M.A. in Literacy

Goals and Focus of the Program:

The Master of Arts in Literacy focuses on the teaching and assessment of reading and writing skills for all learners in Grades K-12. The program will help candidates become better reading and language arts teachers, advance teachers’ abilities to instruct and assess students’ strengths and areas of need in reading, using best practices. Candidates will develop deepened knowledge of reading and writing instruction, diagnosis and assessment, multicultural literature and application of reading strategies across the curriculum. Candidates will develop the capacity and focus to become researchers as they create intervention plans for individuals students based on the students’ assessed strengths and needs.

Program Design:

The Master of Arts in Literacy program follows a cohort model where students meet one night per week from 4:45 – 8:45pm. The duration of the program is approximately two years, including almost 18 months of coursework followed by the comprehensive examination. Please see the academic calendar located at the end of student packet.


Candidates in the Master of Arts in Literacy program will hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5, a current teaching certificate, one year of full time, contracted, licensed teaching experience and access to a classroom and students throughout the duration of the program to fulfill field study requirements.

Degree Requirements and Career Outcome:

The degree requirements for this program are successful completion of program’s respective courses (listed below) and a passing score on the comprehensive exam taken after all coursework is complete. Upon completion of this program, candidates will have earned a Master of Arts degree in Literacy. This is not a certificate, licensure or endorsement program.

Course Title Start Week End Week Hours
EDUC 518
The Writing Process
Mar. 5, 2018
Apr. 30, 2018
EDUC 582
Multicultural Literature for Children and Adolescents
May 7, 2018
Jun. 25, 2018
EDUC 535
English Language Learners
Aug. 27, 2018
Oct. 15, 2018
EDUC 515
Educational Research
Oct. 22, 2018
Dec. 10, 2018
EDUC 526
Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading and Language Arts
Jan. 7, 2019
Feb. 25, 2019
EDUC 573
Content Area Literacy in Elementary Schools
Mar. 4, 2019
Apr. 29, 2019
EDUC 511
Educational Issues: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
May 6, 2019
Jun. 24, 2019
EDUC 538
Critical Literacy
Aug. 26, 2019
Oct. 14, 2019
EDUC 584
Integrating Technology and Literacy
Oct. 21, 2019
Dec. 9, 2019
EDUC 521
Action Research in Literacy
Jan. 6, 2020
Feb. 24, 2020
  Total Credit Hours: 30

*The courses for this program may be offered in a different order. This list should not be considered the finalized course sequence

Anticipated Comprehensive Exam Date: March 2020