Academics

Program Length

LMU’s fully online Master of Arts in Urban Reading program is designed for the working professional, giving you the convenience of studying and learning during hours that work for you.

The program can be completed in only 2 years by taking the full course load of two classes in the fall semesters, two classes in the spring semesters and two classes in the summer.

The flexibility of LMU’s online program allows students to work full-time while taking the full course load.

Program Structure

Courses in LMU’s fully online Master of Arts in Urban Reading program are offered asynchronously. You can participate in course discussions at any time, day or night. Most students enter the online learning environment several times each week, so you can “attend class” and work on assignments when it is most convenient for you. Courses may include optional synchronous meetings to enhance your learning experience.

Course Sequence

Year 1

  • Fall
    • EDES 6001: Theory and Applications in Developmental Reading Instruction  
    • EDES 6002: Assessing the Reading Performance of Struggling Readers
  • Spring
    • EDUR 6100: Anthropological Analysis of Cultural Diversity
    • EDES 6003: Detection and Diagnosis of Literacy Difficulties
  • Summer I
    • EDES 6004: Looking at the Classroom Through a Linguistic Lens
  • Summer II
    • EDES 6005: Resourcing and Implementing Technology for Effective Reading

 

 Year 2 

  • Fall
    • EDES 6006: Literary Curriculum and Design Implementation
    • EDES 6007: Critical Analysis of Current Literacy Education in Urban Schools
  • Spring
    • EDES 6008: Motivating All Readers in the Content Areas
    • EDES 6009: Evidence-Based Strategies in Reading for Emergent Bilingual Readers  
  • Summer I
    • EDES 6995: Culminating Experience

     

Course Descriptions 

EDES 6001: Theory and Applications in Developmental Reading Instruction 
This graduate course considers linguistic, physiological, psychological, and cultural concerns which address the literacy needs of all learners, which include differentiated instruction, response to intervention, and literacy techniques for English language learners. Approaches, methods, processes and techniques for teaching literacy skills in grades P-12 are discussed. 

EDES 6002: Assessing the Reading Performance of Struggling Readers
Principles of assessment, evaluation, and prognostic procedure in reading. Use of effective formal and informal assessments and evaluation instruments for all students. Communication of assessment results to stakeholders; alignment of assessment with instructional programs.

EDUR 6100: Anthropological Analysis of Cultural Diversity
An in-depth study of cultural diversity using methods from educational sociology and anthropology. The course will examine the major theoretical models advocating responses to cultural diversity and their practical implications for education. Themes/issues covered: contemporary demographics, genetic and cultural deficit theory, cultural mismatch theory, cultural ecological theory (neo-Vygotskian) and culturally responsive introduction, multicultural education and intecultural communication, critical pedagogy, and qualitative evaluation.

EDES 6003: Detection and Diagnosis of Literacy Difficulties 
This course is a study of the detection and diagnosis of literacy difficulties of elementary, middle, and high school students. It includes an introduction and examination of methods and materials best suited for correcting reading deficiencies as well as techniques for promoting better reading, writing, and study habits. 

EDES 6004: Looking at the Classroom Through a Linguistic Lens
This course provides opportunity to study teaching as a linguistic process for creating and maintaining classroom culture. The course emphasizes a holistic exploration of the influences of language interactions (examinng language attitudes and practices through discourse analysis), language structure (phonology and phonetics, morphology and syntax), language assessment, and language/literacy development as foundations for first and second language and literacy acquisition. 

EDES 6005: Resourcing and Implementing Technology for Effective Reading 
This course is designed to explore the impact that technology has on reading instruction. Through individual and group projects, using a variety of media, topics cover children and adolescent literature, current research, emerging trends, and practical classroom applications. Inquiry into topics such as: educational technology policies, both nationally and locally, the digital divide, gender and ethnic bias, evaluation and appropriate use of educational technologies and assistive technologies.

EDES 6006: Literacy Curriculum and Design Implementation 
What should students learn and be taught in the classroom? Who decides the content and how it should be taught? How will we know that all students have mastered it? From antiquity to the present, human beings have clashed over these fundamental yet highly charged questions regarding the nature of curriculum. Drawing on theory and practice, past and present, this course explores answers to the above questions and and looks at the direction of today's education policies and practices, especially with regard to curriculum standards, accountability, and student assessment under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA-2015). 

EDES 6007: Critical Analysis of Current Literacy Education in Urban Schools 
In this course, candidates will engage in a critical analysis of literacy research that examines current models of the reading process and their influence on the curriculum, as well as instructional and assessment issues in reading language arts. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of how students from a variety of socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds learn to read. 

EDES 6008: Motivating All Readers in the Content Areas 
This course examines the teaching of reading in and across the subject matter disciplines. It will provide research-based foundational knowledge to help teachers make sound instructional decisions for struggling readers with regards to content-area reading instruction and intervention methods for middle school, high school and adult readers in under resourced settings. 

EDES 6009: Evidence-Based Strategies in Reading for Emergent Bilingual Readers 
This course will explore the role language differences play in learning to read and comprehend English. Since most major urban centers in the US have a large percentage of language minority students, teachers need to be aware of evidence-based strategies and practices that will promote and encourage learning for all children.