Language and Literacy, M.Ed.

The M.Ed. in Language and Literacy is designed for individuals who wish to grow their knowledge and expertise in language and literacy teaching. Candidates will select an area of concentration within the program: Multi-Literacy or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The program prepares candidates to serve as a literacy teacher, literacy coach, literacy specialist, and/or ESOL teacher in K-12 school and district settings.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Foundational Knowledge. Candidates have knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  2. Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Materials. Candidates use a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction.
  3. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation. Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.
  4. Creating a Literate Environment. Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, use of instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
  5. Professional Development. Candidates view professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.


In addition to The Graduate School’s application requirements, applicants must submit a letter of intent. Students in the M.Ed. program will follow the program of study outlined below and are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours.

Degree Requirements (30 Hours)

Language and Literacy (15 Hours)

Course Title Credits
EDRD 714Critical Foundations of Literacy3
EDRD 715Instructional Strategies for Reading3
EDRD 716Foundations of Reading Assessment3
EDRD 730Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3
EDRD 760Literacy Research and Inquiry3
Total Credit Hours15

Concentration (15 hours) 

Complete 15 credit hours in selected concentration: Multi-Literacy or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Multi-Literacy Concentration (15 hours)

Course Title Credits
EDRD 750Literacy Curriculum Development3
EDRD 776Coaching within Classrooms: Improving Teaching and Literacy Instruction3
EDRD 783Literacy Leadership and Supervision3
EDRD 796Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL Learners: Theory and Practice3
3 hours in research as approved by advisor3
Total Credit Hours15

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Concentration (15 hours)

Course Title Credits
EDRD 794Linguistics for Classroom Teachers PreK-123
EDRD 795ESOL Principles and Strategies for PreK-12 Classrooms3
EDRD 796Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL Learners: Theory and Practice3
EDRD 797Assessment for English Language Learners3
EDRD 798Curriculum Design and Materials Development for English Language Learners3
Total Credit Hours15

Comprehensive Assessment

The comprehensive assessment requires the student to organize and synthesize the skills, competencies, and knowledge gained in his/her coursework in the Language & Literacy Program.