Online Master of Arts in Education – Literacy Education

Arizona State University’s online Master of Arts in education with a concentration in literacy education prepares you to create literacy programs and curricula that fully incorporate digital technology and include themes of social justice. This allows you to provide learners with a high-quality literacy education and the ability to reflect on their own identities as educators.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 9

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5-15

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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What is literacy education?

Literacy education is the process of teaching fundamental reading, writing and other communication skills. Literacy skills are critical to education because they are necessary for learning in every subject area.

In this literacy education concentration, you’ll work with tenured faculty who are leaders in literacy education. The faculty members who design and teach courses in this degree have served as leaders in literacy education professional organizations and consulted on literacy projects across the U.S.

The skills you’ll develop in a literacy education master’s concentration

This online literacy education concentration goes beyond reading and writing to include several other digital literacies that are essential to the 21st century. These other forms of literacy include new technology use, digital media and visual images. In the program, you’ll learn how to use technology to enhance learning and teach these new digital literacies.

This master’s program will also teach you how to design and teach literacy programs for diverse learners of all ages. You’ll learn literacy education best practices and gain an in-depth understanding of how to plan literacy instruction.

Why study literacy and reading education?

Literacy is critical to individual and community well-being. As a literacy educator, you’ll have the opportunity to teach crucial skills that empower individuals to never stop learning and improve their chances for success.

A master’s in education with a literacy education concentration can also help you advance your career. While this degree doesn’t lead to teacher certification, it can help you transition into a literacy education role, such as a tutor, instructional coach or librarian. If you’re already a certified teacher, this program can improve your literacy teaching skills to better serve your students.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” 

Literacy education master’s courses

Courses focus on literacy education best practices and teaching methods. You’ll explore literacy beyond the classroom setting with courses examining the cultural and historical aspects of reading, writing and oral language.


Core

Developmental Reading


Core

Digital Literacies


Core

Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners


Core

Multimodal Literature for Children and Adolescents


Core

Theoretical Foundations in Language and Literacy


Core

Writing through the Lifespan


Elective

Literacy Methods, Assessment and Reflection for Adolescents and Adults


Elective

Literacy Methods, Assessment and Reflection for Children


Literacy education jobs you’ll be prepared for

This degree prepares you for a variety of careers in literacy education. Graduates are well equipped for any job focused on designing or teaching literacy programs, such as a literacy tutor or reading specialist. 

This degree does not lead to teacher certification. However, it may qualify for a reading or literacy specialist endorsement, depending on each state’s requirements. 

Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Adjunct professor

Curriculum writer

Doctoral student

Instructional coach

Instructor

Librarian

Literacy coordinator

Literacy media specialist

Literacy tutor

Gain a degree from leaders in teaching and education

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Gain a degree from leaders in teaching and education

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

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Join one of the best colleges of education in the nation

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the only U.S. college of education to rank in the top 15 in both on-campus and online graduate education degrees.

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Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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