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Master of Education: Literacy (Online)

Our graduate programs at Clemson University build on the rich experiences and expertise of faculty and students to provide an educational environment in which both groups share in research, exploration and inquiry. The result of this synergy is impact — on our community and beyond.

Specialty Concentrations

  • Overview

    The purpose of a Master of Education degree in literacy is to educate reading professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of reading theories, processes, strategies, curriculum and research; who can use that knowledge to plan appropriate reading programs and curricula for a variety of contexts; and who can communicate information to a wide variety of audiences.

  • Program Outcomes

    • All Read to Succeed coursework completed.
    • M.Ed. degree in Literacy with two endorsements in Literacy Teacher and Literacy Coach (Coaching strand for Elementary and Secondary) or certifications in Literacy Teacher and ESOL (ESOL strand).
    • Acquisition of in-depth knowledge about literacy teaching and instruction rather than a general program of education that will transform your literacy teaching and your students’ literacy learning.
    • Your development as a literacy leader who can support colleagues in literacy teaching and learning, particularly in relation to learners who are at-risk.
  • Admission Requirements

    The literacy M.Ed. has two application deadlines depending on which path you wish to pursue.

    Summer applicants:  Teachers of all levels interested in the Literacy Coach or ESOL strand. The summer 2018 cohort has reached capacity. Applications for the summer 2019 cohort will open by early fall. 

    Fall applicants:  Teachers who are only interested in the secondary strand with a secondary/disciplinary literacy focus. The fall application deadline is June 15, or until the program is at capacity.

    To be considered for admission, individuals must complete the online Graduate School application. Every required document in support of your application must be on file by the deadline date for consideration.

    • Competitive GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores (not required if the applicant has a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA)
    • Unofficial transcripts from all prior institutions from which a degree was awarded and from which transfer credit is desired (Official transcripts will be required if granted admission.)
    • Current résumé or vita *
    • Personal statement describing applicant’s goals and teaching philosophy
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students

    *Applicant must hold a current teaching certificate.

  • Program Requirements

    The program requires 36 credit hours to complete (for either focus). Additional requirements include requisite years of teaching experience, PRAXIS exam, and other requirements as indicated by the SC State Department of Education.

    Literacy Coaching Strand

    Successful completion of the M.Ed. in Literacy/Coaching will result in the Read to Succeed endorsement, Literacy Teacher and Literacy Coach certification.

    EDLT 8100 Foundations of Reading and Writing*
    EDLT 8110 Children's Literature
    EDLT 8120 Assessment in Reading and Writing*
    EDLT 8130 Instructional Strategies*
    EDLT 8140 Reading and Writing Instruction and Assessment for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students**
    EDLT 8150 Guided Reading and Guided Writing
    EDLT 8160 Instructional Practicum: Differentiated Instruction for Literacy Learners
    EDLT 8170 Content Area Reading and Writing*
    EDLT 8180 Organization, Administration, and Supervision in Literacy
    EDLT 8190 Coaching for Literacy Education***
    EDLT 8200 Action Research in Coaching: Literacy Coaches as Agents of Change***
    EDLT 8210 Practicum in Literacy Coaching***

    Secondary Strand

    Successful completion of the M.Ed. in Literacy/ Secondary will result in the Read to Succeed endorsement and Literacy Teacher certification.
    EDLT 8100 Foundations of Reading and Writing *
    EDLT 8110 Children's Literature (emphasis on YA and adolescent literature)
    EDLT 8120 Assessment in Reading and Writing*
    EDLT 8130 Instructional Strategies* (emphasis on Disciplinary Literacy)
    EDLT 8140 Reading and Writing Instruction and Assessment for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students**
    EDLT 8150 Guided Reading and Guided Writing (Secondary emphasis)
    EDLT 8160 Instructional Practicum: Differentiated Instruction for Literacy Learners
    EDLT 8270 Content Area Reading and Writing*
    EDLT 8180 Organization, Administration, and Supervision in Literacy
    EDLT 8190 Coaching for Literacy Education***
    EDLT 8280 Critical Issues in Instructional Coaching and School Leadership Instructional ****
    EDLT 8290 Reflective Coaching Practice ****

    ESOL Strand

    Successful completion of the M.Ed. in Literacy/ESOL will result in the Read to Succeed endorsement, Literacy Teacher certification, and ESOL add-on certification.

    EDLT 8100 Foundations of Reading and Writing*
    EDLT 8110 Children's Literature EDLT 8120 Assessment in Reading and Writing*
    EDLT 8130 Instructional Strategies*
    EDLT 8140 Reading and Writing Instruction and Assessment for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students **
    EDLT 8150 Guided Reading and Guided Writing
    EDLT 8240 Practicum in the Instruction of ESOL**
    EDLT 8170 Content Area Reading and Writing*
    EDLT 8180 Organization, Administration, and Supervision in Literacy
    EDLT 8230 Introduction to Linguistics**
    EDF 8250 Cultural Diversity in the Classroom**
    EDLT 8220 Principles and Strategies for Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages**

    Read to Succeed course*
    ESOL course**
    Coaching Course***
    Secondary Literacies Course****

  • Program Schedule

    Literacy Coaching Strand Schedule

    Year 1
    Summer (beginning June 2018) - EDLT 8100
    Fall - EDLT 8170
    Spring - EDLT 8120

    Year 2
    Summer - EDLT 8140 & EDLT 8130
    Fall - EDLT 8150
    Spring - EDLT 8160

    Year 3
    Summer - EDLT 8180 & EDLT 8110
    Fall - EDLT 8190
    Spring - EDLT 8200 & EDLT 8210

    Secondary Strand Schedule

    Year 1
    Fall (beginning August 2018) - EDLT 8100 & EDLT 8130
    Spring - EDLT 8270 & EDLT 8120

    Year 2
    Summer - EDLT 8140 & EDLT 8110
    Fall - EDLT 8150 & EDLT 8160
    Spring - EDLT 8180 & EDLT 8190

    Year 3
    Fall - EDLT 8280 & EDLT 8290

    ESOL Strand Schedule

    Year 1
    Summer (beginning June 2018) - EDLT 8100
    Fall - EDLT 8170
    Spring - EDLT 8120

    Year 2
    Summer - EDLT 8140 & EDLT 8130 & EDLT 8230
    Fall - EDLT 8150
    Spring - EDLT 8220

    Year 3
    Summer - EDLT 8180 & EDLT 8110 & EDLT 8250
    Fall - EDLT 8240

  • Financial

    Tuition and fee rates can be found at - http://www.clemson.edu/graduate/finance-tuition/index.html

  • Find Out More

    For general information regarding the program or questions associated with applying to this program, please contact Rebecca Kaminski at krebecc@clemson.edu.

    For more information about our Secondary Strand, click here

    For more information about upcoming information sessions about the M.Ed. in Literacy, click here.