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Professional Development: M.Ed.
Literacy Education

Earn your master of education.

This is a practitioner-based, on-campus program designed for experienced literacy teachers who want to advance their careers and leadership capacity.


Number of credits: 30

Priority admission deadlines:

  • December 15 (spring start)
  • April 30 (summer start)
  • July 31 (fall start)
Student and teacher working on writing together

What you'll learn

Courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

Core curriculum (6 credits):

  • Contemporary approaches to curriculum: Instruction and assessment
  • Technology tools for educators

Literacy education curriculum (18 credits). Select 18 credits from the following courses:

  • Literature for the elementary school
  • Introduction to special collections
  • Creative writing for and by children
  • Culturally diverse books for children and adolescents
  • Special topics in the teaching of literacy
  • Teaching reading in the elementary school
  • Reading difficulties: Instruction and assessment
  • Literacy development in the primary grades
  • Elementary literacy instruction for ESL students
  • Introduction to instructional leadership in K-12 reading
  • Instructional leadership in reading in kindergarten and the elementary grades
  • Instructional leadership in reading for the middle and secondary grades
  • Professional development and evolving practice in K-12 reading
  • Instructional leadership in preventing reading difficulties
  • Teaching literature in the secondary school
  • Teaching writing in schools
  • Literature for adolescents
  • Teaching reading in middle and secondary grades
  • Teaching composition in the secondary school and college
  • Evaluating and assessing writing
  • Teaching film, television, and media studies
  • Teaching digital writing: blogs, wikis, online talk, podcasting and e-portfolios to teach writing

+ Electives (6 credits). Select 6 credits from the following courses. All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise specified:

  • Language, culture, and education
  • Introduction to instructional systems and technology
  • Planning for k-12 technology design and integration
  • Facilitating technology integration in classrooms
  • Teaching via the internet
  • Teaching second languages and cultures in elementary schools
  • The assessment of learners with limited English proficiency
  • Teaching middle and secondary immigrant and refugee students with limited formal schooling
  • Foundations of second languages and cultures education
  • Reading and writing in a second language
  • Speaking and listening in a second language
  • The everyday lives of youth
  • Experiential learning: Theory and practice
  • Language and culture
  • Communication and gender
  • Youth in modern society
  • Reading in special subjects
  • Readings in American literature
  • Readings in American minority literature
  • Knowing, learning, and thinking (4 cr.)
  • Psychology of instruction and technology
  • Psychology of student learning
  • Cooperative learning
  • Principles of educational and psychological measurement (4 cr.)
  • Understanding of academic disabilities
  • Foundations of special education

Learn from leading scholars
Cutting-edge research

Our faculty have won teaching awards from universities across the country and internationally. Their research informs policy and fills textbooks.

Just as importantly, we want to support your interests. You'll work with a faculty adviser to plan your coursework around your interests.

Increased compensation
Good return on your investment

Earn, on average, $6,000/year more than a teacher with a bachelor's degree.

$660.17/credit for MN residents ($1,021.17/credit: nonresidents). Scholarships, grants, loans and loan forgiveness are available. More cost information is on the CE+HD site.

Get credit for past work
Transfer credits

Maximum transfer credits: 12

Credits may have been taken at UMN, or at another institution. Credits must be at the graduate level and must be approved by a faculty adviser.

  1. Contact the academic adviser (for contact info, see below) to arrange to work with a faculty adviser to have your courses approved
  2. After the faculty adviser approves your transfer courses, fill out the Academic Policy Petition.

Prepare to apply
All applicants

A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required.

To apply you will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted.
  • Resume. Tailor your resume to focus on relevant academic and work experience.
  • Personal statement. Describe your career goals and rationale for pursuing your M.Ed. Limit: 1 page.

Prepare to apply
International applicants

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
  • A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

Download and refer to this tip sheet as you work through the application. The included directions will help you complete your application quickly and smoothly.


Academic adviser
Michelle McElroy