Is this program for me?
The M. Ed. in curriculum and instruction — reading, language arts, and literature education offers graduates two options to prepare for positions in literacy education:
- A Master’s degree without certification – This option enables the students and advisors to tailor a degree plan specific to interests in literacy education. Students interested in this route may be previously certified to teach or interested in learning more about research in the field.
- A Master’s Degree with a reading specialist certification – this certification allows students to work at all levels, from K-12th grade. They will typically assist students with reading through various methods and strategies and also serve as a coach/mentor to other teachers. Read more about the reading specialist certification.
It will typically take 2 years to complete the degree if students are enrolled full-time (9 hours per semester).
What will I learn?
The master’s program in curriculum and instruction — reading, language arts, and literature education develops professional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through
- Core coursework
- Specialized electives
- A capstone project
Students will specifically learn to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of literacy development for early childhood through 12th grade students.
- Be cognizant of books and strategies that motivate youngsters to become lifetime readers.
- Be able to administer and interpret various assessment tools used to evaluate reading difficulties.
- Demonstrate presentation skills for working with in-service teachers in the area of professional development.
Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. For the most current sample degree plan, please contact Program Lead Dr. Laveria Hutchison.
What can I do with my degree?
A master’s degree in curriculum and instruction — reading, language arts, and literature education provides the best possible preparation for careers as leaders in schools and child-related agencies such as hospitals, industry, and mental health.
Graduates of this program may pursue the following positions:
- Community college instructors
- Curriculum specialists
- Literacy coaches/mentors
- Reading specialist (for those students pursuing certification)
To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.