Literacy Graduate Program

Why study literacy at Missouri State?

  • You will expand on the knowledge you have from your undergraduate education program, making you a literacy expert.
  • Our highly-qualified faculty members instruct in their areas of expertise, allowing you to learn first-hand from instructors with vast knowledge bases and backgrounds.
  • We will help prepare you with the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions to be a competent literacy teacher for kindergarten through grade 12.
  • You will learn the best practices of teaching literacy, and you will leave our program with certification as a literacy educator and a highly marketable degree.
  • We offer personalized advisement to keep your coursework consistent.

Continue on the path of lifelong learning

Our program is committed to helping you advance as a reading professional. You will be empowered with the critical thinking, problem solving and creative capabilities that will support your growth.

Successful completion of our program results in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Special Reading Teacher Certification for grades K-12; you must be certified in an additional area before you can qualify for certification.

Degree options

Traditional master's

Advance your skills as a literacy professional and gain the opportunity to change lives through reading.

Careers and Outcomes

Consider the options for lifetime success. A graduate degree in literacy prepares you for work as an educator, literacy coach or director of reading programs.


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