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
The Elementary and Secondary Reading Endorsement Programs are designed for teachers interested in facilitating student learning through effective literacy practices. The K-12 Reading Specialist Program is designed for teachers interested in literacy coaching and administration/supervision of district-wide reading/language arts programs.

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Reading/Language Arts program

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Become a TESOL Leader
The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program provides training in linguistics principles and their applications; theories of language acquisition; issues of language and culture; methodology and curriculum design; assessment of second language competencies; and critical issues in multilingual, multicultural education. The K-12 ESL Endorsement Program is designed for teachers interested in engaging language learners in classroom activities. Students have the option to pursue either the ESL endorsement or the master’s degree.

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TESOL program

Listen to the TESOL podcast to learn more about the program.

Listen to the TESOL Podcast


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Job Growth in the U.S. by 2024
Faculty with PreK-12 Classroom Experience

Source: EMSI, 2019

The median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $76,000 in May 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest 10 percent earned more than $170,160. The overall employment of postsecondary teachers was projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Both part-time and full-time postsecondary teachers were included in this projection. Literacy studies graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Professor


The 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.

Early application is strongly encouraged. Applicants will be admitted on the basis of program approval. 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. Once an application is complete, candidates should allow 4-6 weeks for written notification of their admission status.

  • May 15 — Fall Semester Application Intake
  • September 15 — Winter Semester Application Intake
  • February 15 — Spring/Summer Semester Application Intake

View the Admissions Requirements for Literacy Studies


When you became a Laker, you opened up a lifetime of learning, and now alumni like you can use your Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) account for classes that provide greater knowledge and new skills. Your account is waiting for you to use for future classes at GVSU. All you have to do is click on the button below to find out more.

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Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. 


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