Literacy Education - Reading and Writing

MA

CU Denver’s MA in Literacy Education with a concentration in reading and writing prepares educators to work with diverse, k-12 student populations as they learn and develop reading, writing and oral language skills. Our MA students gain in-depth knowledge about building on students’ languages, abilities, cultures and real-world experiences to design highly effective and relevant teaching practices.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 2 to 3 years Credits required for completion: 30 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

University of Colorado Denver’s MA in Literacy Education with a concentration in reading and writing prepares educators to work with diverse, K-12 student populations as they develop reading, writing and oral language skills. Enhance your literacy instruction and assessment skills for all learners, including those who struggle with reading and writing, gifted students and students with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Our graduates learn to identify and build upon their students’ languages, abilities, cultures and real-world experiences to design highly effective and relevant reaching practices.

As part of this program, you will learn to fully engage students in your classroom with your knowledge and skills in:

  • The science of reading and writing
  • Language and literacy acquisition
  • Culturally relevant and responsive teaching practices
  • Children’s and adolescent literature
  • Digital literacy & use of technology to enhance literacy instruction
  • Literacy assessment and informed instruction
  • Differentiated teaching for students with diverse abilities and learning needs
  • Leadership

Our goal is to help you have a transformative impact on student learning, creativity and achievement, while also supporting you as a leader and innovator in your school and professional networks.

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 serving culturally and linguistically diverse students, families and organizations. At the same time, this Personalized Professional Master’s Degree allows you to customize your curriculum by selecting up to half of the credits of your program from courses outside your main area of focus according to your own needs and interests. Please discuss your course options with your academic advisor and 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 a reading and writing 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.

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, a copy of your Teaching 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 education@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Requirements

We welcome applications from licensed individuals who have a strong interest in bringing hands-on literacy learning to their students.

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