Master of Education in Literacy

Degree Awarded: MED
Unit: GE
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Program Information

The M.Ed. in literacy with Literacy Specialist P-12 endorsement is designed for certified teachers who plan to seek a master's degree. The program was designed in collaboration with P-12 classroom teachers, district specialists, and university faculty for preparing reading specialists/literacy coaches. The program leads to a Kentucky "Literacy Specialist P-12" endorsement.

Program highlights include:

  • Prepares candidates to become reading specialists (work with students who are struggling readers) as well as literacy coaches (work with adults to advance literacy school-wide)
  • Meets the International Reading Association Standards for Reading Professionals (2010)
  • Has a strong emphasis on the balance among knowledge, skills, and strategies
  • Prepares candidates to work with students in literacy from birth through grade 12
  • Uses the Common Core Standards as a guide
  • Is taught by nationally recognized faculty in collaboration with practitioners
  • Focuses on meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Emphasizes coaching and mentoring colleagues
  • Places your classroom and school as the focus of course discussions and assessment


CARDS 4 (Entry Assessment): Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and to the M.Ed. in literacy program; self-assessment on The Kentucky Guide to Reflective Classroom Practice; professional growth plan; must hold a valid teaching certificate and three years of full-time teaching experience.

Course #    DescriptionCredit Hours
Research (3 credit hours)
EDAP 639  Education Research in the P-12 Setting3

Teaching Reading Core (15 credit hours) (9 credit hours should be completed before EDAP 615/CARDS 5)

EDAP 610  Literacy Research and Theory3
EDAP 636  Advanced Reading Methods3
EDAP 642  Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences3
EDAP 678  Language Knowledge and Acquisition3
EDAP 615  Measurement and Diagnosis of Literacy3

CARDS 4 (Mid-point Assessment--after at least 9 credit hours)

Successful completion of nine credit hours Teaching Reading Core; IRA Standards Midpoint Portfolio (to be completed and assessed in EDAP 615); self-assessment on standards 1-4 of The Kentucky Guide to Reflective Classroom Practice; scored acceptable or target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates (by advisor); acceptable dispositions assessment; minimum GPA of 3.0.

Course #    DescriptionCredit Hours
Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Focus (15 credit hours)
EDAP 614  Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers3
EDAP 693  Teaching Writing P-123
EDAP 641  Literacy Leadership and School-wide Planning3
EDAP 618  Practicum in Literacy:  Reading Specialist3
EDAP 679  Practicum in Literacy:  Literacy Coach3
Elective (to be approved by advisor)  3 hours3
Minimum total credit hours36

CARDS 6 (Exit Assessment):

Successful completion of all required coursework; completed IRA Standards Portfolio (to be assessed by advisor); updated and revised professional growth plan; final self-assessment on all standards of The Kentucky Guide to Reflective Classroom Practice; scored acceptable or target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates (by advisor);  Praxis for Reading Specialist (#0300) with acceptable KY cut-off score; at least three years of teaching experience is required to be eligible for the literacy specialist endorsement.


1.  Transfer credit must be officially accepted by the advisor, final acceptance is dependent upon receipt of official transcripts.

2.  A maximum of six credit hours taken in non-degree status can be applied toward a master's degree (upon approval of advisor).

3.  To complete the program, students must have minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.  No credit shall be accepted for carrying a grade lower than "C".

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the graduate catalog, "Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements".


Kathryn Whitmore Barten


James Chisholm

Assistant Professor

Tammi Davis


Amy Seely Flint


Penny Howell

Associate Professor

Pamela Jett


Tasha Tropp Laman

Associate Professor

Ann Larson


Lori Norton-Meier


Mikkaka Overstreet


Amy Stevens


Jean Wolph