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M.A. in Literacy Education

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Literacy Education are prepared to lead literacy initiatives in preschool through college settings.

  • The first seven courses qualify a classroom teacher for licensure as a Minnesota and/or Wisconsin (316) K–12 Reading Teacher
  • Master’s degree candidates complete seven additional courses focusing on reading and writing development across the lifespan
  • Graduates of the master’s degree program are eligible for Minnesota licensure as a Reading Leader through portfolio demonstration of applied leadership standards.

The seven-semester program is structured to fit professional educators’ schedules and is offered at convenient locations throughout Minnesota.

Program Praise

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

"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

“Watching students unlock the doors to their futures brings satisfaction beyond my wildest dreams. It’s a joy to be part of the transformation of so many young people.”
-Peggy Westlund, M.A. in Literacy Education Graduate

Degree Requirements

Locations & Admission Contact

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

Cindy Kronebusch | ckronebu@smumn.edu | 507-457-6637