The Literacy Matters project prepares TWU graduates for professional practice in childrenís services with specialized knowledge and experience in literacy development and family literacy practices.
Students admitted to this project will receive the following:†
- Full tuition for 36 semester credit hours of MLS degree work;
- Travel stipend to attend the required cohort orientation in January 2013;
- Travel stipend to attend the TLA Annual Conferences in 2013 and 2014;
- Travel stipend to attend the Billie J. Askew Literacy Institute in 2014.
Selection of members for the Literacy Matters cohort will be based on the following criteria:
- An earned Bachelorís degree;
- Employment, service, and involvement with one or more Texas public libraries;
- Evidence of interest in early childhood literacy service; and
- Demonstrated commitment to serving culturally diverse populations.
Students selected for the cohort will begin work on the MLS degree in January 2013, taking two online courses per semester, and will graduate in December 2014. The sequence of courses is:
- LS 5083 Foundations of Library and Information Studies
- LS 5013 Information Organization and Retrieval
- LS 5043 Information and Communication Technology
- LS 5003 Collection Development
- LS 5263 Information Sources and Services
- LS 5383 Library Management
- Choice of one of the following: LS 5523 Multicultural Librarianship, FS 5533 Parenting Education, or READ 5533 Foundations of Early Literacy
- LS 5643 Literacy Programs in Libraries
- LS 5303 The Public Library†
- LS 5603 Literature for Children and Young Adults
- LS 5343 Youth Programs
- LS 5843 Practicum
In addition to coursework, Literacy Matters cohort students will participate in the following:
- Required orientation on the TWU Denton campus in January 2013
- Formalized mentoring process
- Online forum for the cohort
- Literacy Matters project blog
- TLA†Annual Conferences in 2013 and 2014
- Billie J. Askew Literacy Institute in 2014
Applicants to TWU SLIS must submit two different sets of materials, one to the TWU Admissions Office and one to the SLIS office. Please follow the admissions instructions on the†Masterís Degree Admissions page of the SLIS website.
In addition, Literacy Matters project applicants must submit a†Literacy Matters Application Cover Sheet to the SLIS office with the required SLIS application materials.
To ensure that your application receives full consideration, it should be received by the TWU SLIS office by October 15, 2012.
Literacy Matters Contact Information
Phone: (940) 898-2602
Institute of Museum and Library Services
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