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K-12 Reading/M.A. in Literacy Education

Have you ever asked yourself...

With the Master of Arts in Literacy Education you can...

  • Add the K-12 reading endorsement to a teaching license and become more marketable as a teacher

  • Help students who are stuck in one place with their literacy skills

  • Support the literacy development of students who are English learners

  • Improve students’ foundational literacy skills while teaching content area courses

  • Earn a master's degree at the same time as earning the K-12 Reading Teaching license

  • Go one step beyond the masters by completing the Reading Leader licensure preparation

About the Program

The K-12 Reading /M.A. in Literacy Education program prepares candidates for licensure as a Minnesota and/or Wisconsin K-12 reading teacher. The K-12 Reading license is an endorsement and therefore is designed for currently licensed educators.

Preparation for licensure as a K-12 reading teacher is 17 credits and can be completed as a stand-alone program or as part of the M.A. in Literacy Education. Candidates for the M.A. in Literacy Education degree will complete seven additional courses (17 credits) focusing on reading and writing development across the lifespan and may choose to complete the requirements to prepare for the MN Reading Leader license.

Because Saint Mary’s University recognizes the crucial role of language and literacy development for students who are learning English as another language the K-12 Reading program features four shared courses with the English as a Second Language program. ESL and K-12 Reading teacher candidates learn together as they explore language and literacy development for all students.

In addition to providing direct instruction to students, graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Match interventions in response to diagnostic assessments

  • Develop effective instruction to support struggling readers and English speakers of other languages

  • Foster literacy development in content area classes

  • Develop and supervise reading programs

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements for Graduate Certificate (licensure preparation only)

Degree Requirements for M.A. in Literacy Education (licensure preparation plus master’s)

Delivery and Schedule

The Graduate Certificate program is designed to fit the schedule of employed persons who want to take classes on weekends (mostly Saturdays) and during the summer months. Cohorts of 12-15 learners meet at off-site cohort locations across the state of Minnesota. The certificate program can be completed at some locations as a “fast-track” model with more intensive coursework during the summer months or completed in the traditional format of 15 months. The Master of Arts in Literacy Education degree completion is delivered on the Winona campus and at selected Saint Mary's University outreach sites. Learners in the program will experience mixed delivery formats: summer institutes, weekend workshops, and online/blended courses.

Program Praise

Thanks for the life-changing program at SMU. I look back at my coursework binders daily!”

-Jane Miller, Graduate Certificate in K-12 Reading Graduate

"I've been teaching for 15 years and finally feel competent to teach reading to all students. Saint Mary's has truly made a difference in my instruction."
-Judy Vitito

"Saint Mary's University has provided me with a treasure trove of best practices for teaching reading at all grade levels."
-Kathy Henderson


Locations and Contact

The program is offered at the Twin Cities Campus and Rochester Center, plus off-site cohort locations throughout Minnesota upon request. Contact us to create a cohort in your school or district.

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with non-degree programs defined as “Gainful Employment programs” to disclose certain information about these programs.

Graduate Certificate: K-12 Reading Teacher Gainful Employment Report

Lisa Thorsell
K-12 Reading and M.A. in Literacy - Program Coordinator

(507) 457-6611