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Master of Education Online: Literacy Concentration

Program overview

Become an Expert in Literacy Instruction

Prepare to impart the gift of reading to diverse learners of all ages and backgrounds. Calvin University’s M.Ed. degree with a literacy concentration helps instructors develop their skills in literacy research and curriculum development. By graduation, you will be prepared to support teachers and students confidently.

Prepare to impart the gift of reading to diverse learners of all ages and backgrounds. Calvin University’s M.Ed. degree with a literacy concentration helps instructors develop their skills in literacy research and curriculum development. By graduation, you will be prepared to support teachers and students confidently.

Quick Facts

15-36

months to completion

30

total credit hours

6

starts per year

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Impart the Gift of Reading

Literacy prepares students for success in all areas of education. At Calvin University, you can explore how to meet the needs of diverse learners when you earn a master’s degree with a literacy concentration.

Once you complete the program, you’ll be able to recognize and diagnose reading difficulties, develop plans that meet the individualized needs of students, and encourage other educators to use research-backed literacy education practices. 

Career Outlook

Influence Readers of All Ages

Literacy is pivotal for learning success. With an M.Ed. degree with a literacy concentration, you will be prepared for careers that transform the reading capabilities of students of all ages and backgrounds. Special education teachers, reading curriculum specialists, and literacy coaches and advisors can make a profound mark on learners and society.

Other Titles

  • Literacy specialist
  • Literacy coach
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Literacy advisor

Special Education Teacher

$59,780/YEAR 1

In this position, you would work closely with students who have diverse learning needs. Special education teachers develop lessons to meet the abilities of their students, as well as mentor other teachers and parents to influence student progress.

Curriculum Specialist

$64,450/YEAR 2

In this role, you could develop and implement curriculum, suggest materials, and coach other teachers. With the literacy concentration, you would focus on designing reading curriculum to positively impact literacy skills in students. 

Career Outlook

Curriculum

Calvin University’s Master of Education courses combine theoretical knowledge with real-world skills, including a practicum in your area if you’re seeking state endorsement. Our literacy concentration prepares students to design effective reading curriculum and qualify for a reading specialist certificate, depending on state requirements. By the end of our program, you will be ready to teach and support other teachers with confidence.

This Master of Education program is currently approved by the Higher Learning Commission to be offered at our campus. We are currently seeking approval to offer the entire program online (a process which has been delayed by COVID-19). We cannot guarantee that you can complete this program online until the HLC process is complete. However, accreditation will apply retroactively to graduates, even if the institution is in candidacy status at this time.

Course Spotlight:

EDUC 542 Diagnosis & Remediation of Literacy Difficulties

In this course, participants consider the developmental, socio-cultural and cognitive aspects of literacy teaching with students of all ages. The course presents and critiques current positions from which literacy instruction is designed and delivered. It develops participants’ pedagogy as they learn to assess a reader’s abilities and develop instructional responses. Course participants undertake a case study to complement the course readings, discussion and other learning. Course objectives are met through a deep engagement with a student who has been identified as an “at risk” reader.

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EDUC 544 The Early Literacy Learner

This course examines the social practices and cognitive development by which children progress towards independent abilities to participate in reading activity. Course participants identify young learner’s diverse social-cultural memberships, language abilities and the environmentally influenced experiences that children bring to school. Participants explore the concepts and abilities necessary for the development of new literacy learners. Using research, theory and experience, participants explore, analyze, and practice classroom pedagogies that best nourish each literacy learner’s foundation towards independent abilities for reading and writing.

Concentrations

Master of Education Online: Inclusion Specialist Concentration

Calvin University’s M.Ed. degree with an inclusion specialist concentration prepares you to create school-wide policies, programs, and practices for inclusive learning environments.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes. Calvin University offers many scholarships and grants. In fact, 99% of new Calvin students receive scholarships and/or grants that don’t need to be repaid. Find out more about financial aid options.

Each program is different, but we strive to be as flexible as possible when helping you achieve your goals. For more information, contact us.

While our curriculum is taught from a Christian perspective, being a Christian is not required to apply to Calvin University.

Yes. You must choose between the literacy concentration and the inclusion specialist concentration.

You can visit us! Calvin University is in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

To apply for admission, follow this process:

Step 1: Fill out our application form.

Step 2: Complete your application file, including all program-specific requirements.

Step 3: Request official transcripts from each undergraduate or post-graduate institution you have attended.

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