School of Education welcomes new leadership for M.Ed. in Literacy and Reading Endorsement programs

Academics,

In the world of education, inspired vision is key.

Dr. Beth Walsh-Moorman brings this to the table in spades. As the new assistant professor of literacy within the School of Education and Professional Studies at Lake Erie College, the lifelong educator will oversee the College’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy and Reading Endorsement programs, breathing new life and direction into these important offerings.

Originally from Lake County, Dr. Walsh-Moorman holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a literacy specialization from Kent State University, where she studied under renowned educator Dr. Timothy Rasinski. She has taught high school English for 22 years, beginning her career in the Ann Arbor area before teaching locally at Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Mentor, Gilmour and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin (NDCL) schools.

For the past two years, Beth has served as the English Department Chair and a literacy specialist for NCDL, working closely with content area teachers to improve literacy instruction across subjects. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at John Carroll University and Kent State, focusing her research on new literacies, disciplinary literacy, visual literacy, Socratic methods, reading fluency and mastery grading for writing coursework.  

Apart from the classroom, she has written the Penguin Random House official Teaching Guide for Colum McCann’s novel Let the Great World Spin and has published articles in top literacy journals, including Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and English Journal

Walsh-Moorman will put these many skills to use in her role at Lake Erie College as she coordinates the M.Ed. in Literacy and Reading Endorsement programs.

“I hope to build a program that prepares teachers to be literacy leaders whose students are ready for the complex literacy demands of the 21st century,” she said. “Pedagogy and theory will be relevant and current, with a strong focus on practical classroom-based practices.”

Students who pursue the reading endorsement will take five required courses: EMR 501 Theory and Practice of Reading (3 SH); EMR 504 Socio-Cultural Factors in Literacy (3 SH); EMR 502 Reading Strategies and Curriculum (3 SH); EMR 503 Assessments in Reading Instruction (3 SH); EMR 512 Professional Development and Field Research (3 SH).

While enrollment in the College’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) program is not a prerequisite for enrollment in the reading endorsement program, the reading endorsement courses are embedded in the M.Ed. degree. The M.Ed. program requires four core courses and a mandatory concentration in either literacy or TESOL.

“We look forward to the vision Dr. Walsh-Moorman will bring to the Master’s and Reading Endorsement programs. She is passionate about community outreach and accessibility to literacy experiences. Dr. Walsh-Moorman is a welcome addition to our collaborative faculty,” said Dr. Katharine Delavan, dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies.

In addition to her work overseeing the M.Ed. and Reading Endorsement programs, Walsh-Moorman intends to continue building community partnerships through LEC. She also aims to build a summer literacy program that will give children from Lake County access to the College’s campus and its talented education students.

For more information on the M.Ed in Literacy and the Reading Endorsement programs at Lake Erie College, contact Dr. Delavan at kdelavan@lec.edu.

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