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Literacy Education Degrees and Programs


Our literacy education program provides the tools for students to work in literacy-related fields as change-makers and advocates for social justice. Students seeking to become teachers, literacy leaders, policymakers, professors, and researchers will learn how to advance literacy learning for all students, inclusive of individual’s cultures and identities. A strong emphasis on research and theory—often written by the faculty who teach in the program—will inform students' practice in schools and community settings.

The following focus areas of our program reflect the dynamic nature of literacy teaching and learning in today's world:

  • Reading, writing, multimodal, and digital literacy
  • New media literacy studies
  • Transnational and multilingual literacy practices
  • Literacy practices across ages and settings
  • Socio-cultural, cognitive, and political dimensions of literacy
  • Children's and young adult literature

Literacy Education Degrees and Programs

Find detailed information about the literacy education programs we offer. Programs with flexible or part-time options are starred (*):

Master of Education and Initial Teaching License in English Education

Master of Education Professional Studies in Literacy Education*

Master of Education Professional Studies in English Education*

Ph.D./M.A. in Literacy Education*

Certificate in Teaching Writing and Critical Literacy*

Literacy Education Program Faculty

Linda Buturian Senior Teaching Specialist
Linda Buturian
Cathy Cavanaugh Lecturer
Cathy Cavanaugh
Deborah Dillon Professor
Deborah Dillon
Justin Grinage Assistant Professor
Justin Grinage
Lori Helman Professor
Lori Helman
Timothy Lensmire Professor
Timothy Lensmire
David O'Brien Professor
David O'Brien
Marek Oziewicz Professor
Marek Oziewicz

Literacy Education Research, Centers, and Resources

Faculty engaging in literacy research have broad areas of research expertise in literacy education topics.

The department is home to the following research centers and resources focused on literacy research that improve student outcomes and support teachers:

  • The Minnesota Reading Research Center (MCRR) is a center that conducts applied research that supports teachers, particularly those who teach students of poverty and students from diverse backgrounds.
  • America Reads is a program dedicated to increasing the literacy skills of K-8 students, supporting the educational efforts of our community partners, and together fostering the development of students and literacy mentors.
  • Path to Reading Excellence in School Sites (PRESS) is a framework that structures literacy achievement in grades K-5 within contexts of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RtI). The primary goal of PRESS is to work with teachers and administrators to establish school-based systems and practices for all K-5 students to become capable readers.
  • The Curriculum Library located in Peik Hall is a resource for children’s literature and young adult fiction offering events and workshops for educators.