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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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Experienced Faculty

Education program faculty have extensive backgrounds in P-K-12 education.

Flexible Course Options

Students benefit from flexible course offerings including hybrid and online course availability.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

GVSU's education program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Program Overview

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?

  • Fully online format.
  • 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.



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

Application Deadline

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

For More Information

College of Education and Community Innovation
401 Fulton Street West, Building C
(616) 331-6650
Program Contact: Elizabeth Stolle, Ph.D., [email protected]

Graduate Admissions Office

Program Director

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



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