Master's in Literacy

A Master's in Literacy teacher working with students in the classroom

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.  

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.



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. 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. 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. 


Prospective students will be able to choose their path as:

Program Advantages 

  • 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.
  • We deliver courses both in person and online within the two master's degree tracks.

Site-Based Cohorts

This program is also offered through the site-based cohorts to employees of local school systems at various off-campus locations. Visit our cohort website to get information about applying to the program.

  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Prince Georges County Public Schools