Literacy Specialist, MSEd

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd): Literacy Specialist is designed for individuals who already hold a provisional or Initial Certificate or the equivalent. The program simultaneously prepares classroom teachers to enhance their knowledge of literacy to be more effective classroom teachers and also to be literacy specialists in their schools. The master’s degree program is a 30-credit online program that leads to permanent or professional certificate in the Teaching of Literacy to Early Childhood/Childhood or Middle Childhood/Adolescent students.


Individuals holding a teaching certificate in childhood or adolescent education who want to become literacy specialists.

What you learn

Graduates of this 30-credit online program will gain an understanding of the interrelationships among language acquisition, cognitive and metacognitive processes, and literacy development; and develop strategies for working with children who have language and learning disabilities.

How you learn

You choose between an Early Childhood/Childhood (birth–grade 6) or Middle Childhood/Adolescent (grades 5–12) concentration and, after a 12-credit Core Curriculum, you take a 15-credit sequence of courses in your concentration. Your program culminates in a two-semester practicum with clinical and school experiences and a related teacher-as-researcher course project.

Career outcomes

Candidates who complete this online program are eligible for an Initial or Professional certificate in the teaching of literacy to Early Childhood/ Childhood (birth–grade 6) or Middle Childhood/Adolescent (grades 5–12) students.

Prerequisites/Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of the Dean, Graduate Faculty Admissions Committee, or the director of Student Support Services, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully.) Candidates must also have a Provisional, Initial, or Professional teaching certificate or comparable certificate from another state. Candidates must also have transcripts demonstrating arts and sciences, content area major, and pedagogical core consistent with our program requirements.