Reading/Language Arts

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.

Graduate Program Contact

Elizabeth Stolle, Ph.D.

(616) 331-6242 

Courses Offered

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

See PDF links below for the Planned Programs and the College of Education Course List page for full course descriptions.

Graduate Application

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Planned Program: M.Ed. in Literacy Studies, emphasis in Reading/Language Arts (Elementary Reading Endorsement)

Planned Program: M.Ed. in Literacy Studies, emphasis in Reading/Language Arts (K-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement)

Planned Program: M.Ed. in Literacy Studies, emphasis in Reading/Language Arts (Secondary Reading Endorsement)

Each of these three programs can be completed fully online. The Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Studies was selected as one of the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Programs. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Online Literacy Studies program page for more information on the online program.

Portfolio Requirements: All candidates must complete a portfolio and submit it periodically for faculty review. Portfolios are maintained on LiveText (LiveText FAQs).

PDF Instructions;

To view the PDF Planned Program sheet, you will need to use Adobe Reader (using Adobe Reader prevents tab order errors and other inconveniences present in browser-based PDF readers).

For questions, please contact the program coordinator, Elizabeth Stolle, at or (616) 331-6242.

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M.Ed. in Literacy Studies admission requirements and application for admission are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

The College of Education Student Information and Services Center provides centralized services for advising, program planning, field placement, and certification.

Courses Offered

The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies program is a minimum of 33 credits. With two campuses, Grand Rapids and Detroit, the program offers various options for course delivery: 

  • The Hybrid program combines face-to-face classroom lessons with online assignments. 
  • The fully-Online program provides the option to complete course online for the M.Ed.


Grand Valley offers an excellent education at a reasonable cost.

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