Literacy Program Overview

The Literacy program is for teachers who wish to instill in their students a deep affinity towards literature and reading. The Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Literacy is designed to teach current theory and trends in literacy research, as well as best instructional practices. Reading, writing, and media communications are of particular focus with two required practica during the 33 credits of study.

This program of study will be fully online starting in Fall 2023!

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Course Requirements (33 credits)

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Undergraduate Fifth Year Program

Meet Katie Kelly

Dr. Katie Kelly is a published author whose experience as an elementary classroom teacher and a literacy coach in North Carolina and her home state of New York inspired her to pursue a career in higher education where she could influence preservice and inservice teachers.

Dr. Kelly’s research interests include teacher preparation and development in the area of literacy instruction and assessment. ​Additionally, Dr. Kelly is interested in exploring how technology mediates literacy practices within and beyond the classroom setting. She continues to examine ways to engage diverse learners through culturally relevant practices that value all individuals while fostering compassionate global citizens who advocate for social justice and equality.

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Katie Kelly

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Literacy Education

Paul Thomas

Professor, Education; English and Secondary Education

Temi Bidjerano

Associate Professor, Education; Research and Statistics

Michael Svec

Professor of Education

Scott Henderson

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor, Education; Director of National and International Scholarships; Philosophy and History of Education

Bobbi Siefert

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

Marie Havran

Adjunct Professor Literacy