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Master of Education: Literacy

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.
    • An M.Ed. degree in Literacy with two certifications in Literacy Teacher and Literacy Coach (Coaching Focus) or certifications in Literacy Teacher and ESOL (ESOL Focus).
    • 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 program application deadline is July 1, 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.

    Coaching Focus

    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***

    ESOL Focus

    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
    ED 8670 Practicum in the Instruction of ESOL**
    EDLT 8170 Content Area Reading and Writing*
    EDLT 8180 Organization, Administration, and Supervision in Literacy
    ED 8390 Introduction to Linguistics**
    EDF 8710 Cultural Diversity in the Classroom**
    EDLT 8740 Principles and Strategies for Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages**

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

  • Upcoming Cohorts

    Applications are now being accepted for a Master of Education in literacy summer 2017 cohort. Apply now!

    The program is also offering an ‘early start’ opportunity for the upcoming cohort. One course will be offered spring 2017 for those that wish to begin sooner.

  • Find Out More

    For more information regarding the program or questions associated with applying to this program, please contact Susan Fullerton at susanf@clemson.edu or 864-656-1869.