The MEd in Literacy with Literacy Specialist P-12 Endorsement is designed for certified teachers who plan to seek a master's degree. The program was designed in collaboration with P-12 classroom teachers, district specialists, and university faculty for preparing reading specialists/literacy coaches. The program leads to a Kentucky "Literacy Specialist P-12" endorsement.
Program highlights include:
- Prepares candidates to become reading specialists (work with students who are struggling readers) as well as literacy coaches (work with adults to advance literacy school-wide)
- Meets the International Literacy Association Standards for Reading Professionals (2010)
- Has a strong emphasis on the balance among knowledge, skills, and strategies
- Prepares candidates to work with students in literacy from birth through grade 12
- Uses the Kentucky Academic Standards as a guide
- Is taught by nationally recognized faculty in collaboration with practitioners
- Focuses on meeting the needs of diverse learners
- Emphasizes coaching and mentoring colleagues
- Places students' classrooms and schools as the focus of course discussions and assessment
- Complete Graduate application/MEd in Literacy program
- Kentucky teaching certificate and at least one year teaching experience
- Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement
- Official transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 in the undergraduate degree and a 3.0 GPA or higher for graduate work
- Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).
Please note: transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
- Acceptable GRE scores.
Please note: When submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
- Two letters of recommendation
- A professional statement
- TOEFL is required of all students from countries in which English is not the native language (students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement).
|Research (3 credit hours)|
|EDAP 639||Education Research in P-12 Setting||3|
|Teaching Reading Core (15 credit hours)|
|EDAP 610||Literacy Research & Theory||3|
|EDAP 636||Advanced Reading Methods P-12||3|
|EDAP 642||Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences||3|
|EDAP 678||Language Knowledge and Acquisition||3|
|EDAP 615||Measurement and Diagnosis of Literacy (9 credit hours of Reading Core should be completed prior to EDAP 615)||3|
Successful completion of at least nine (9) credit hours of Teaching Reading Core and EDAP 615; ILA Standards Performance Assessment (to be completed and assessed in EDAP 615); Scored Exemplary or Target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates including dispositions assessment; minimum GPA of 3.0.
|Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Focus (18 credit hours)|
|EDAP 614||Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers K-12||3|
|EDAP 618||Capstone Practicum in Literacy: Reading Specialist||3|
|EDAP 641||Literacy Leadership and School-Wide Planning||3|
|EDAP 679||Capstone Practicum in Literacy: Literacy Coach||3|
|EDAP 693||Teaching Writing, P-12||3|
|Elective (to be approved by advisor)||3|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours||36|
Successful completion of all required coursework; completed IRA Standards Teacher Performance Assessment; Scored Exemplary or Target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates; minimum 3.0 GPA; no more than two grades of C (six  credit hours) in coursework.
Passing score on appropriate PRAXIS exam(s); minimum three years teaching experience is required for the Literacy Specialist Endorsement.
Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.
The Master of Education in Literacy program prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure. If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree.
More information about certification or licensure is available at the following website: https://louisville.edu/oapa/licensure-information (you may search by school or by the name of the program then click on 'View Details' to display the information).
For programs with an online option, more information about certification or licensure is available here: http://louisville.edu/online/About-Us (please scroll down near the bottom of the page and lick on the licensing disclosures tab).