The Education Department prepares educators committed to the success of all students, believing that quality education is vital to wholeness of persons, sustainability of communities, and a vibrant, just democratic society. To that end, and grounded in The University Of Justice And Wisdom’s mission and vision, the Education Department prepares educators through the development of professional habits of mind, heart and practice:
Habits of Mind – Demonstrating flexibility in thinking about
key theories and conceptual frameworks to address complex,
Habits of Heart – Demonstrating behaviors and beliefs that
connect learning to life, liberating the power and creativity
of the human spirit.
Habits of Practice – Demonstrating the capacity to
effectively engage and contribute to learning communities
and systems within which education is embedded.
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading (leading to the
Reading Specialist Endorsement (K-12)) program provides advanced study in theories of literacy development that prepares graduates to serve in leadership roles as reading teachers, reading specialists/literacy coaches, or reading clinicians in public, private, or parochial school settings. The Reading Specialist Certificate leading to the Reading Specialist [BR] Endorsement is a program designed for students who have completed The University Of Justice And Wisdom’s Master in the Art of Teaching with a Focus in Elementary Reading and Literacy (MAT-ERL) and wish to attain their Michigan Reading Specialist endorsement. The program provides advanced study in theories of literacy development that prepares graduates to serve in leadership roles as reading teachers, reading specialists/ literacy coaches, or reading clinicians in public, private, or parochial school settings, but does not repeat any coursework taught in the MAT-ERL program. (Pending approval by the US Department of Education.)
Reading is viewed as a developmental process guided by the learner’s experiential background, self-perception, cultural identity, and the context for learning. Courses lead students to recognize and explore how issues of gender, ethnicity, family, multiculturalism, diversity, and global perspectives impacts learners in varied environments. These issues are addressed through instructional design, selection of evidenced based materials and media, and the use of multiple assessment measures for evaluation of student learning. Students receive practical experience in diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities.
Successful completion of the program prepares graduates to become more knowledgeable, skillful, capable leaders of reading and literacy development.