Teacher Education and Higher Education

M.Ed. in Literacy Education

The mission of the Literacy Education Program is to prepare teacher leaders who advocate for and seek to integrate theory, research, and practice; engage in reflection, research, and professional collaborations; and offer culturally relevant, learner-centered opportunities for every student to develop the literacy skills needed in the 21st century.

Career Opportunties

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Program Contact

Melody Zoch
470 School of Education Building


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Example Careers:

  • K-12 Reading Specialist
  • K-12 Classroom Teacher
  • Literacy Coach
  • Curriculum Facilitator
  • District Coordinator for Language Arts

Designed For

Practicing teachers who have an undergraduate degree in education or a related field, and already hold the Standard Professional I license or initial license to teach, and wish to pursue advanced skills in the area of literacy. This degree will enable you to seek advanced licensure as a K-12 Reading Specialist.

Career Opportunities

The primary goal of the program is to prepare initially licensed teachers for “M” licensure as a K-12 Reading Specialist. Not only are teachers prepared to implement innovative research-based teaching strategies in their own classroom settings, but they are also expected to promote those practices among colleagues, administrators, and the community as a teacher leader. Other careers may include working as a literacy coach, curriculum facilitator, or district coordinator for Language Arts.

Research Interests

Research interests include socio-cultural and critical context of literacy teaching; integrating technology and literacy instruction; culturally sustaining literacy pedagogy

Program of Study

Total hours: 36

Core courses:

  • TED 622 Differentiated Instruction or TED 669 Educational Implications of Learning and Development
  • TED 646 Equity Education or TED 545 Diverse Learners
  • ERM 605 Educational Measurement or 604 Methods of Educational Research

Pedagogical expertise courses: (18 hours)

  • TED 614 Word Study
  • TED 616 Literacy Development and Instruction Across the Grades
  • TED 617a Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instruction
  • TED 617b Advanced Practicum in Literacy Assessment, Instruction, and Leadership
  • TED 619 Trends and Issues in Literacy Education
  • TED 626 Middle Grades Curriculum & Instruction or TED 638 Seminar in Secondary Education
  • TED 635 Reading in the Secondary School and Content Areas
  • TED 640 Writing Instruction Across the Grades or ENG 522 Teaching Composition: Theories and Applications
  • TED 645 Critical Issues in English Language Arts
  • TED 695 Youth Literacies
  • ENG 590 Literacy, Learning, and Fieldwork
  • ENG 602: Electronic Research, Writing, and Editing
  • ENG 697 Composing Theories in Reading and Writing

Professional Development/Leadership Courses:

  • TED 628 Trends and Issues in Curriculum & Instruction
  • TED 676 Teacher as Researcher and Leader I
  • TED 677 Teacher as Researcher and Leader II

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field
  • Initial or “A” license for teaching
  • Two years of teaching experience
  • Prior course work should include children’s literature, reading, and language arts

Additional Information

The following tenets are central to our vision of teaching and research:

  • We hold teachers in the highest esteem and believe they are central to the process of teaching and learning.
  • We promote teachers’ identities as leaders, advocates, and innovators in their school communities.
  • We work from a strengths-based perspective as a way of promoting teacher and student success.
  • We celebrate the diversity of our community and promote a multilingual and multicultural approach to our teaching.
  • We think it is important for teachers to have opportunities to collaborate with faculty through research and professional development.