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Saint Mary's University recognizes that experienced literacy teachers will have likely mastered some of the standards required for K-12 Reading Teacher endorsement prior to admission to the program. The first seven courses in the program address the Minnesota standards for K-12 Reading Teacher endorsement. Pre-requisite to enrollment in the K-12 Reading Teacher program is eligibility for a Minnesota classroom teaching license. Those who wish to add the Wisconsin 316 Reading Teacher license must have two years of full time teaching before Wisconsin licensure is granted. Please see "Course Information" below for courses that meet the requirements for Reading Teacher licensure.


The program courses are through weekend, partially online, and summer classes.The K-12 Reading Teacher graduate certificate program is designed to be completed in 15-months and fit the schedule of employed persons who desire to take classes on weekends, during the summer, or partially online.


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 do the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

M.A. in Literacy Education

By continuing and completing seven additional courses that focus on reading and writing development across the lifespan and within different cultures, teachers can earn a master's degree in Literacy Education.