Students who have completed the Saint Mary's University Minnesota K-12 Reading Teacher program in good standing (cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher) and who wish to earn a master’s degree in literacy education may do so through completion of seven additional courses, culminating in the presentation and defense of a research project. These courses are offered primarily through summer sessions, partially online, and on weekends during the school year. The leadership practicum is completed in an educational setting (K-12 school, technical college, community-based literacy organization) of the candidate’s choice.
The program is delivered on the Winona campus and at selected Saint Mary's University outreach sites. The K-12 Reading Teacher program can be completed in 15 months, and completion of the M.A. in Literacy Education requires an additional 15-18 months. Delivery format consists of summer institute and Saturday courses. Courses from the M.A. in Literacy Education may also be used to fulfill the six-credit elective requirements of other Saint Mary's University master's degrees: the Master of Arts in Education or the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning.
Any person who holds or is eligible for a classroom teaching license is eligible to enroll in the program. This program has the potential of significantly enhancing reading achievement of K-12 students and of providing exciting new employment opportunities for teachers.
Reading Leader Licensure
Students that are interested in obtaining licensure as a reading leader will need to meet the following criteria:
- Licensure as a K-12 Reading Teacher (EDRD courses 600-606);
- Completion of a Master of Arts in Literacy Education degree (EDRD courses 607-614);
- Employment or sponsorship by a school/district in a position of reading leadership that involves data analysis, curriculum consultation, coaching, and professional development of adults.
- Application of all 48 Reading Leader licensure standards as evidenced through a portfolio and defense to a panel of literacy leaders (EDRD course 616).
*Please note: Students may complete the first three criteria and return to meet the fourth criterion as they progress through their career as a reading professional.