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

Students completing the Master of Education in Literacy with a Reading/Language Arts emphasis become literacy leaders in one of three areas: Elementary Reading, Secondary Reading, or K-12 Reading Specialist.

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Become a Literacy Leader

Students completing the Master of Education in Literacy with a Reading/Language Arts emphasis become literacy leaders in one of three areas: Elementary Reading, Secondary Reading, or K-12 Reading Specialist.

  • Elementary and Secondary Reading Programs: For teachers interested in facilitating student learning through effective literacy practices in PK-12 classrooms.
  • K-12 Reading Specialist Program: For teachers interested in being a reading specialist or literacy interventionist, literacy coaching, and/or administration/supervision of district-wide reading/language arts programs.

Michigan and Beyond

  • Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus
  • 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


Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (NCA). The faculty are leaders in their fields, melding together the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner. The Literacy Studies Reading/Language Arts program is also fully recognized by the International Literacy Association

Location & Format

This program is available fully online or a combination of online and in-seat downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.



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

Skills Employers Want

The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies with a Reading/Language Arts emphasis at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

  • Reading Instruction
  • English Language Arts Instruction
  • Literacy Coaching
  • Curriculum Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Literacy Interventions
  • Assessment & Progress Reporting
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Classroom Management

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with deadlines for fall semester May 15; winter September 15; and spring/summer February 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Visit

Admission Requirements

All students seeking degree, endorsement, approval, license or certificate change must be formally admitted to graduate study. A maximum of six graduate credits earned prior to graduate admission may apply to degree requirements.

In addition to university admissions requirements in the GVSU Catalog, students must meet the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Admission Criteria.

  • Application Materials: Graduate application, application fee, official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended, and copies of teaching/administrative certificates if required for program admission or approved waiver;
  • Recommendations: Three professional or academic recommendations on COE recommendation forms, addressing the candidate’s potential for graduate study;
  • Grade Point Average: Grade point average of 3.0 or better for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work taken from a regionally accredited institution; or
  • Previous Master’s Degree: A prior master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted in lieu of the minimum grade point average.

Candidates should submit materials to GVSU Admissions, Allendale, MI 49401. When all application materials have been received, Admissions will forward the complete portfolio for consideration to the College of Education - Student Information and Services Center. Candidates should allow 4-6 weeks for written notification of their admission status.

For More Information

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

Graduate Admissions Office

Program Director

Elizabeth Stolle, Ph.D.
(616) 331-6242



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