M.Ed. in Literacy Studies - Reading and Language Arts

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Studies with an emphasis in Reading/Language Arts offers teachers the opportunity to enhance student literacy learning through effective literacy practices as classroom teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and curriculum administrators. 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.

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Career Outlook and Opportunities

$76,000 MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE

HIGHEST 10% EARNED MORE THAN $170,160

15% JOB GROWTH

(2016-2026)

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

Course Offerings

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

See the program plans below and the College of Education Course List page for full course descriptions.

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. Grand Valley State University is also ranked 2nd in Best Online Colleges in Michigan by the Community for Accredited Online Schools. 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).

Elementary Reading/Language Arts Program Certification and Endorsement

  • Program Type: The Literacy Studies program emphasis in Elementary Reading/Language Arts allows completers to work in K-8th grade settings.
  • MTTC Certification Test: To be certified in the state of Michigan, candidates must take and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for Reading (005). Test information and registration is available on the MTTC website.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Literacy Studies program emphasis in Elementary Reading/Language Arts leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Reading certification (BT endorsement).
  • Student Outcomes for Literacy Studies - Reading/Language Arts Emphasis, M.Ed.

Download the Elementary Reading/Language Arts Program Plan

K-12 Reading Specialist Program Certification and Endorsement

  • Program Type: The Literacy Studies program for K-12 Reading Specialist allows completers to work in K-12th grade settings.
  • MTTC Certification Test: To be certified in the state of Michigan, candidates must take and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for Reading Specialist (092). Test information and registration is available on the MTTC website.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Literacy Studies program for K-12 Reading Specialist leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Reading Specialist certification (BR endorsement).
  • Student Outcomes for Literacy Studies - Reading/Language Arts Emphasis, M.Ed.

Download the K-12 Reading Specialist Program Plan

Secondary Reading/Language Arts Program Certification and Endorsement

  • Program Type: The Literacy Studies program emphasis in Secondary Reading/Language Arts allows completers to work in 6-12th grade settings.
  • MTTC Certification Test: To be certified in the state of Michigan, candidates must take and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for Reading (005). Test information and registration is available on the MTTC website.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Literacy Studies program emphasis in Secondary Reading/Language Arts leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Reading certification (BT endorsement).
  • Student Outcomes for Literacy Studies - Reading/Language Arts Emphasis, M.Ed.

Download the Secondary Reading/Language Arts Program Plan


Admissions

The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies admission requirements and application for admission are available online. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

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

Program Director

Elizabeth Stolle, Ph.D.
(616) 331-6242
stollee@gvsu.edu


Cost

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

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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