Degrees Offered


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

The Master of Education in Literacy offers 3 plans for completion of course requirements:

1. Literacy Coaching Strand: Read to Succeed endorsement, Literacy Teacher and Literacy Coach certification
2. Secondary Strand: Read to Succeed endorsement and Literacy Teacher certification
3. ESOL Strand: Read to Succeed endorsement, Literacy Teacher certification, and ESOL add-on certification.

This program will consider applicants for conditional letters of admission (CLA’s) pending successful completion of an approved English as a Second Language (ESL) program. More information can be found on the Conditional Language Admission page.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

Graduates of the Master’s of Education in Literacy program will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of reading as the process of constructing meaning through the interaction of the reader’s existing knowledge, the information suggested by the written language, and the context of the reading situation.
  • Knowledge of the influence of cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds on the reading process and how to use what the reader brings to the reading experience.
  • An understanding of relationships among the language processes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Support for students in acquiring the ability to monitor comprehension and reading processes and apply appropriate strategies for a variety of purposes.
  • Knowledge of assessments that involve multiple indicators of learner progress.
  • Development of an environment that motivates students to pursue and respond to reading and writing for personal growth and development.
  • Classroom-based research in reading.
  • Expertise in sharing knowledge of reading research and instructional practices with peers


Required Documents


The School of Education has a variety of graduate assistantships offered and it is a competitive process. Assistantships are not rewarded in conjunction with our admission process but based on the accepted applicant pool. If you are interested in a particular assistantship we would encourage you to apply as early as possible to be considered for all assistantships offered. 

These positions are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the position supervisor.


Program Contact(s)

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