Master's 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's degree options in literacy education: Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Education and Master of Arts (MA) in Reading Education. 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 curriculum in our MEd program in Literacy Education and MA program in Reading Education provides 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.Ed. in Literacy Education or MA in Reading Education

Program Contact

Heather Cato, Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall cohorts

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Collect and submit the following documents into the application:
    • Collect and submit the following documents to
    • Resume
    • 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?
      • What are your strengths as a teacher.
      • Describe 2-3 learning goals related to effective literacy teaching and learning.
      • Do you plan to seek the All-Level (K-12) Reading Specialist Certification or, alternatively, if you are seeking an M.Ed. without the certification?

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

Contact Information

Heather Cato, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
MCL 906-D 

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