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Master of Education in Literacy

The Graduate Studies Program in Literacy requires participants to complete 36 semester hours of graduate credit, which includes both campus-based courses and practical field experience in local schools. Through a carefully designed sequence of courses and experiences, graduates will be prepared to meet the literacy needs of students in elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.

The program reflects a commitment to the integration of literacy theory, curriculum, and practice with methods of research and inquiry. In addition, participants will develop the leadership skills necessary to organize and support school wide literacy programs.

The program has been designed so students can complete all of the requirements in as few as 1.5 years or as many as 5 years.  The typical teacher in the program will complete it in 3 years.  

Program Requirements

To earn a degree, candidates are required to maintain a “B” average (3.0 gpa) in all course work and develop a portfolio that demonstrates mastery of current IRA Standards for Reading Professionals.  


Successful completion of the program qualifies candidates for a M.Ed. degree and fulfills the coursework requirements of a PK-12 Reading Specialist/Consultant certificate in Rhode Island.  

Candidates who have successfully completed the literacy program at Providence College, who have three years of teaching experience, and who have passed the Praxis Reading Specialist assessment are eligible for Rhode Island certification as a reading specialist.   Click here​ for more information regarding the Praxis Reading Specialist assessment.  

The following courses are required in the master's program in literacy:

This program has been designed to follow a developmental sequence.  Therefore, students should complete all coursework in one strand before moving on to the next strand.

         Strand I: Developing Core Knowledge

            EDU763: Research in Literacy
            EDU765: Models and Processes of Literacy

         Strand II: Applying Core Knowledge to K-12 Learners 
           EDU767: Children’s & Adolescent Literature
           EDU830: Best Practices Primary Grades
          *EDU832: Best Practice Middle / Secondary Schools
        **EDU835: Seminar in Meeting the Demands of the At-risk  Learner
           EDU840:  Best Practice Intermediate Grades
           EDU851:  Teaching Writing K-12

          Strand III: Developing Leadership through Internship

             EDU836: Literacy Clinic
             EDU837: Organization and Supervision   
             EDU842: The Literacy Coach

            *Pre-requisites EDU830, EDU840
          **EDU835 is intended to provide a culminating experience for Strand II.

Consult program handbook for additional information.


2014-2016 Literacy Handbook

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