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Master of Education in Literacy

The Graduate Studies Program in Literacy requires participants to complete 36 semester hours of graduate credit, which includes both campus-based courses and practical field experience in local schools. Aligned with the most recent International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards for Reading Professionals, the graduate program in literacy highlights the skills and competencies consistent with structured literacy and science-based reading instruction. Through a carefully designed sequence of courses and experiences, graduates will be prepared to meet the literacy needs of students in elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.

“Take the chance and go for it! The support system that exists throughout this rigorous program is unwavering; it has changed me professionally, while also opening my eyes up to all the possibilities and ways of being both a great teacher and an effective reading specialist.”

Olivia Orlando ’22G
Olivia Orlando, Class of 2022
Callie Dulong

“I would not be the teacher I am today without this program and its amazing instructors.”

Callie Dulong ’21G

The program reflects a commitment to the integration of literacy theory, curriculum, and practice with methods of research and inquiry. In addition, participants will develop the leadership skills necessary to organize and support school wide literacy programs.

The program has been designed so students can complete all of the requirements in as few as 1.5 years or as many as 5 years.  The typical teacher in the program will complete it in 3 years.

Distinguished by BBN Times as an “Interesting Postgraduate Degree in Education You Should Explore”

Current Providence College education majors may be interested in the 4+1 Program, please click here for more information.

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Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee of $65.00
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Two Recommendation Forms (one from your principal, supervising administrator, or cooperating teacher) – instructions will be emailed to Recommenders
  • Professional Statement (approximately 1,000 words)
    Guidelines: What experiences have motivated you to pursue a career as a reading specialist?  Identify 3 to 5 competencies that you bring to the position and provide specific examples of how these skills will benefit you in your anticipated role or position. In your response, consider the following: 
    1. the core values and beliefs that you bring to the position
    2. the experiences that have shaped your thinking
    3. your observations of other professionals in this position
    4. the impact you hope to have on a school community
  • State teaching certification required for full admission.

Application Deadlines*
March 1
July 1
November 1

*Students can take up to 2 courses while their application is under review.

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A 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA is required for full admission. 

Program Requirements

To earn a degree, candidates are required to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA in all course work and develop a portfolio that demonstrates mastery of current ILA Standards for Reading Professionals.

Successful completion of the program qualifies candidates for a M.Ed. degree and fulfills the coursework requirements of a PK-12 Reading Specialist/Consultant certificate in Rhode Island.

Candidates who have successfully completed the literacy program at Providence College, who have three years of teaching experience, and who have passed the Praxis Reading Specialist assessment are eligible for Rhode Island certification as a reading specialist.  Click here for more information regarding the Praxis Reading Specialist assessment.

For more information about program requirements, please refer to the PROGRAM HANDBOOK.

Required Courses

Candidates follow a developmentally appropriate sequence of courses.  Therefore, students should complete all coursework in one strand before moving on to the next.

Strand I: Developing Core Knowledge 

EDU763: Research in Literacy

EDU765: Models and Processes of Literacy

Strand II: Applying Core Knowledge to K-12 Learners

EDU767: Fostering Cultural Awareness and Development: Diverse Literatures K-12

EDU830: Best Practices Primary Grades

EDU832: Best Practice Middle / Secondary Schools

EDU835: Understanding Learning Differences and Responsive Pedagogy

EDU840:  Best Practice Intermediate Grades

EDU851:  Teaching Writing K-12

Strand III: Developing Leadership through Internship

EDU836: Literacy Clinic

EDU837: Organization and Supervision

EDU842: The Literacy Coach

Consult program handbook for additional information.