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Literacy MA (Includes Reading Teacher K-12 Endorsement) – Courses & Requirements

Designed for Working Teachers

This literacy-focused master's degree can be completed in less than two years (five academic terms). The online delivery allows you to fit your coursework around your busy schedule.

Course of Study

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

Required Courses (30 Credit Hours)

ELIT 610 Literacy Teaching (3)

ELIT 615 Family & Community Literacy (3)

ELIT 621 New Literacies (3)

ELIT 623 Classroom Literacy Research Design (3)

ELIT 630 Children’s Literature (3)

ELIT 631 Content Literacy (3)

ELIT 632 Teaching Writing (3)

ELIT 671 Practical Literacy Assessment (3)

ELIT 672 Literacy Leadership (3)

ELIT 693 Capstone Literacy Seminar Implementing Research (3) – In this capstone course, you select a topic from major trends in literacy education and complete original action research.

See the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

Preparation for Reading Teacher Endorsement

By completing this master's program, students fulfill the requirements for the institutional recommendation as a K-12 Reading Teacher in Colorado.

  • Students wishing to obtain the Colorado Reading Teacher Grades K-12 Endorsement must provide evidence of two or more years of teaching experience in an accredited and/or established elementary, middle or secondary school while holding a type A or teaching license equivalent certificate.
  • Students from other states should check their state endorsement requirements to ensure that this program meets those stipulations or can be gained via reciprocity.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
5 terms (about 20 months)
$520/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Dr. Jim Erekson


Program & Enrollment Manager:

Jon Shaw


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