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Program Overview

The Master of Reading and Literacy program is designed to help classroom teachers at the elementary and secondary levels deepen their understanding of literacy processes, purposes and development and to broaden their range of instructional and assessment approaches. This prepares you to have the greatest possible impact on your students’ learning.

You will develop the confidence to make evidence-based instructional decisions in your classrooms and to advocate for appropriate practices with parents, colleagues, administrators and policymakers.

There is a five-year limit on literacy coursework that can be transferred into this program.

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Credit Hours


Time to Complete

2-3 years


How Do I Know If This Program Is Right for Me?

If you're passionate about fostering literacy and empowering learners to excel in reading, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Reading and Literacy could be the perfect fit for you. This program offers a comprehensive exploration of theories, practices and strategies aimed at enhancing literacy skills across diverse populations. Through coursework and hands-on experiences, you'll develop the expertise needed to design effective curriculum, implement research-based instructional methods and assess student progress in reading and literacy. Whether you're a seasoned educator looking to deepen your knowledge or a newcomer eager to make a difference in the field of education, this degree equips you with the tools to drive positive change and inspire lifelong learners.

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Learning Experiences

  • Improve your skills to intervene with students who struggle with reading.
  • Learn the most effective research-based methods for teaching reading.
  • Get 100 hours of direct practice working with students on the elementary, middle and secondary level under the supervision of trained professionals.
  • Work on assignments designed to improve instruction in your own classroom.
  • Attend a combination of online and in-person classes with personal feedback.
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View the Academic Catalog or Reading & Literacy M.Ed. Checksheet for complete degree requirements.

Some of the courses you'll take include:

  • Literacy Theory and Curriculum 
  • Content Area Literacy 
  • Advanced Methods of Literacy 
  • Writing Instruction and Intervention Across the Curriculum 
  • The Psychology of Reading, Language Development and Reading Difficulties 
  • Intervention and Assessment in Literacy for the Elementary Learner 
  • Graduate Literacy Internship 

Can You Give Me a Glimpse of My Future?

This degree equips individuals with the skills and credentials to positively impact student learning outcomes and contribute to improving literacy rates in their communities.

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