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Master of Education – Literacy Online

Gain the expertise and guidance to expand your knowledge of literacy instruction and pedagogy.

04/26/21 Next Application Due Date
05/10/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

$12,900 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
49 Credit Hours

Develop the skills to boost student literacy in a supportive learning environment in the Master of Education – Literacy online program from Eastern Washington University. Literacy is a critical skill for academic success, and this program can provide you with the knowledge to support the diverse learning needs of a P-12 classroom. Based on current research and best practices, the curriculum is applicable for teachers in the field and for those who are interested in becoming reading specialists in schools.

This online M.Ed. program emphasizes skills addressed in literacy competencies for the state of Washington while aiming to increase your effectiveness in the classroom and to develop your assessment skills. Certified Washington educators can earn a P-12 reading endorsement on their teaching certificate. If you're from outside the state, endorsement will depend on the authorization granted by your state.

Graduate ready to become a Reading Specialist, Title 1 Specialist, District Reading Curriculum Specialist, or classroom teacher with enhanced skills in literacy instruction. This path also affords you the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in literacy for community colleges or as adjuncts at universities.

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The EWU College of Arts, Letters & Education educator programs are approved by the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).

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Tuition for the M.Ed. – Literacy online degree program features the same affordable, pay-by-the-course rate for all students residing in and out of the state of Washington.

$263 Per Credit Hour
$12,900 Total Tuition

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M.Ed. – Literacy Online Program Tuition and Fees

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4-Credit Hour Course Per Program
Master of Education – Literacy $263.26 $1,053.04 $12,900

Application Fee: $75

The Master of Education – Literacy online program is designed by our literacy faculty, who have extensive experience teaching reading, writing, and English Language Arts (ELA) in K-12 settings.


The M.Ed. – Literacy online program is designed to be flexible for working professionals, with six-week courses and seven start dates a year. View the full calendar for upcoming deadlines for turning in required documents, registering for classes and paying tuition to get started when it’s best for you.

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04/26/21 Next Application Due Date
05/10/21 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Winter II 2/8/2021 1/25/2021 2/1/2021 2/3/2021 2/6/2021 3/21/2021
Spring I 3/29/2021 3/15/2021 3/22/2021 3/24/2021 3/27/2021 5/9/2021
Spring II 5/10/2021 4/26/2021 5/3/2021 5/5/2021 5/8/2021 6/20/2021
Summer 7/6/2021 6/21/2021 6/28/2021 6/30/2021 7/4/2021 8/15/2021
Fall I 9/20/2021 9/3/2021 9/13/2021 9/15/2021 9/18/2021 10/31/2021
Fall II 11/1/2021 10/18/2021 10/25/2021 10/27/2021 10/30/2021 12/12/2021
Winter I 1/3/2022 12/16/2021 12/23/2021 12/28/2021 1/1/2022 2/13/2022
Winter II 2/14/2022 1/31/2022 2/7/2022 2/9/2022 2/12/2022 3/22/2022

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Eastern Washington University?


The admission process is the first step toward earning your M.Ed. – Literacy online. A teaching certificate is required for admission to this program.

Teacher certification
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Cumulative 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded undergraduate credits

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M.Ed. – Literacy Online Admission Requirements

  • Teaching certificate
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded undergraduate credits
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended

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In order to earn the M.Ed. – Literacy online, you must complete 14 courses (49 credit hours), comprised of 16 credit hours of core courses and 33 credit hours of specialization courses (including an internship).

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on reforming and transforming the processes, perceptions and practices of learning and teaching by emphasizing diversity, social justice and equity. First, psychological principles underlying current educational culture will be analyzed. Second, reforming relationships, interactions and contexts for learning will be addressed through reflective practices, and third, rethinking and transforming connections, will be viewed through the lens of learners of diverse backgrounds.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Four philosophies in education will be studied. The implications of each for school organization and classroom instruction will be examined. Participants will be invited to analyze their beliefs and how these beliefs form into a coherent philosophy of education.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

An analysis of American democratic ideology in relation to major social problems such as race, social stratification, leisure, population movements, family life, and the involvement of the public schools. For students in the M.Ed. – Educational Leadership, Principal Certification program, EDUC 531 or 532 are department-approved substitutes for EDUC 505 in the M.Ed. common core.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Required of all graduate students pursuing the master of education degree program unless an alternative research course is scheduled. It provides the background of research methods and techniques necessary for meeting the requirements of Education 600 or 601. The methods, tools, and strategies used in educational research, both quantitative and qualitative, will be explored. Continued level teacher certification research requirements may be met through this course.

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Advanced study of literature based teaching. Explores ways of building a literate classroom by connecting children and books with special ways on supporting students in becoming fluent readers. Understand how to select and adapt instructional content, including technology-based materials. Demonstrate knowledge of the range of genre, text types, and text language in classic and contemporary children’s and young adult literature.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

A course designed to provide classroom teachers an opportunity to revisit current reading pedagogical knowledge, including knowledge of essential components of reading (phonics, word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension), phonological awareness, print concepts, and academic language. Students will explore meaningful ways in which reading instruction may be infused and integrated within content areas of the curriculum, including Common Core State Standards. Teacher assessment and student self-assessment as a means to inform teaching and learning will be an additional focus of the course.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course centers on theoretical and evidence-based research into reading and literacy instruction. The course is based on the inquiry cycle, which will provide the organizational structure for class participation. An emphasis on topics related to current research in the field of literacy, including collegial practices. Class sessions will include small group brainstorming and discussion, reading, explorations, browsing, workshop experiences, presentations, and teaching demonstrations.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Advanced course with emphasis on models for reading, writing and language arts integration. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationships of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students demonstrate knowledge of how to integrate a variety of classroom-based materials using a wide range of curriculum materials and instructional strategies. Know-how to plan systematic instruction using Common Core State Standards and current literacy research to guide instruction. Covers total program: management, methods, materials and techniques.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

An advanced course for students wanting to study current literature on literacy as practiced in a variety of social contexts, as evaluated through a number of critical perspectives. Developing practitioners reflect and discuss the importance of respecting socio-economic, cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity in the teaching process. Demonstrate knowledge that students’ interests, literacy skill, and funds of knowledge are always considered and integrated within literacy practices. Instructional implications will be highlighted so students will develop reflective and sound classroom practice.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course is designed to examine the causes and correlates of individual differences in reading ability. Knowledge of foundations of phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics and orthography. Integration and analysis of multiple assessment tools and knowledge of the assessment/instruction cycle (data analysis, universal screening, diagnostic, progress monitoring, formative, summative), and how to use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate evidence-based literacy instruction. Specialized, intensive approaches for the improvement of literacy skills will be examined. Reflection will include the influence and impact on literacy for English Language Learners, special needs students, and struggling readers.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Practical, on-the-job experience for specialized school personnel planned cooperatively by a school district and the university. Students are selected for this experience by the university and the district in which the student is working.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Continuation of Literacy Internship I. Practical, on-the-job experience for specialized school personnel planned cooperatively by a school district and the university. Students are selected for this experience by the university and the district in which the student is working.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides MEd candidates the opportunity to assemble a portfolio of work from graduate education courses that includes a reflective component. Candidates will provide evidence aligned with corresponding professional competencies. The course provides candidates the opportunity to prepare for the written comprehensive examination, which serves as the capstone experience in lieu of a thesis or research report.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to assess the knowledge and skills attained during the course of graduate study in the Master of Education program. The comprehensive exam requires students to integrate the principals, concepts, and research methodologies when employing academic language and using a formal writing style.

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