Master's in Literacy

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Loyola's graduate programs in literacy prepare educators to help children develop critical reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills and knowledge necessary to navigate their worlds both inside and outside school. Founded on principles of research, theory, and practice, our courses call on sociocultural and developmental theoretical perspectives in literacy to enhance teachers' understanding of the reading-writing-learning connections that allow students from diverse backgrounds to become confident, successful learners.

Program Overview

  • Illustration of a stack of books Credits: 30
  • Illustration of a calendar Class Duration: 8 weeks
  • Illustration of a computer with charts and graphs on the screen Delivery: 100% online
  • Illustration of an analog clock Format: Part-time
  • Illustration of a classical building with columns Next Admission Term: Fall 2022
  • Illustration of a graduation cap Time of Completion: 2-5 years

International Literacy Association (ILA) Recognition

International Literacy Association Reading/Literacy Specialist Preparation Program BadgeLoyola's Reading Specialist program has been recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA) for its outstanding preparation of literacy professionals and continuous efforts to transform lives through literacy. Loyola is the only institution in Maryland that offers a Reading Specialist program aligned to the new ILA standards. Additionally, Loyola is one of only five literacy programs in the entire United States to receive this recognition.


Upcoming Virtual Events

Join Loyola's School of Education this fall as we host a series of live and informational virtual events. You'll have a chance to learn more about the School of Education and our program offerings, meet our admission team and award winning faculty, or gain insightful resources and strategies on trending topics in education.

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Virtual Information Session: Wednesday June 22nd, July 20th, or August 24th at 5:30pm. EST.

Program Overview

True to Loyola's Jesuit roots, we focus on literacy as a social justice issue and a right for all children in public and private schools, with the knowledge that literacy is the focus of all educational endeavors. Our orientation toward literacy focuses on the many "ways" that people read and write in their lives, with specific attention to the cultural and social practices or activities that shape people's interaction with texts and contexts.

Reading Specialist Track

The reading specialist track is based on a reflexive practitioner model that contains a capstone experience in two separate supervised practica. These clinical courses are aligned to the 2017 International Reading Association Standards for Reading Specialist including a two-course practica sequence and lead to advanced certification as a reading specialist, K-12, from the Maryland State Department of Education. In these practica, candidates conduct full diagnostic assessments, prepare individualized instruction programs, work with K-12 students, and evaluate the effects of the instruction.

Learn more about the M.Ed. in Literacy Education, Reading Specialist Track (certification program)

Culturally Linguistically Diverse Populations Track

The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations track will also emphasize becoming a reflexive practitioner but will include courses on teaching English Language Learners aligned to the Teachers of English as a Second or Other Languages (TESOL) Standards and, coupled with a passing score on the Praxis II ESOL exam, leads to ESOL certification in Maryland. 

Learn more about the M.Ed. in Literacy Education, Literacy Teacher for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations Track

Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)

The certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) is a 15-credit fully online synchronous program designed to assist professionals working with English language learning clients or students to develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for effective expertise in bilingual teaching, learning, and assessment.

Learn more about the Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Program


Program Advantages

  • Courses are offered fully online.
  • Only 1-2 years to completion for each Literacy Education track.
  • Only 30 credits are required for each Literacy Education track.
  • The TELL track only requires 15 credits (3 semesters).
  • We focus on literacy as a social justice issue and right for all people.
  • We develop reflexive practitioners who serve as curricular experts, advocates, and literacy leaders in their communities.
  • We offer rich field experiences supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students.

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