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    May 26, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Master of Arts in Literacy Education (MALEd)

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The courses in the Master of Arts in Literacy Education (MALED) will provide a comprehensive, rigorous focus on literacy instruction and leadership.

Acquired skills and knowledge

Teachers who graduate from the MALED program will:

  • Develop the expertise, confidence and skills needed to become teacher leaders in their classrooms, schools and communities.
  • Gain experience staying abreast of literacy theory, research and classroom application.
  • Become supporters, promoters and advocates of literacy in schools and communities.

Conceptual framework and guiding questions

The Professional Education Program at Hamline University is committed to developing teacher-leaders who promote equity in schools and society, build communities of teachers and learners, construct knowledge, and practice thoughtful inquiry and reflection. This conceptual framework is reflected in a series of guiding questions woven throughout the MALED curriculum.

Each required course has a set of guiding questions. The following is a sampling from one of the required courses, GED 8030: Essentials in Literacy & Learning:

  • What is literacy and how does the expanding definition of literacy affect teaching and learning?
  • What is the relationship between literacy theories and beliefs, values and practices?
  • How does a theoretical context for understanding research support study in diverse educational contexts?
  • How can seminal literacy research in language, literacy and culture inform practice?
  • What are the foundations of building and sustaining a learning community of literacy professionals?
  • How do the essentials in literacy and learning contribute to the research base for the capstone?

MALED Degree Requirements (34 credits and 3.0 GPA):

Electives (10 credits)

Elective credits should be literacy-focused. Most elective choices are made to meet students’ professional learning needs. Elective coursework for this degree may be acquired through the K-12 Reading License program and other relevant School of Education and Leadership graduate-level courses.

Note: Co-sponsored courses offered through the School of Education and Leadership Continuing Studies program may be applied to degree program requirements up to 25% of the total credits.

Capstone (4 credits)

Choose either Capstone Project or Capstone Thesis I and II.

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