The Master of Arts in education (literacy education) will equip you to be a literacy leader in any educational setting. The program prepares you to create literacy programs and curricula that fully incorporate digital technology and include themes of social justice. This allows you to provide high-quality literacy education to learners that enables them to reflect on their own identities as educators.
Next start date: 08/20/2020
Total classes: 9
Weeks per class: 7.5-15
Total credit hours: 30
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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.
The graduate literacy education program will 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.
ASU’s literacy program 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.
In your courses, 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.
Courses in this degree focus on literacy education best practices and teaching methods. You’ll also explore literacy beyond the classroom setting with courses examining the cultural and historical aspects of reading, writing and oral language. The master’s in literacy education degree includes a capstone course at the end of the program. In the capstone course, you’ll apply all your learning to develop and implement a professional development project for literacy educators.
This degree will prepare 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. Current teachers will improve their skill set and may be able to take on leadership roles as literacy coordinators or curriculum writers. This degree does not lead to teacher certification. The degree may qualify for a reading or literacy specialist endorsement, depending on each state’s requirements. Careers for the literacy education degree include but are not limited to:
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. ASU is ranked #10 in the world in the subject area of education, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Our college is ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Online Programs rankings. These peer-reviewed programmatic honors include:
Curriculum and Instruction.