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Reading/Language Arts

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Studies with an emphasis in Reading/Language Arts offers elementary and secondary teachers the opportunity to enhance classroom instruction through effective literacy practices. Highly respected at both the state and national level, the program is accredited by the International Literacy Association. The faculty are leaders in their field who combine research and practice to meet the needs of educators and students.

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Program Offerings at GVSU:

Full and part-time degree-seeking students complete a minimum of 33 credit hours. Options are available for endorsement-seeking students. Areas of emphasis:

Each of the three program areas can also be completed fully online. The Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Studies was selected as one of the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Programs for 2016. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Online Literacy Studies program page for more information on the online program.

Portfolio Requirements: All candidates must complete a portfolio and submit it periodically for faculty review.

For questions, please contact the program coordinator, Elizabeth Stolle, at or (616) 331-6242.

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M.Ed. in Literacy Studies admission requirements and application for admission are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

The College of Education Student Information and Services Center provides centralized services for advising, program planning, field placement, and certification.

Courses Offered

The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies program is a minimum of 33 credits. With two campuses, Grand Rapids and Detroit, the program offers various options for course delivery: 

  • The Hybrid program combines face-to-face classroom lessons with online assignments. 
  • The fully-Online program provides the option to complete course online for the M.Ed.


Grand Valley offers an excellent education at a reasonable cost.