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icon for graduate degreesM.Ed. Literacy Education

The M.Ed. in Literacy Education provides advanced teacher preparation for the study of literacy processes and literacy instruction for culturally diverse learners in urban spaces. A specialization in Reading Instruction is designed to prepare the graduate to work as a teacher of reading and literacy coach in grades P-12 and leads to certification as a Reading Specialist. There are also two additional concentrations, one in Digital Literacies and another in Families, Communities, and Culture. Taking the GRE is NOT required for this program.


This program is open to all certified teachers, regardless of their initial preparation area. However, completion of the M.Ed. in Literacy Education with a concentration in Reading Instruction results in eligibility for a certification upgrade for educators with a T4 who are certified in Early Childhood Education, English Language Arts or Reading education at grades 4-8 or 6-12.


This is a hybrid program that provides a mix of face-to-face and online classes. This program is 36 hours and can be completed in 4 semesters if students take 3 courses per semester. Students may enter the program at any time and take classes at their own pace, and the program coordinator will work with you to ensure that you have a workable plan. See suggested course progression (sample-course-progressions-9-7-17). (For a similar online version of this program that includes an ESOL endorsement, go here:


Classes are taught by a mix of full-time and part-time professors affiliated with the Language and Literacy unit in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education. All professors have earned degrees and conducted research in literacy education. Check out a few of our amazing professors: Ewa McGrailGholdy MuhammadGertrude Tinker Sachs (program coordinator).


Students complete a professional portfolio as an exit requirement that demonstrates mastery of professional standards from the Literacy Research Association for classroom teachers of reading. This portfolio can be shared with other teachers and administrators to demonstrate knowledge or to provide professional development.


Students can also add an ESOL endorsement and/or a Teacher Support and Coaching (TSC) Endorsement. Once accepted into this program, you can declare your intention to pursue an endorsement here: Then, once the courses for the endorsement are completed, you can submit your application to receive the endorsement here:

Also, if you intend to become an assistant principal, district administrator, or other administrative role below principal, GSU offers an 18 credit hour Leadership Add On. More information available at

USG Teacher Preparation Program Accountability Report

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Gertrude Tinker Sachs
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