Program Overview

DEGREE TYPE
Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) – Literacy
DEPARTMENT
Education
Department Chair Name
Nelly Hecker
DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT
Troy Terry

What is a master of arts in education – literacy?

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass, statesman, abolitionist, orator and former enslaved person

An M.A.Ed. in literacy is a master’s program for educators seeking to grow as literacy teachers and literacy leaders. A master’s in literacy is designed to teach current theory and trends in literacy research, as well as effective instructional practices to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Why pursue an M.A.Ed. in literacy at Furman?

Furman’s master’s in literacy prepares teachers to meet students across all grade levels and curricula at their current aptitude on order to foster growth and a love of reading and communication.

In in a dual-certification program, the M.A.Ed. in literacy opens doors to an array of careers in education. Upon completion of the program and passing the Praxis exam, graduates will become certified K-12 literacy teachers. Candidates with a cumulative five years’ teaching experience who complete the literacy M.A.Ed. program may also gain certification as a literacy coach.

Furman’s International Literacy Association-accredited master’s offers a curriculum that allows you to earn your M.A.Ed. without interrupting your current teaching role. Backed by more than 100 years of experience, Furman’s nationally recognized Department of Education started South Carolina’s first teacher residency program. Partner with some of the most respected and caring professors and practitioners in education. Learn more about graduate studies in education and how to apply.

How will you learn?

Master’s candidates at Furman learn about literacy development beginning with early childhood through adolescent-level learners as well as supporting adult-level learners. A rigorous curriculum, including instructional practices, assessment approaches and two practicum experiences, brings opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in classroom settings, exposing candidates to diverse learners across grade levels.

With a focus on sustainable, culturally relevant and responsive approaches to teaching and learning, Furman’s master’s in literacy program is committed to supporting candidates’ abilities to honor pedagogies that center individual students and underscore the value they bring to society. Take your first steps with a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus.

  • 35%
    4th-graders who perform at or above proficient in reading according to the Nation’s Report Card
  • 43 million
    U.S. adults who cannot read, write or do basic math above a third-grade level
  • $3k - $3.5k
    Typical pay increase for South Carolina teachers who hold a master’s degree and/or earn +30 credits
  • 100-plus
    Years the Furman Department of Education has prepared teachers
What our students say
“The M.A.Ed. in literacy program not only built my best practice toolbox but also deepened my passion for literacy and the role that literacy plays in making our world a better place. The literacy education faculty at Furman are second to none. Their commitment to their students, their own learning and the education system as a whole is both inspiring and impactful. I am a better teacher and person for having invested time in the literacy program.”
– Alyssa Cameron ’14 M’16, 4th grade teacher, Roebuck Elementary School, Spartanburg District 6

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Pair theory with practice under the expert guidance of faculty who have worked in and led schools at all levels. Furman’s education faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise. Learn more about graduate studies in education and how to apply.

Katie Kelly

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Literacy Education

Bobbi Siefert

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., TESOL Program; Literacy Education

Paul Thomas

Professor, Education; English and Secondary Education
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