Ray Travel Award and Career Development Grant Opportunities!

Apply for the Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship

The Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship awards up to $1,000/year for conference travel.

Funding Period 2 Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Conference dates must begin on/ between: October 1, 2017- December 31, 2017

See our webpage for information:


Questions? Contact Amanda Montoya.1@osu.edu


Apply for the Career Development Grant

The Career Development Grant awards up to $350/year for professional development (non research activities).

Funding Period 2 Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Expense dates must begin on/ between: October 1, 2017- December 31, 2017

See our webpage for information:


Questions? Contact Liz Koss.31@osu.edu


EDUTL 7431&2 Ethnography of Literacy and Language

EDUTL 7431&2 Ethnography of Literacy and Language

College of Education and Human Ecology /Department of Teaching and Learning

This is a year-long, two semester course

4 graduate credit hours each semester

Autumn 2017 & Spring 2018 semesters

Wednesdays 7:05-9:25pm

Course Series Description:

Ethnographers of Literacy and Language study written and oral language practices as they are embedded in various social and cultural contexts. This makes Ethnography of Literacy and Language a fertile framework for research involving the use and acquisition of literacy, language and literacy socialization, language and identity, bilingualism, vernacular dialect speakers, English language learners, and other topics pertinent to people from pre-school through adulthood, their families, schools, and communities representing a range of diversity including but not limited to culture, ethnicity, gender, ability, socioeconomics, and religion.

Highly recommended for those considering literacy or language-focused research for their dissertations and future areas of study.

This two-semester course introduces the Ethnography of Literacy and Language as a field of inquiry.  Students conduct their own field-based ethnographic studies.   Many students are able to present their studies at research conferences and some have published their research.

Autumn semester: Students learn about theories and methodologies used in this field, select a topic and population for research, critically review available literature on that topic, population, & identify a field site for research. In addition, examples of research carried out within this tradition are provided.

Spring semester: Students continue to learn about theory and concepts relevant to the field but focus more on methodology and methods by carrying out a small study of literacy and/or language in a particular context in settings, usually within Central Ohio through participant-observation, writing field notes, audio and video taping communicative practices, collecting documents & conducting surveys – & data analysis – such as writing analytic memos, coding field notes and transcriptions of taped discourse, developing models, and reporting on the research.

For more information contact Laurie Katz at Katz.124@osu.edu and/or Mollie Blackburn at Blackburn.99@osu.edu  

Fall 2017 Course Highlights!

As you finalize your Fall 2017 course schedule, we’ve provided a few courses you might be interested in. Be sure to check in with your Faculty Advisor to make sure that they align with your academic specialization! Courses specifically meeting a required or elective course for a specialization are indicated in parentheses.

EDUTL 6050: Multiple Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

This course, which is a core requirement for all T&L Master of Arts (M.A.) students, is recommended for individuals who do not have a strong academic background in education. Domestic and international students develop understanding of the core concepts of learning and teaching in relation to stories of their own experiences as well as other examples from U.S. classrooms. There are two sections of this course being offered:

  1. On Mondays 7 pm to 9:30 pm in 384 Arps Hall
  2. On 6 Saturdays (August 26, September 2, September 30, October 21, November 4 and December 9) from 9 am to 4 pm at Graham Expeditionary Middle School (GEMS), located at 140 E. 16th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 (about 5 minutes East of campus).

EDUTL 6892 – Special Topics in Education:

This class will focus on the legacy of Charlotte Huck, and the procedures and criteria for the Charlotte Huck Ward for Outstanding Fiction for Children established by The National Council of teachers of English in 2014 to honor Charlotte’ contributions to literature and literacy for children.

EDUTL 7194 – Group Studies:

Examines research literature and epistemologies in multicultural education and global education.

EDUTL 7316 – Language Arts in the Early and Middle Childhood Program: (RLEMC)

Process and support for language development in the early years. Problems, research, and current teaching method in the major areas of language arts: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and constructing images.

EDUTL 7324 – Literary Theory and Adolescent Literature: (APCL, LCYA)

Explores the application of diverse theories to young adult literature for in-depth literary study in secondary classrooms.

EDUTL 7418 – Synthesizing Research in Reading and Literacy: (RLEMC)

Students gain an in-depth understanding of how to review, analyze, and synthesize research in reading and literacy. The focus is on the process of reviewing and synthesizing research (rather than on the content).

EDUTL 7428 – Trends and Issues in Teaching Reading: (RLEMC)

In-depth examination of major trends and issues in teaching reading in the elementary school including research over the last three decades and major issues and concerns currently debated among members of the literacy education profession.

EDUTL 7431 – The Ethnography of Literacy and Language I: (LES)

Introduces the ethnography of literacy and language as fields of inquiry, providing theoretical, conceptual and methodological frameworks for research on written and oral language practices that are embedded in various social, cultural, and political contexts.

EDUTL 7718 – Student Learning Processes in Mathematics:

Student cognition and learning. The topics of arithmetic, algebra and geometry will be used to explore issues of student thinking. We will investigate how the nature of these topics affect students’ reasoning and problem solving and thinking.

EDUTL 8003 – Theorizing and Researching Teaching and Learning: (Typically taken by first year PhD Students)

Examines how learning and teaching have been theorized and researched and provides an opportunity for students to begin conceptualizing their own studies. Emphasis is placed on teaching and learning as contextualized processes.

EDUTL 8425 – Understanding the Reading Process: (RLEMC)

Focuses on the young child as a learner and on the reading process itself. Explores and extends personal models of the reading process and grounds theory building in close observations of young children reading.

EDUTL 8610 – Second Language Acquisition: (FSMLE)

Provides an overview of theories and research in the field of second language acquisition (SLA). We examine the development of SLA as a field, exploring cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and critical research perspectives.

EDUTL 8711 – Current Issues and Trends in STEM Education:(STEM)

An introductory seminar for new STEM education doctoral students and other advanced graduate students seeking increased familiarity with STEM education research communities.

EDUTL 8890 – Advanced Seminar:

This course is a practicum for doctoral-level students about the pedagogy of teaching literature for children and young adults on the postsecondary level.