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Classroom Preparation, Flexible Learning

Earn your Literacy master’s degree and/or endorsement at the only institution in Colorado authorized to award a Master of Arts degree focused entirely on literacy. Combining online and on-site classes in a convenient, flexible format designed for working professionals, UNC’s Literacy M.A. program provides the skills to be a more effective classroom teacher and school leader.

At UNC, you’re part of one of the top education programs in the nation. We are designated as the primary institution for teacher education in the state of Colorado, and rank fifth in teacher candidate graduates in the United States. We are also the top-ranked university in the state for online graduate programs in education, and one of the top 10 in the nation. Learn more about our Literacy Extended Campus Program.

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Time to Completion:

5 Terms (20 months)

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Degree Option

M.A. in Literacy, Reading Teacher (K-12) Endorsement

As part of the Literacy Master of Arts, or as an endorsement-only option, you can attain the Reading Teacher (K-12) endorsement. When you complete the endorsement and/or M.A. credits, you fulfill the requirements for the institutional recommendation as a K-12 Reading Teacher. Both the Master of Arts degree and the endorsement-only programs will make licensed teachers eligible to apply for the Reading Teacher added endorsement

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Your Future in Literacy Studies

Our program offers a teacher-friendly schedule that combines weekend and evening on-campus courses with online instruction. While many colleges and universities offer a mix of generalist core classes and some literacy classes, our program is made up entirely of literacy courses, with master's degree students taking one additional research course.

Consider UNC’s M.A. in Literacy if you:

  • Are a practicing elementary or secondary school teacher
  • Want the option to receive the K-12 Literacy Teacher endorsement
  • Want to earn your master’s degree and/or endorsement in a flexible program that combines online and face-to-face classes

You’ll learn:

  • Methods and techniques for teaching literacy skills to students grades K-12
  • How to direct reading and literacy programs, staff development and curriculum development at the school level
  • How to serve as a literacy coach to classroom teachers

Sample courses:

  • Language, Literacy and Cognitive Development
  • Teaching the Writing Process in Schools
  • Literature for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Reading in the Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Reading Research
  • Clinical Practicum in Literary Coaching
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James Erekson, Ph.D.

Professor of Literacy

James Erekson, Ph.D., has been teaching in the field of languages and literacy for more than 20 years, including teaching second and third grades and coordinating a successful middle school reading center for eight years. He has collaborated with K–12 teachers to simultaneously teach and do research on reading, writing and oral language in elementary and middle school. He has also presented his work both nationally and internationally. Erekson has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Reading Horizons and the Journal of Visual Literacy. He also writes a regular feature article for parents of secondary readers for the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.

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Where can your degree take you?

Our master’s and endorsement programs in literacy will make you highly competitive for many literacy-oriented district and school positions, such as Literacy Specialist, Reading Intervention Teacher or Literacy Coach.

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