Education - Literacy Studies (Reading/Language Arts Emphasis)

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)

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.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

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

  • K-12 Reading Specialist
  • Elementary Reading
  • Secondary Reading


With campuses in Grand Rapids and Detroit, the program offers various options: face-to-face, hybrid, and online, making scheduling easier for teachers and administrators. Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Comprehension instruction
  • Children's and adolescent literature
  • Curriculum design
  • Assessment and instruction
  • Writing instruction
  • Literacy in the disciplines
  • Literacy coaching
  • 21st century literacy skills

Career Options

Become a literacy leader. The Elementary and Secondary Reading Endorsement Programs are designed for teachers interested in facilitating student learning through effective literacy practices. The K-12 Reading Specialist Program is designed for teachers interested in literacy coaching and administration/supervision of district-wide reading/language arts programs.

Why Study Reading/Language Arts at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty with K-12 classroom experience
  • Instruction focused on school contexts
  • Flexible course offerings
  • Nationally accredited
  • Vibrant learning community

Admissions Office

My coursework has directly impacted my teaching philosophy and classroom practice. The professors have an obvious passion for literacy and are progressive in their methods and ideas. They have given me a plethora of ideas and experiences that have shaped me into a more thoughtful and effective educator.

8th Grade English teacher, Ionia Middle School

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