Master of Education in Literacy Instruction

Have you been looking for accredited online master's in reading programs? If so, our 30 credit hour online MEd in Literacy Instruction program might be right for you. The MEd in Literacy Instruction program is designed to provide practical content that can be immediately used in the classroom, including instructional strategies for reading and literacy development.

This program investigates key issues facing early literacy instruction programs, literacy practices and teachers’ roles regarding reflective, instructional decisions based on an evolving view and understanding of the literacy process. Various philosophies and theories of reading, writing and language acquisition are examined.

Our accredited online master's in reading programs continue by detailing the diagnosis of reading abilities and disabilities of individual pupils, development of programs for small groups and individuals at different levels of readiness, and evaluation of progress in reading ability based on both psychological and emotional adjustment. Theories of reader response in relation to the reading process and implications for instruction are explored. 

"I was a first-year teacher teaching special education for an urban school district during the 2013-14 school year. My students could not read and didn't even know the letters of the alphabet. Through my experience with the master’s program at Graceland, I now have students who know the whole alphabet, the names of the letters and the sounds they make. We are now working on word families, sight words and reading aloud as a class. Every session at Graceland mirrored exactly what I needed to implement in my classroom. The personal growth I experienced was exponential. Every class in the program increased my confidence with research and professional writing skills. I recommend this master’s program to every teacher who would like to increase their knowledge and ability to teach literacy to their students."

- Debbie Doney


Program Benefits

  • Convenient – Study at home or school
  • Affordable – Priced to fit an educator’s budget
  • Valuable – A fully-accredited degree for career advancement
  • Enjoyable – Includes video (DVD) of master teachers applying course content in real classrooms
  • Rewarding – Apply what you have learned to help all your students succeed
  • Collaborative – Share the excitement of learning with your faculty mentor and colleagues

Program Delivery

This master’s degree is offered as an online program. During a two-year period, a cohort of teachers participate in 30 credit hours of continuously-sequenced coursework to complete the degree. An accelerated option is available.

Courses are listed below. Choose the Course Descriptions link in the right column to view complete descriptions of all courses. 

Literacy Instruction

EDUC5100 Strategies for Collaboration 3 s.h.
EDUC5103 Language, Literacy, and Learning 3 s.h.
EDUC5104 Literacy and Instruction 3 s.h.
EDUC5105 Early Literacy Development 3 s.h.
EDUC5106 Critical Perspectives of Children's Literature 3 s.h.
EDUC5107 Strategies for Reading Instruction 3 s.h.
EDUC5108 Literacy Instruction for ESL and Special Needs 3 s.h.
EDUC5109 Diagnostics and Assessment in Literacy 3 s.h.
EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.

  • Our program has multiple start dates per year. Please contact our School of Education Admissions Representative for tuition and application deadline dates. Group rates are also available.

  • Jeanette Calipetro, MEd, Admissions Representative
    Graceland University, 1401 W. Truman Road
    Independence, MO 64050