SHSU Literacy Professionals Earn High Distinction
Sam Houston State University became the sixth institution in the country to receive the 国际 Literacy Association’s (ILA) National 识别, a seal of approval reserved for colleges and universities that exemplify the best in teacher preparation for literacy professionals. SHSU’s Master of 教育 in reading and language arts with a reading specialist certification specifically garnered the award.
“We are proud to offer our candidates a high-quality, nationally recognized program that builds and maintains a community of Bearkat literacy leaders who, 在一起, positively impact and engage with literacy learning at all levels,帕特里夏·达勒姆说, the graduate program’s coordinator and an associate professor at SHSU.
The master’s program is designed for practicing professionals in the field of literacy and strives to develop reflective practitioners with the knowledge and skills for effective reading and language arts instruction for early childhood through secondary learners.
“It becomes more than just a degree or a set of coursework,达勒姆说. “It becomes the identity of a set of colleagues working 在一起 to improve all levels of literacy learning. That is something I know our faculty holds true and that is the special spice that we add into our program. We may be fully online, but we are present and engaging. That is what our students value and I hope future students will, as well.”
National 识别 is designed to set institutions of higher learning apart by using high benchmarks to determine outstanding licensure, 证书, and endorsement programs through a meticulous review process.
“It is a process of self-study where they require you to narratively represent the program, how it meets its seven standards for literacy specialists in the nation and how we align our curriculum with that,达勒姆说. “We first looked at the objectives for our courses and where they fall on the matrix using their standards.”
The faculty collaborated to build the narrative for each course and how they support the development of a literary or reading specialist. 160 hours of field experience across multiple grades allows them to apply theory and knowledge of the standards, 州和国家.
The distinction puts SHSU on a short list with Loyola University (Maryland), 麦克丹尼尔学院, 圣母学院, Salisbury University and The University of Texas Permian Basin. They will now be invited to move into a second phase of the review process that could potentially lead to ILA National 识别 With Distinction, the top honor in the National 识别 program, which identifies schools that exceed the ILA’s rigorous standards. Universities that have achieved this honor include Grambling State University, 北乔治亚大学, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 和西弗吉尼亚大学.
“They will dive deeper into our program at the next level and interview faculty, staff and the community partners that we have,达勒姆说. “This will continue to highlight and showcase the integrity that we have as a teacher-education program and sustain the reputation that we have as high-quality educators.”
For more information on ILA and its National 识别 program, click here.
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