The Literacy (M.S.E.) degree prepares professional educators to assume leadership roles related to literacy, primarily in school settings. The curriculum addresses the most recent research, theory and policy related to literacy as well as in-depth study of accomplished instructional practice.
All coursework is available online. Masters core courses may be taken online or face to face.
Degree candidates for the Literacy M.S.E. are also eligible to participate in the Lalanne Program. The Lalanne Program offers graduate students a unique opportunity to live in a communal setting with fellow teachers while pursuing their studies. It also provides a living stipend and loan deferment.
Applicants to the literacy program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:
- Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
- Three letters of recommendation supporting the applicant's potential for leading professional development, including one letter from a school or district administrator providing assurance that the applicant will be able to carry out the activities specified in the internship component of the program. These include providing a minimum of 8 school-based professional development sessions over 24 weeks of the school year and time during the school day for individual coaching of teachers.
- Provide proof the applicant meets State of Ohio eligibility requirements, as approved by the State Board of Education, including a professional teaching license; at least 3 years of successful teaching under a standard teaching certificate, provisional teaching license, or professional teaching license; and a reading endorsement.
Additional requirements apply for international students.
Preference will be given to applicants who have one or more years of experience as a professional development provider in year long, school-based professional development in literacy, such as the Literacy Specialist Project, Reading First, Reading Recovery, or Literacy Collaborative. In addition, a minimum of one year of one-on-one coaching of classroom teachers is preferred.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog.