Education, Literacy Studies, M.Ed.
Students completing the Master of Education in Literacy Studies 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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We offer the following master's programs, along with endorsements:
- 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.
Why Literacy Studies at Grand Valley?
- Flexible formats include hybrid and fully online courses, as well as accelerated summer courses.
- Accomplished faculty with extensive backgrounds in PK-12 education.
- Curriculum that is contemporary, practical, and directly relates to practice in school contexts.
- Field experience integrated into coursework provides practical application of knowledge, theory, and research.
- Recognized by the International Literacy Association.
Grand Valley State University's College of Education and Community Innovation is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is 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.
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.Formats:
Students complete coursework in meaningful topics such as:
- Reading and writing instruction
- Literacy and language assessment and interventions
- Cultural/diversity understanding
- Language acquisition and literacy development
- Literacy in the disciplines
- Teaching English learners
- Twenty-first century literacy skills
- Literacy coaching
- Literacy resources and texts
- Components of reading, writing, and language
Deadline for fall semester is July 15; winter, November 15; spring/summer, March 15. Early application is strongly encouraged to secure course enrollment. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on an individual basis and program availability. Late applicants should contact program director Elizabeth Stolle, [email protected] The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if you have previously applied to GVSU.
- The Education programs have rolling admissions deadlines to ensure maximum flexibility for our applicants
- Up to 9 credit hours can be transferred from other institutions (many institutions only allow up to 6 transfer credits)
- Enrollment begins in mid-March for the following academic year to give students additional time to plan
- GVSU allows you up to 8 years to complete your graduate program (more time than most other institutions)
- You must submit an official transcript from your baccalaureate degree granting institution
Visit the Education page for criteria and procedures.
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