Literacy and Learning

Dr. Billie J. Askew, a TWU Distinguished Alumna, Cornaro Professor Emerita of Reading, and founder of the Reading Recovery program at TWU in 1989, is internationally recognized for her work in early literacy and the prevention of literacy difficulties.

The Dr. Billie J. Askew Endowment was created in honor of Askew by her colleagues, friends and family to support advancement in literacy in the TWU Reading Recovery program.

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Under her leadership, TWU built school-university partnerships with more than 50 school districts in a dozen states. Askew is past president of the Reading Recovery Council of North America and the North American Reading Recovery Trainers Group. She also represented the United States on the Board of the International Reading Recovery Trainers Organization.

The annual Billie J. Askew Reading Recovery and K-6 Literacy Institute was named in her honor upon her retirement from TWU. Askew has been an influential leader and invaluable contributor to the national and international Reading Recovery enterprise.

Learn how to improve literacy skills and inspire students to love reading.

For more than 80 years, TWU has been educating teachers to become literacy leaders. As a graduate of one of our programs, you can contribute to scholarly conversation in literacy education and develop expertise to support students' literacy achievements at all levels. 

Many of our courses are offered in a blended format, providing the perfect balance of practice and theory. You will emerge fully prepared for your teaching certification, graduate-level reading specialist certifications or for work in a university setting.

Plus, you will learn from experienced faculty, many of whom are involved in the university's Reading Recovery center, one of only 18 in the nation.

Your education experience at TWU will be a truly unique one.

Academic Programs

We offer initial teaching certification as well as graduate and doctoral programs in Reading Education and certification as a K-12 reading specialist or master reading teacher. Our department also provides reading courses for undergraduate and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees for the department of Teacher Education.

In the News

New Master of Early Childhood Education Degree

The Department of Literacy and Learning has added a Master of Early Childhood Education degree. In as little as two years and for less than $16,000 you can earn your MEd and be ready for the next step in your career. No GRE required.

TWU launches Certificate of Biliteracy program


Megan Zara, a TWU Reading Education graduate student, expresses what she learned during her master's program.

Page last updated 9:20 AM, March 28, 2022