Language & Literacy Education Graduate Program

The graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree (M. Ed.), with a specialization in Language and Literacy Education (i.e. reading education), addresses the North Carolina Masters/Advanced Competencies which include standards in Instructional Expertise, Knowledge of Learners, Research Expertise, Connecting Subject Matter and Learners, and Professional Development and Leadership.

The program leading to the Master of Education degree (M. Ed.) in Language and Literacy (i.e. reading) Education provides advanced professional training for individuals holding, or qualified to hold, North Carolina Class "A" teacher licensure in at least one area of education. The 33-semester hour program is comprised of 27 hours in the specialization and 6 hours of electives. Based on the view of the professional as a decision-maker, the program addresses the needs for conceptual and procedural bases for decision making, for specific practices, and for structured reflection.

A variety of delivery methods available to meet student needs. This program serves teachers focused on becoming the best classroom literacy teachers and literacy specialists possible. It will help educators to plan, implement, and deliver a quality, comprehensive literacy program. The graduate program leads to K-12 Reading Add-on Licensure. The program is designed to prepare graduates to function effectively in a variety of roles, such as literacy or instructional coach, K-12 literacy specialist, , , professional development leader, mentor for graduate students, school district literacy coordinator, and literacy tutor.

Program of Study

Language and Literacy Specialty (27 hours)

  • EDN 536 Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas Using Multiple Literacies (3)
  • EDN 538 The Teaching of Writing from a Writer's Perspective (3)
  • EDN 541 The Role of Literature and the Curriculum (3)
  • EDN 558 Language, Literacy, and Culture (3)
  • EDN 566 Research in Literacy Education (3)
  • EDN 584 Development of Language and Literacy Curriculum (3)
  • EDN 586 Professional Roles and Systems for Change in Literacy Education (3)

  • EDN 588 Assessments in Language and Literacy (3), co-requisite EDN 589)
  • EDN 589 Tutoring and Coaching for Literacy Development (co-requisite EDN 588) (3)

Electives (6 hours)

  • Recommended Electives: EDN 504, EDN 507, EDN 537, EDN 540, EDN 545, EDN 547, EDN 550, EDN 552, EDN 568, EDN 581, EDN 595 LIC 552, LIC 555 and other courses as approved by the advisor.

Note: Each student is required to complete the comprehensive examination process as defined by the Language and Literacy faculty prior to completion of the program.

Exit Requirements

The culminating experience for the program is a comprehensive project, which represents students' learning throughout the program. The project must be satisfactorily completed  to graduate. Download the Comprehensive Exam Application >

Students qualify for recommendation for graduate level licensure in reading by completing the Master of Education in Language & Literacy Education.

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Individuals who hold a Master's degree in Education in a related area may qualify to be recommended for graduate level licensure in reading by completing 24 additional hours of course work approved by the Language and Literacy faculty. The individual must complete a minimum of twelve hours of work at UNCW. 

Program Strands

The Language and Literacy Program strands are the basis for the design of the program both in terms of required courses and elective choices. Each course in the program of study addresses all strands of the program but focuses on strands that are essential to than particular aspect of literacy education. During the comprehensive examination process the student is called to consider their personal growth in each strand of the program through the selection of artifacts that clearly represent their knowledge for each strand of literacy education.

I. Foundational Knowledge
II. Application of Foundational Knowledge
a. Curriculum and Instruction
b. Assessment and Evaluation
c. Literate Environment
d. Student Learning
III. Diversity
IV. Professionalism
V. Leadership
VI. Reflection

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Special Features

Students are encouraged to use elective hours to take advantage of special courses and study abroad to England, Belize, South Africa, and Japan. Visit our International webpage for more information.