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Teachers who want to become K-12 Reading Specialists or Literacy Coaches are required to complete the Master of Arts in Literacy Education. This program is designed to:

  • increase candidates’ knowledge of the nature and scope of literacy processes
  • advance professional growth in the teaching of literacy
  • provide specialized training in assessment and intervention for students who struggle with reading and writing
  • prepare candidates for leadership in literacy instructional planning, curriculum development, and professional support 

We try to keep class sizes small so that candidates have opportunities to work collaboratively with frequent interactions with dedicated faculty.

Credit hours required: 33


The program admits students for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Classroom teachers who want to obtain a Master of Arts in Literacy Education can complete the application on Northeastern's website.

Career Options 

The M.A. in Literacy Education prepares students for employment as:

  • Reading Specialists in schools, coordinating schoolwide literacy programs and working with colleagues to design effective literacy instruction for all students
  • Literacy Coaches in schools, designing professional development for teachers and providing instructional support in classrooms
  • Interventionists, providing specialized instruction for students who struggle with reading and writing

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in Literacy Education and the courses offered toward the degree.

Literacy Education, M.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Literacy, Leadership and Development.

Literacy, Leadership and Development

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to 9,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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