Master’s (MA, MEd) in Literacy Education

Learn new strategies to improve your teaching with a master’s degree in literacy education from TWU. This program provides the application of theory and research to the processes and practices of literacy instruction so you can feel confident as a literacy leader.

Texas Woman’s offers two master degree options in literacy education: Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Education (M.Ed.). Both are available in a blended format with classes online and on TWU’s Denton campus.

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Careers & Salaries

With your master’s degree in literacy education, you can become a reading specialist who:

  • Creates reading curricula that meet the needs of students of various ages
  • Serves as a mentor to improve the quality of reading instruction within a school or district
  • Advises school administrators regarding school-wide and district-wide literacy programs

Reading specialists are considered instructional coordinators, with a median salary of $64,450, according the U.S. Department of Labor.

Why Literacy Education at TWU?

We offer two cohort-based graduate degree options to give you the flexibility to tailor your advanced degree to match your career goals.

The blended delivery of our MA and MEd programs in Literacy Education provide the best of both worlds: an opportunity to build community and support as a cohort of learners while meeting on campus a few times each semester and the convenience of working online 60 percent of the time during each semester.

Our graduates are taught a variety of instructional approaches and assessments — including the use of technology — to create an environment that supports literacy learning. Graduates are lifelong learners who become literacy leaders in schools, communities and across the nation.

Our university serves as one of only 18 Reading Recovery Training Centers in the country.

All of our degree and certification programs are fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency/State Board for Educator Certification.

Admission requirements

Admission to the M.A. or M.Ed. in Literacy & Learning

Program Contact

Nancy Anderson, Ph.D., Program Chair
MCL 906-B

Application Deadlines

No deadline - Rolling admission

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • No GRE required.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(OUR FIRST NAME)-Master's Application. Please attach all items as PDFs.Vita
    1. Resume
    2. A one-to-two-page narrative answering the following questions:
      • Why do you seek an M.Ed. in Reading education?
      • What does "literacy learning" mean to you?
      • Describe your strengths as a teacher.
      • Describe 2-3 learning goals related to effective literacy teaching and learning.
      • Please indicate if you plan to seek the All-Level (K-12) Reading Specialist Certification or, alternatively, if you are seeking an M.Ed. without the certification.

Contact Information

Heather Cato, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
MCL 906-D 

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