Traditional Master's in Literacy Program

The traditional Master’s in Literacy (MSEd – Literacy) Program offers individuals the opportunity to advance their skills as a literacy professional and gives them the opportunity to change lives through highly effective literacy instruction.

About the program

Our program is designed for those currently in the teaching field or those interested in furthering their education in the field of literacy. The courses within the program cover a variety of topics, from early literacy development to content area literacy, as well as assessment in literacy and instruction for diverse learners. The program is aligned to International Literacy Association (ILA) standards and also includes coursework required to obtain Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) K-12 Special Reading Teacher Certification.

The MSEd – Literacy Program can be completed in as little as two years. When students are admitted, schedules are planned one-on-one with the program’s coordinator, Dr. Kayla Lewis, and tailored to meet individual student needs. To be admitted into the program, students must apply through GradCAS, and submit transcripts (minimum of 2.75 GPA from undergraduate program), a letter of intent, and a current resume or CV.  Students not meeting the undergraduate GPA requirement may take the GRE or take up to nine hours as a nondegree-seeking student before being accepted into the program.

Foundation for success

With a MSEd-Literacy degree students will have the opportunity to join an exciting and life-changing field. In addition, students will be equipped with the tools necessary to work effectively with children in a classroom or intervention setting from kindergarten to grade 12, including Title I schools.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Kayla Lewis, Program Coordinator
Hill Hall, Room 209
417-836-4196