Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Literacy Specialist w/ English Concentration

for Certified Teachers & for those not seeking teacher certification

Online 36 major credits * 26 months

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online cohort

26 months completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE required for some programs

No weekend classes


Certified teachers who hold a teaching certificate (Secondary English or ANY other field) and wish to earn a first Master’s Degree in Literacy Specialist with a concentration in English (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. Non certified teachers from private schools or post-baccalaureate candidates who wish to earn a Master’s degree in education with 18 hours of English content may also apply to this program, but it will not lead to Kentucky Teaching Certification.

What You Learn

The basic tenet of the Master’s Degree with English Concentration is to empower candidates to become specialists in English and English education. Candidates increase their content mastery of graduate level English and Literature. Students may also 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

Depending on prior certification, successful completion of this program enables graduates for a variety of teaching opportunities:

a. Certified teachers will earn a Master’s degree in Literacy Education with an endorsement as a literacy specialist K-12 in Kentucky Schools, and they will be qualified to teach AP English and/or dual credit English in Kentucky high schools. They will be eligible to teach English at the community college, junior college, and technical school levels.

b. Non-certified candidates will earn a Master’s degree in Literacy Education and will be qualified to teach English at the community college, junior college and technical school levels.

Degree Requirements

EDU 516Research Based Practices in Literacy Instruction K-123
EDU 517Educational Policy and Theoretical Foundations of Literacy3
EDU 662Research and Practice: Assessing and Facilitating Students’ Literacy Development I & II (field component)6
EDU 604Instructional Coaching: Building Teacher Capacity through Mentoring and Collaboration3
ENG 510Composition Theory & Pedagogy3
ENG 512African American Literature3
ENG 526Teaching P-12 Writing Across the Curriculum3
ENG 514Reading & Teaching Shakespeare3
ENG 518Reading Poetry (non fiction; fiction)3
ENG 626Action Research in Rhetoric6
 Total Credit Hours:36
Please Note:

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