Dec 09, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Literacy Instruction for Urban Environments, M.A. (On Hiatus)

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Contact Information

Program Director: Morgan Freidman

Academic Advisor: Terri Taylor


The fully online Master of Arts in Literacy for Urban Schools program empowers teachers in urban settings to make an impact on the education of struggling readers. Coursework will focus on strategies that integrate research and theory into practice, whether it is in the classroom or at the district level. Recognizing the diversity of learning styles in the classroom, graduates of this program will gain the skill set to assess learners and adapt curriculum to meet the needs of all students. The program meets the needs of PK-12 classroom teachers nationwide and fits candidates’ demanding schedules via its fully online design.

Program Outcomes

As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Apply current evidence-based and developmentally appropriate strategies in the following areas: oral language development, word analysis, fluency, vocabulary development, listening and reading comprehension, and written language development
  • Demonstrate mastery of basic principles of assessment by evaluating the needs of all students through the use of formative and summative assessment
  • Implement appropriate literacy learning strategies using differentiated instruction
  • Demonstrate support of excellence in teaching reading and provide appropriate intervention strategies
  • Create positive literacy environments to motivate and engage all learners using current technologies
  • Take steps to serve as a leader to develop and maintain reading initiative at the school site or district level
  • Collaborate with parents/families and community to enrich or reform the teaching of reading practices

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Statement of Intent
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Technology Requirement Form
  • 2 sealed official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Interview with Program Director/Assistant Director
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL or IELTS minimum score

Program Requirements

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