Adolescent Literacy program gives students the opportunity to learn new methods to assess and evaluate literacy programs in a variety of settings. Students could gain new insight in identifying struggling students and develop curriculum that may help those with disorders and disabilities. Graduates of this program may also have developed an understanding of the moral leadership required in creating effective instructional plans that take into account the special needs of individuals and classroom diversity. Coursework may delve into the use of technology in improving adolescent literacy, child language acquisition, and current psychological research on theories of teaching and learning. This program is not intended to prepare graduates for state certification or licensing requirements.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Concordia University - Portland's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Adolescent Literacy:

This MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program in Adolescent Literacy includes ten courses that make up 30 credits; 12 credits are from core courses, 12 are from concentration courses, and another 6 are from the research and capstone courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Concordia University - Portland to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • Developing Character through the Curriculum
  • Theories of Teaching and Learning
  • Community of Learners
  • Contemporary Educational Thought

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Adolescent Literacy: The Challenges
  • A Developmental Approach to Language Acquisition
  • Academic Literacy: Reading and Writing in the Disciplines
  • Improving Adolescent Literacy: Transformative Intervention Strategies and the Use of Technology

Research Courses (6 credits)

  • Educational Research
  • Students choose one capstone course:
    • Action Research
    • Practitioner Inquiry

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completion of the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Adolescent Literacy program, students could choose to pursue a doctoral degree, which could lead to leadership or postsecondary teaching positions in the future. Doctoral degrees that graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • EdD in Higher Education
  • EdD in Instructional Leadership
  • EdD in Administrative Leadership

Career Paths:

The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Adolescent Literacy program was created to give students the chance to improve career potential in the education field. Upon completion of Concordia University - Portland's Adolescent Literacy program, graduates might pursue higher level educational career opportunities.

Possible careers related to this program include:

  • Division or department chair
  • K-12 director of curriculum & instruction
  • Adolescent literacy consultant
  • Advisor to textbook publishers
  • Higher education instructor of teaching or reading

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