Master of Arts (M.A.)


Online 30 major credits * 2 years

Reduced Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay

Program Highlights & Benefits

Online synchronous format offers engaging, interactive learning experiences in real time and the convenience of asynchronous online learning

2 year completion time, including breaks

Cohort model helps facilitate supportive and collaborative learning

Workload designed for full time professional educators

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 instructional model with a fully online delivery structure. Eight-week courses include online classes that meet in real time (synchronous), as well as provide offline (asynchronous) learning experiences within the four hour class period. Online class sessions meet virtually from 4:45 PM – 8:45 PM on the same night of the week. The duration of the program is approximately two years.


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; one year of full time, contracted 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 the program’s respective courses (listed below) and completion of a capstone project as a university requirement, which is embedded within the coursework.  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.

Plan of Study

CourseTitle  Hours
EDUC 518
The Writing Process
EDUC 582
Multicultural Literature for Children and Adolescents
EDUC 535
English Language Learners
EDUC 526
Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading and Language Arts
EDUC 573
Content Area Literacy in Elementary Schools
EDUC 511
Educational Issues: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
EDUC 538
Critical Literacy
EDUC 584
Integrating Technology and Literacy
EDUC 515
Educational Research
EDUC 521
Action Research in Literacy*
 Total Credit Hours:30


Please Note:

*Master’s Capstone Project Included

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