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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 be more marketable as a teacher

  • Help students who seem 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 Certificate
About the Program

The K-12 Reading Teacher Graduate Certificate and the Master of Arts in Literacy Education program prepares candidates for Minnesota and/or Wisconsin (316) licensure as K-12 Reading Teachers as well as provides advanced coursework in literacy for those seeking to become a master educator or Reading Leader. 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

  • Add a credential by becoming a Reading Leader

The K-12 Reading Teacher certificate 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 focusing on reading and writing development across the lifespan.  The K-12 Reading Teacher program is designed for currently licensed educators.

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 Teacher  program features four shared courses with the English as a Second Language certificate program. ESL and K-12 Reading Teacher candidates learn together as they explore language and literacy development for all students.

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

Graduates of the master’s degree program are eligible for Minnesota licensure as a Reading Leader through portfolio demonstration of applied leadership standards.

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

"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 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.

Cindy Kronebusch
Graduate School of Education - Program Coordinator, M A in Literacy

(507) 457-6637