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Master of Science in Education, Literacy

Kayla Lewis, Program Director
Hill Hall, Room 209; Phone 417-836-4196

Program description

The purpose of the MSEd-Literacy degree is to furnish students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be competent teachers of literacy from preschool through college. Also, persons completing the program will be qualified to supervise reading/literacy programs and may qualify as literacy coaches. The MSEd-Literacy degree (along with either a child or an adolescent psychology course) results in students meeting course work requirements for the DESE Special Reading Teacher, K-12, Certification. A research component is required.

Entrance requirements

  1. Admission decisions and assignment of an advisor will not be made until all required materials are submitted. A candidate may take up to nine hours as a nondegree-seeking student before being accepted into the program.
  2. To be considered for admission to the program, a student must first submit a Graduate Application.
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work must be submitted.
  4. Applicants must also submit a letter of intent, which includes the candidate’s teaching and professional goals, future plans, background and teaching experience.
  5. Admission to the program requires the following minimum criteria:
    1. appropriate teacher certificate or eligibility for certification by a state or national board; and
    2. a minimum GPA of 3.00 for courses taken in undergraduate area of study. Candidates who do not meet the GPA requirement must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) earning a minimum combined score of 290. Results from the GRE must be provided prior to the candidate's registering for more than nine hours.

A candidate who does not meet all the above criteria, but who demonstrates outstanding potential, may be fully admitted by the Director and Graduate Admissions Committee on the basis of individual merit and successful completion of the first nine hours (3.00 GPA or higher).

Student program of study courses

The advisor and student will plan cooperatively a program designed to meet the student's needs.

Accelerated Master's Degree option - MSEd, Literacy

The MSEd-Literacy accelerated master's degree option provides exceptional MSU undergraduate students the opportunity to enroll in a combined baccalaureate and master's degree program.

Eligible BSEd majors may apply for preliminary acceptance into the MSEd-Literacy program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. Once accepted, students will be able to take up to 12 hours of graduate-level literacy courses that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate programs. Before enrolling in courses for both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the Literacy Program Coordinator, the RFT Department Head, and the Dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form. A student will be fully admitted to the Graduate College upon completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree, provided the student meets all other requirements for admission to the Graduate College. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission requirements for Accelerated Master's Option

  1. Junior standing, with an overall GPA of 3.25
  2. BSEd major
  3. Elementary majors - completed or enrolled in: RDG 318 or RDG 420, and RDG 421
  4. Secondary majors - completed or enrolled in: RDG 474
  5. Other BSEd majors - contact the Graduate Literacy Program Coordinator
  6. Recommendation of a faculty member in the Literacy program
Graduate Coursework in Literacy Taken by Undergraduates and Accepted into the Accelerated Master's Option:

RDG 700 (3), RDG 640 (3); RDG 660 or RDG 665 (3); RDG 680 or RDG 685 (3). Other course may be substituted with approval from Graduate Literacy Program Coordinator.

Completion of MSEd-Literacy requirements:

Students must complete the additional course requirements and number of required hours as listed in the regular MSEd-Literacy degree.

Required courses

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
RDG 640 Analysis and Correction of Difficulties in Literacy 3 hrs
RDG 660
RDG 665
Diversity Issues in Literacy and Content Area Instruction
​​​​​​​Cultural Diversity in Literacy & Instruction: Classrooms & Community
3 hrs
RDG 680 Successful Classroom Communities to Enhance Student Learning 3 hrs
RDG 685 Techniques of Responsive Support in the Literacy Classroom 3 hrs
RDG 700 Relationship of Language to Literacy and Intellectual Development 3 hrs
RDG 710 Content Area Literacy 3 hrs
RDG 770 Curriculum Design in Literacy 3 hrs
RDG 780 Assessment Procedures for the Literacy Specialist 3 hrs
RDG 781 Assessment of Literacy Problems 3 hrs
RDG 782 Remediation of Literacy Problems 3 hrs
SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology 3 hrs
RDG 795* Research Seminar in Literacy 3 hrs
  Total 36 hrs

* This requirement waived if candidate elects Research Option 1, a thesis.

Research (3-6 hours)

Option I: Completion of a satisfactory thesis, RDG 799, in the candidate's discipline. This credit shall be no more than 6 hours of the minimum 39 required for the degree.

Option II: Completion of one research seminar, RDG 795, which shall require an extensive paper.

Comprehensive Examinations

A comprehensive examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted. A description of the content and format of this examination is available from the Coordinator of the Graduate Literacy Program.