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Education, Literacy Studies, M.Ed. - Reading/Language Arts

Students completing the Master of Education in Literacy become literacy leaders in one of three areas; Elementary and Secondary Reading, K-12 Reading Specialist, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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Become a Literacy Leader

Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Studies offers options for full- and part-time degree-seeking and endorsement-seeking candidates in the following areas:

  • Elementary and Secondary Reading Programs: For teachers interested in facilitating student learning through effective literacy practices.
  • K-12 Reading Specialist Program: For teachers interested in literacy coaching and administration/supervision of district-wide reading/language arts programs.
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program: For those interested in transforming the lives of students and speakers of other languages through the teaching of English.

Locations Across Michigan and Beyond

  • Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus
  • Grand Valley State University Detroit Center
  • Fully online

Program Features

  • Faculty with Pre-K through high school classroom experience
  • Instruction focused on school contexts
  • Flexible course offerings including hybrid and online options
  • Vibrant learning community
  • Nationally accredited
  • Meaningful coursework in topics such as:
  • Comprehension instruction
  • Curriculum design
  • Writing instruction
  • Cultural/diversity understanding
  • Literacy coaching
  • Literacy in the disciplines
  • Language acquisition theory and practice
  • Twenty-first century literacy skills
  • Teaching English learners
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to teaching
  • Children and adolescent literature

Helpful Links

For More Information

College of Education
401C DeVos, (616) 331-6650

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is May 15; winter is September 15; spring/summer is February 15. Early application is strongly encouraged, those received after the deadline will be considered for the next cycle. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Visit

Location & Format

Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

This program is also available in Detroit.

Format: Hybrid