UNM College of Education

Excellence and Diversity through People, Ideas & Innovation

Department of Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies


Society demands that educators and researchers have knowledge of educational foundations, language, literacy, and critical approaches to working with diverse populations. Courses in the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) Program prepare students to be highly qualified teachers and researchers in

  • Language (including bilingual education and English as a second language)
  • Literacy (including reading, writing, language arts, and literature studies)
  • Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies (including race, class, gender, and sexuality)
  • American Indian Education
  • Social Studies Education

LLSS also offers an interdisciplinary program in Educational Linguistics and a program in Educational Media and Library Science to prepare school librarians. Our students include teachers (K-College) who enroll in master's degree programs to improve their practice; educators, researchers, and community leaders interested in examining theoretical and empirical elements of education; teachers who enroll in the courses necessary to become endorsed in bilingual education, ESL, reading, or library science; students with backgrounds in professions other than education who wish to work in education-related fields; and students who enter our doctoral program with the goal of becoming college and university faculty and researchers.

In each of our programs—Literacy, Bilingual Education/English as Second Language, Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies (ETSS), American Indian Education, Social Studies Education, Educational Linguistics, and Educational Media/Library Science—we strive to combine multicultural education and social action to shape educational practice, policy, and research. Our faculty actively effect change through outreach to diverse communities in New Mexico, the nation, and the world.


Lois Meyer, Ph.D.
Department Chair


Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies Program, tapestry with children from different countries holding hands standing around the Earth

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies Program

The program offers a rigorous but flexible course of studies that can be tailored to meet a wide range of interests and needs.The program places special emphasis on helping students develop research and inquiry skills needed for the advanced study and analysis of education in its many social, cultural, economic and political contexts.


Educational Linguistics Program

Educational Linguistics at UNM is an interdisciplinary program made up of faculty from across the university who share an understanding of the influence of communities and educational contexts on language learning. The program supports a variety of interrelated interests, such as language maintenance and language revitalization, language policy and planning, bilingualism, and issues of assessment.


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Educational Media/Library Science Program

The College of Education offers a 24-hour planned program in Library Science as an undergraduate minor or as a teaching field endorsement for those students who hold a Bachelor’s degree and an existing or future New Mexico teaching license.