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Prepare for Your K–12 Reading Teacher License

Learn to develop effective instruction to support struggling readers. This program prepares you to seek licensure as a K–12 Reading Teacher in Minnesota or a 316 Reading Teacher in Wisconsin. 

Effective Fall 2019, the Master of Arts in Literacy Education program will no longer be accepting applications. Students interested in preparing for K-12 Reading licensure in Minnesota or Wisconsin while pursuing a master’s degree are invited to check out our K-12 Reading Teacher Certificate program or our online Master of Arts in Education program with a K-12 Reading Specialization. 

Licensure Preparation

If you are a licensed educator, you can enroll in our 17 credit (seven courses) Graduate Certificate in K–12 Reading Teacher program to prepare for the K–12 Reading license in Minnesota or the 316 Reading Teacher license in Wisconsin.

Once you have finished the licensure preparation as a K–12 Reading Teacher, you may continue on to complete 17 additional credits (seven courses) to earn the Master of Arts in Literacy Education. If you direct or coordinate reading programs, you will benefit from completing this degree. Minnesota candidates become Reading Leaders, and Wisconsin candidates become Reading Specialists, once portfolio and other licensure requirements are met.

What You'll Gain

Consistent with the mission of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and the Board of Teaching requirements for licensure as a reading specialist, the M.A. in Literacy Education/K–12 Reading Teacher expects its graduates to be able to do the following:

  • Understand the reading process and the process of learning to read, and design developmentally appropriate instruction that advances students' reading proficiency and encourages them to read
  • Understand how to assess the reading development of individual students and groups of students, how to use assessment data to design appropriate reading curriculum and instruction based on the assessment data, and how to communicate this information to relevant audiences
  • Know how to integrate knowledge of reading with the teacher's understanding of pedagogy, students, learning, classroom management, and professional and instructional development and leadership

After six of Tatanka's teachers finished coursework at Saint Mary's in literacy education, they can now use the same terminology and strategies to help readers improve from one grade to the next.

Program graduates and their students talk about the changes they saw in the year following the completion of the program.

From Start to Finish

  • Prepare for your K–12 Reading license in as little as 15 months (approximately four semesters).
  • Courses are conveniently offered, on average, one Saturday a month.
  • Complete the M.A. in Education plus the K–12 Reading license preparation in two and a half years.


Preparation for the K–12 Reading license is offered at our Twin Cities location and regional cohorts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Upon completion of the licensure preparation, you may continue on to finish the online M.A. in Education.

Connect With Us

Michelle Dougherty, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Assistant Director of Admission

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH114

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5122


Katie Hubbard, M.A.

MA in Literacy Program - Program Director

Griffin Hall, GR219

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-8731

Katie Hubbard M.A.
Cindy Kronebusch

GSOE - Assistant Program Director, M.A. in Literacy

Griffin Hall, GR221

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6637

Cindy Kronebusch
Lisa Thorsell

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

Griffin Hall, GR218

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6611

Lisa Thorsell
Jane Anderson, Ph.D.

K-12 Reading - Adjunct Professor

Campus Box: # 23

Jane Anderson Ph.D.
Kari Donze, M.A.

MA in Literacy Education - Adjunct Instructor

Jaimie Howe, M.A.

MA in K-12 Reading - Adjunct Instructor

Jody Koci, M.A.

EDRD K-12 Reading Program - Adjunct Instructor

Teresa Milligan, M.A.

K-12 Reading/MA in Literacy Ed - Adjunct Instructor

Cynthia Mueller, M.A.

MA Literacy Education - Adjunct Instructor

Shane O'Reilly, M.A.

MA in Literacy Education Program - Adjunct Instructor

Joan Bendix, Ed.D.

MA in Literacy Education - Adjunct Associate Professor

Margaret Westlund, M.A.

Reading Licensure Program - Adjunct Instructor

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