Online Master of Education Program in Literacy Instruction

Have you been looking for an accredited online master of education program? If so, our 30-hour online Master of Education 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 online Master of Education program investigates key issues facing early literacy instruction, 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. 

  • Convenient – Study at home or school.
  • Affordable – Priced to fit an educator’s budget.
  • Valuable – Use this fully-accredited degree for career advancement.
  • Rewarding – Apply what you have learned to help all your students succeed.
  • Collaborative – Share the excitement of learning with your faculty mentor and colleagues.

This MEd degree is offered as an online program. During the program, a cohort of teachers participate in 30 credit hours of sequenced coursework to complete the degree. 

Courses are listed below. Choose the course descriptions link in the left 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.
EDUC5106 Critical Perspectives of Children's Literature 3 s.h.
EDUC5107 Strategies for Reading Instruction 3 s.h.
EDUC5109 Diagnostics and Assessment in Literacy 3 s.h.
EDUC5520 Developing and Facilitating Effective Professional Development Experiences
EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.
Graduate-level Education Electives 3 s.h.

Our online Master of Education 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.

 

Courses for Literacy Instruction

EDUC5100 Strategies for Collaboration 3 s.h.
Builds a professional learning community in a social learning context designed to discover how to take ownership for learning through shared readings, experiences, and reflections. Critically examines current educational trends and practices and clarifies procedures for systematic academic inquiry and reflection. Begins to develop the skills, nuances, and insights necessary for dynamic collaboration for future learning and application.

EDUC5103 Language, Literacy, and Learning 3 s.h.
Examines language development and functions as related to emergent literacy, social contexts, standard English, and linguistic diversity. Considers a variety of approaches to language study, explores language use both in and out of school, and implications for teaching.

EDUC5104 Literacy and Instruction 3 s.h.
Addresses critical reading developments and conceptions of writing and writing research. Reviews major shifts and trends in writing instruction and the key people who have influenced the field of writing instruction at the elementary school level.

EDUC5106 Critical Perspectives of Children's Literature 3 s.h.
Reviews children's literature through the lens of literary theory and research in children's literature to include critical evaluation and selection skills. Addresses reading and writing methods and strategies linked to the utilization of children's literature in the classroom.

EDUC5107 Strategies for Reading Instruction 3 s.h.
Examines 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. Explores theories of reader response in relation to the reading process and implications for instruction.

EDUC5109 Diagnostics and Assessment in Literacy 3 s.h.
Investigates a review of cognitive and affective assessments in reading and writing. Develops and applies strategies for using data to adapt instruction for learners with reading difficulties. Focuses on the Identification of best practices for literacy evaluation.

EDUC5520 Developing and Facilitating Effective Professional Development Experiences 3 s.h.
Provides knowledge and skills through the development of effective design and facilitation of professional development and/or training experiences, including relevant teaching and learning theories/models. Identifies appropriate resources; marketing, designing effective workshops and/or training materials and using assessment tools for evaluation purposes will be explored.

EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
Focuses on action research methodology and provides preparation to engage in a research study that addresses P-12 students' learning. Emphasizes the development of a research question, review of literature, methods and procedures and appropriate APA usage. Demonstrates the inquiry process through submission of a Capstone Action Research proposal and accompanying approval documents. Prerequisites: All courses listed in emphasis.

EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.
Focuses on the implementation and completion of the approved action research study designed in EDUC6100. Presents dissemination of research results and conclusions and peer reviews critical analysis of the research process. Prerequisite: EDUC6100.

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

Questions? Please contact us: 
 

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