Master of Education in Literacy - Literacy Teacher Program

Loyola's graduate programs in literacy emphasize a strong foundation in reading and the development of leadership skills. In this program, you'll prepare not only to meet the needs of struggling readers, but also to assume leadership positions within your school. The programs emphasize a strong theoretical understanding of the reading process as well as practical application with K-12 students.

Coursework employs research-based practices that directly address the literacy needs of struggling students in the 21st century. Throughout the program, courses are supported by hands-on experience. You will participate in a culminating summer practicum where you will work intensely with individual students and their parents. You will conduct full diagnostic assessments, prepare individualized instructional programs, work with students based on the individual programs, evaluate the effects of the instruction, and write complete case studies for each student.

Loyola's graduate programs in reading prepare you to assess, diagnose, and instruct K-12 students as well as provide leadership to other school professionals and parents. The program consists of a comprehensive 33-credit course of study that has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

This program is designed for certified teachers or teachers with a minimum of three years PK through grade 12 teaching experience, who wish to become more knowledgeable about literacy. (Note: MSDE requires three years of classroom experience and certification or eligibility for certification in Maryland to be certified as a reading specialist).

Program Format

The literacy education program may be taken full-time (to be completed in 18-24 months) or part-time (to be completed in 2-5 years). Those who pursue full-time enrollment options are expected to dedicate their time to the fast-paced schedules of a demanding and rigorous courseload. Part-time options offer a self-paced opportunity to complete requirements over a longer period of time with courses delivered at times of the day that are convenient to full-time work schedules.

You must complete each block before proceeding to the next block. Courses from the preceding block are prerequisites for the blocks that follow. Courses within a block may be taken in any order unless otherwise stated.

BLOCK 1 (9 credits)

  • RE 510: Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • RE 523: Emergent Literacy Development
  • RE 531: Youth and Adolescent Literacy

BLOCK 2 (12 credits)

  • RE 601: Media Literacy Education
  • RE 609: Content Area Literacy
  • RE 622: Children's and Adolescent Literature
  • RE 670: Teacher Research and Inquiry

BLOCK 3 (12 credits)

  • RE 737: Literacy Assessments in Group Contexts
  • RE 739: Literacy Assessments of Individuals
  • RE 770: Literacy Education Seminar