Literacy Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Literacy Education
  • Reading Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Degree


The Ed.M. in Literacy Education is designed for teachers working in literacy education at any grade level or for those who are interested in working in literacy education in contexts that do not require certification. The program is designed to encourage students to:

  • articulate their visions of themselves as teachers;
  • identify and critique the assumptions that undergird their vision;
  • become critically familiar with competing visions;
  • develop instructional strategies that will help them enact their visions; and
  • engage in the kind of reflective inquiry that is an essential characteristic of an effective teacher.


If you are interested in an Ed.M. program in literacy that also leads to reading specialist certification, please see the Ed.M. program for Reading Specialist Certification.


Applications can be completed online. Applications are due by February 1 for fall admission and by November 1 for spring admission.


Issues of Diversity in Language and Literacy Learning Courses in Literacy Education (9 credits)
Courses in Educational Foundations (6 credits) Other courses under advisement (12 credits)

Program Requirements

The program requires 30 credits of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students are required to take at least 12 credits in literacy education and to situate their studies in literacy education within both related areas and educational foundations. In addition, students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Lesley M. Morrow.