Master of Arts in Literacy Education, English Education

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: MA

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares educators to work with diverse adolescents in different settings and help them develop an appreciation for literature and writing. The approach integrates many areas of knowledge that underlie effective teaching of English to serve the needs of today's diverse student population, building on students' languages, abilities, cultures, and real-world experiences.

Application​ deadlines

April 30

Program Details

Interest Categories: Communication & Writing Education & Counseling Humanities & Languages

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you'll learn

University of Colorado Denver’s Master of Arts in Literacy Education with a concentration in English education prepares educators to work with diverse adolescents as they develop an appreciation for literature and writing. In this program, you will study contemporary, multicultural and classic literature as well as the learning and development of reading and writing. Our goal is to help you have a transformative impact on student learning, creativity and achievement, while also supporting you as an innovator in your school and professional networks. As part of this program, you will learn to fully engage students in you classroom by exploring:

  • Theory and methods of English education
  • Teaching of writing
  • Adolescent literature
  • Digital literacy and use of technology to enhance literacy instruction
  • Leadership

This program has a fully online option to help meet the needs of our students.

Personalized Professional master’s degreeTM

The degree is part of CU Denver’s Personalized Professional master’s degree™. Join an innovative program that provides courses and deepens your expertise in teaching English. At the same time, this Personalized Professional master’s degree allows you to customize your curriculum by selecting from courses outside of the main area of focus according to your own needs and interests. Please discuss your course options with your faculty advisor.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as an English teacher. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.


You will work with your faculty advisor to choose 30 credit hours from approved courses to meet you interests and best enhance your skill as an English educator.

Sample Courses

  • LCRT 5200 - Theory and Methods of English Education 3 credits
  • LCRT 5201 - Adolescent Literature 3 credits
  • LCRT 5720 - Writing Development, Instruction and Assessment 3 credits
  • LCRT 6915 - Seminar and Practicum in Literacy Professional Development 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:2 to 3 years

Required Credits for Completion:30

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

We practice "rolling admission" and after your application is complete, we strive to notify you of your admission status in no more than two to three weeks.

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, proof of teaching license or special services license is required
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

For more information, email or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Information

We welcome applications from individuals who have a strong interest in bringing hands-on English learning to their students. The MA in Literacy with a concentration in English education is a two to three-year hybrid program.

A teaching license is not required for this program, but is required to access students.

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