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Department of Literacy and Elementary Education

Jennifer Berne

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education.

The Department of Literacy and Elementary Education prepares socially responsible practioner scholars to work and learn within multicultural and multilingual contexts. The department is committed to responsive teaching, learning, and leadership in the fields of literacy, science, and social studies for all learners. As the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education we promote:

Social justice and equitable education for all learners
Interdisciplinary learning
Collaboration, partnership, and outreach
Reflective inquiry.

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs propel our students to careers as classroom teachers, reading specialists, teachers of English learners, college/university professors, and policymakers in all facets of the education profession.

Please use this website as your first introduction to the ways in which the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education can help you reach your intellectual, academic, and career goals.

Dr. Jennifer Berne
Chair, Department of Literacy and Elementary Education


News Update:

  • Save the Date!! 2015 Summer Literacy Conference Beyond the Common Core for ELs: Taking ALL Educators to the Head of the Class June 16, 17 & 18, 2015.
  • ESL Certification available fully on-line for more information contact the Graduate Advisor Gail Schumacher.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Melanie Koss, winner of the Alyce Kramer Marcus Outstanding Educator Award.
  • Congratulations to our winter, 2013 graduates!

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