Literacy Specialist Master's w/ Teacher Leader Endorsement


Experienced teachers who hold a teaching certificate (Secondary English or ANY other field) and wish to earn a first Master’s Degree in Literacy Specialist Education (Rank 2). Experienced teachers who hold a teaching certification and a first Master’s Degree in education may also choose to complete this program to earn a second Master’s degree and Rank 1.

What You Learn:

The basic tenet of the Master’s Degree with Literacy Specialist is to empower candidates to become specialists in literacy education. Candidates will learn to assess and develop the literacy potential of students grades K-12. Through research, data collection, assessment, and practice candidates will learn to effectively identify and address the literacy needs of students.

How You Learn:

This is a fully online cohort. Face-to-face class meetings are not required. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Master’s Degree in Education Literacy Specialist with a Teacher Leader Endorsement. A passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS exam will lead to a Reading Specialist or Literacy Coach within a school building, and/or a Reading Supervisor within a district.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
EDU 516 Research Based Practices in Literacy Instruction K-12 3
EDU 517 Educational Policy and Theoretical Foundations of Literacy 3
EDU 662 Research and Practice: Assessing and Facilitating Students’ Literacy Development I & II (field component) 6
EDU 604 Instructional Coaching: Building Teacher Capacity through Mentoring and Collaboration 3
EDU 510 Foundations: Becoming a Teacher Leader 3
EDU 527 Advanced Applications of Technology for Teacher Leaders 3
ENG 526 Teaching Composition Across the Curriculum 3
EDU 626 Developing Teacher Leadership though Research/Implementation of Capstone Research Project 3
EDU 529 Teaching in a Diverse Society: Deepening Skills for Teacher Leaders 3
  Total Credit Hours: 33

NOTE: This is only an introduction to the program. Coursework may be taken in a different order.