CWUNews FeedNews Feed Education Major Has NOT Been Eliminated from Course of Studies!, 21 Oct 2014 09:55:47<p>Dr. Janet Finke, Department Chair, has announced that the Special Education Major will continue. "The Broad Area Major," she said, "is the program that is being removed. It had not been chosen by the majority of the Special Education Majors due to endorsement issues. Consequently, few if any of our students will be impacted by the change."</p>CWU’s Global Literacy Development Program Useful to Many Careers, 28 Feb 2013 08:33:55<p><img alt="" src="/language-literacy/sites/" style="width: 120px; height: 120px; "></p><p>February 28, 2013</p><p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Central Washington University's Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education now offers the Global Literacy Development Certificate, an online certificate program designed to help its graduates navigate literacy issues locally and on an international scale. It provides a distinct foundation toward the pursuit of a variety of career--not only in education, but also in business and the sciences.</p><p>According to Judy Backlund, program co-director (with Janet Finke), the skills learned in the Global Literacy curriculum will allow individuals to foster literacy in a variety of contexts around the world.</p><p>“Global literacy also embraces a cultural literacy, which allows people to be “fluent” in backgrounds and beliefs, in addition to the written word.</p><p>“Students can apply the concepts in this program to virtually any community, whether Katmandu, Timbuktu, a reservation in Oklahoma, or an inner city neighborhood in Detroit,” said Backlund, who has taught in many countries, including South Sudan and China. “No matter where they are, individuals want to better themselves, and literacy is the cornerstone of that improvement.”</p><p>Backlund points out that the special studies section of the certificate is focused on adult literacy—“there is a real pull towards teaching adults to read and write.” She notes that literacy can have profound impacts in small ways, such as being able to read dosing instructions on a medicine bottle.</p><p>The 18-credit program is designed to prepare individuals to work in communities locally and around the world to promote literacy growth. Certificate holders will have the basic, foundational knowledge about literacy development as well as organizational communication skills to support, sustain, and enhance literacy.</p><p>Although the certificate program can stand alone, the credits earned can be applied toward a minor in literacy. Individuals may apply for the program beginning in March.</p><p>For more information about the Global Literacy Development Certificate, go to or contact Judy Backlund, 509-963-1715,</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p>ELL Endorsement Program Goes Online!, 22 Feb 2013 14:23:32<p><strong>“They don’t speak English very well! What do I do?”</strong> This question is being asked more often by teachers in all areas of the state. Central Washington University’s Bilingual Education/ Teaching English as a Second Language Program is proud to offer an English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement option for certified teachers online!</p><p>For more information, <a href="">click here</a> or contact Dr. Craig A. Hughes at or 509-963-1269.</p>CWU’s Online Degree Programs Target Vital Literacy Needs, 11 Jan 2013 11:57:35<p><img alt="" src="/language-literacy/sites/" style="width: 276px; height: 183px; "></p><p>January 11, 2013</p><p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Nearly 32 million American adults, or 14 percent of the population, are illiterate; nearly 21 percent—almost a quarter of the adult population—read below a fifth grade level, according to a 2012 National Institute of Literacy study. Even more shocking, nearly one-fifth of the number of high school graduates—19 percent—leave school unable to read.</p><p>Central Washington University is working to improve these dire statistics by creating programs that make it easier for teachers to improve their skills in teaching reading.</p><p>“Literacy is the foundation of education,” said Sharryn Walker, professor, Language, Literacy, and Special Education. “And every K-12 teacher is a teacher of literacy, no matter what subject they teach. These online programs can really help teachers assess their students’ reading skills and provide extra help when needed.”</p><p>CWU’s Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education has launched two online programs designed to help teachers attain advanced certification. One is a reading endorsement for K-12 teachers; the other is an online Master of Education in Literacy.</p><p>Designed for working teachers, the master’s degree can be completed in eight or nine quarters; the reading endorsement may be completed in five quarters. The courses are set up so that practicing teachers can complete the experiences in their own classrooms. The department is accepting applications now, and will continue to take applications through the end of May. Both cohorts will begin summer 2013.</p><p>“The online summer session is very intensive,” said Walker. “Students will earn eight credits in six weeks, which means a lot of reading, collaborating with classmates and professors on Blackboard, and regular written assignments.”</p><p>The reading endorsement option is open to all certified educators who teach through grade 12. The Master of Education—Literacy (formerly known as MEd—Reading Specialist) program is designed to allow candidates to pursue graduate-level study in the various levels of literacy through an online format. The successful candidate will be able to work as a Reading Specialist or Literacy Coach.</p><p>“The online program works for teachers of all grade levels, since they can tailor their coursework to what is happening in their classrooms,” said Walker. “These programs, in addition to helping students, enable teachers to further their career. Both the endorsement and the master’s degree give teachers a little more flexibility in their career, and can provide more opportunities for transfer and advancement.”</p><p>For more information, contact Sharryn Walker, 509-963-2133, or e-mail<br>&nbsp;</p>