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M.Ed. Professional Studies in Literacy Education


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) Professional Studies in Literacy Education program is a graduate-level, on-campus, practitioner-based program designed for experienced literacy teachers who want advance their careers and leadership capacity.

The M.Ed. Professional Studies degree is designed for teachers that already hold a teaching license. If you wish to earn your teaching license, please apply to our M.Ed and Initial Teaching License in English Education program.


With guidance from faculty advisors, you will complete courses in three areas:

  • a core academic program in curriculum, assessment, and technology
  • A literacy-focused curriculum covering topics such as culturally diverse books for children, literacy development, and literature for adolescents
  • elective topics planned around your interests

View all the courses in the catalog.

Career Outlook

  • Teachers with a master's degree are regarded as experts in their field, making you a more competitive job candidate with an M.Ed.
  • Teachers who have a master's degree will see a roughly $7,000 annual salary increase [].
  • Though the salary increase with a master's degree will vary by district and state, Minnesota teachers are on the higher end of the payscale. Median Minnesota teacher salaries were $64,790 and $64,960 for middle school and high school respectively in 2019 [BLS].
  • Once a teacher is employed, there is much more mobility that comes with a master's degree. Teachers with advanced degrees can be promoted to school administration positions and can become mentors to other teachers based upon specific graduate training.

Timeline and Admissions

Applications are accepted for three different start times throughout the year.

Priority admission deadlines:

  • December 15 (spring start)
  • April 30 (summer start)
  • July 31 (fall start)

For more detailed admissions information visit the M.Ed. Professional Studies admissions page