M.Ed. - Language and Literacy
This updated master's degree is designed for educators who want to deepen their knowledge and practice in literacy instruction. It is ideal for classroom teachers and those who are or want to become reading specialists or literacy coaches. Graduates will leave with a strong understanding of literacy research and theory and effective teaching of language, reading, and writing.
This M.Ed in Literacy is designed to be a rigorous program of study aligned with the standards from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the International Reading Association (IRA), and Washington State endorsement standards for reading. The program features a flexible approach that recognizes the busy schedules and demands of working professionals and a supportive context in which teachers can explore and extend their capacity for leadership in the field. The goal is for the scholarship that teachers engage in during their time in the program to be as applicable to their everyday work in classrooms as possible. The courses are taught by full-time literacy faculty who not only have expertise in the field but also have real experience in the classroom.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a certification program. Those interested in getting certified to teach should investigate our other programs.
Who should apply?
Certified P-12 teachers with at least one year experience prior to the quarter they enter the program. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for those having non-traditional or substitute teaching experience or who wish to prepare for other positions for which this degree program would provide obvious benefits.
This degree program supports:
- Teachers working on their Washington State Professional Certificate
- Teachers who want to add a reading or ESOL endorsement to their certificate.
- Teachers who want to achieve National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading/Language Arts, English as a New Language, English Language Arts, and Exceptional Needs Specialists.
- Teachers working toward Professional Certification.
How are students admitted?
The program is on a two-year cycle, admitting to begin Winter Quarter on the odd years (e.g., 2015, 2017). We begin taking applications for cohorts beginning Spring Quarter. Potential students may take courses in advance and transfer up to 9 quarter credits of graduate work. Not all credits will count and students should get recommendations and approvals in advance.
Most successful applicants are certified P-12 teachers with at least one year experience prior to the quarter they enter the program. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for those having non-traditional or substitute teaching experience or who wish to prepare for other positions for which this degree program would provide obvious benefits.
- WWU Graduate School application
- Application fee
- Three (3) letters of reference
- Statement of purpose for seeking the M.Ed., not to exceed 1 page
- GRE, MAT scores (unless you hold a Master’s, PhD, JD, or MD)
- Interview (only if requested by the department)
What are the program requirements?
- EDUC 501 – Introduction to Educational Research
- I T 515 - Literacy, Language & Technology of Communication
- ELED 538 – Current Issues: Assessment and Evaluation in Elementary Literacy Education
- ELED 521 – Seminar: Teaching the Integrated Language Arts
- ELED 535 – Research Analysis of Current Issues in Elementary Education
- ELED 587 – Improvement of Instruction in Literacy
- TESOL 410 – Second Language Acquisition Theory for TESOL
- ELED 586 – Seminar for Reading Literacy Specialists
- ELED 583 – Literacy and Children’s Literature
- Additional literacy-related electives are to be selected by advisement.
Master’s Research Project and Comprehensive Exam
- EDUC 691 – Research Seminar and Inquiry Project
- Inquiry under the direction of faculty committee, presentation, and defense to Woodring faculty.
Note: Students interested in the thesis option should speak with an advisor.
How long will the program take?
Students who follow the designed sequence should be able to complete the program in just under two years and is 49 credits. Courses are offered evenings, weekends, and summers.
What if I still have questions?
Faculty and staff are happy to provide more details and to respond to your questions.