Literacy, M.Ed.

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Literacy, M.Ed.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Literacy is designed to equip educators to become enthusiastic teachers, motivated readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. In the online M.Ed. in Literacy coursework, candidates examine issues related to literacy education in public schools. They explore tools and strategies used in quantitative and qualitative educational research methods. They develop expertise in working with struggling readers, administrative literacy leadership skills, children's and adolecent literacy and online media skills. The technology-embedded instruction, and collaborative content integration enhance literature study in classrooms.

Literacy Specialists have a life-changing impact upon their students lives. The quality of students' lives can be impacted as teachers provide necessary tools for their learners to face an ever-evolving future. Literacy is fundamental to understanding all academic disciplines — reading, writing, communication, math, science, and even art. Literacy empowers the imagination and enables students to prepare for changes as they occur. In some situations, literacy provides the mechanism to lift individuals out of poverty or remain upwardly mobile on the socio-economic ladder.

Educators who complete the Masters in Education in Literacy degree program are qualified for Tennessee add-on licensure as a PreK-12 Reading Specialist after passing the Reading PRAXIS and three successful years of classroom experience.

An option available within the Literacy, M.Ed. program electives allows candidates the opportunity to receive additional training. Successful completion of three designated courses in ESL provides a pathway for them to receive PreK-12 Tennessee ESL (English Second Language) licensure. Like the TN Licensures in PreK-12 Literacy, ESL licensure requirements include three years of classroom experience, passing the ESL PRAXIS and completing the advanced coursework addressing ESL that is embedded within the Literacy, M.Ed. program of studies.

This non-thesis online master's in literacy degree features a practicum in literacy, and an Action Research Project. An oral comprehensive presentation for faculty will be completed during the last semester of coursework. Candidates who complete the Literacy, M.Ed. degree program receive a wealth of information that will allow them to provide more informed service to the schools where they are employed.

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Local Kindergarten Teacher Becomes a Literacy Leader in her School

Local Kindergarten Teacher Becomes a Literacy Leader in her School

Jennifer Wenzlick is a kindergarten teacher at Blackman Elementary in Rutherford Country schools. She started her teaching career in 2014. Jennifer graduated from the Literacy Masters program at MTSU in 2019.
"I learned so much from being in the Literacy Masters Program at MTSU. Every assignment we did, I could easily integrate into my classroom. I knew what I was learning would push me to be a better teacher. I would learn something in class and then try out new things in my room the next week. One year, two professors joined me each week in my room and we collaborated on ways to help my kindergarteners become better writers. My kids had never written so much and been so excited about writing! I don't know what the future holds, but this program made me want to keep growing and learning. One day I will likely continue for my Ph.D. I would highly recommend the Literacy Masters Program at MTSU."

MNPS Teacher says MTSU's Literacy Masters Program Made her a Better Teacher

MNPS Teacher says MTSU's Literacy Masters Program Made her a Better Teacher

Lucy Meadors is a kindergarten teacher at Glendale Elementary in Metro Nashville Public Schools. She started teaching in 2015. Lucy graduated from the Literacy Masters program at MTSU in 2019.
"As a teacher, I always want to model lifelong learning. The MTSU Literacy Program was the perfect opportunity to stretch me in my knowledge and skills as a teacher of literacy. Now that I have graduated I miss being pushed to learn, study, and grow in my practice. I loved that in many of my classes I could focus in on a small group of students that needed attention, applying my new skills to those striving readers and writers. Everything we did in the program was relevant and manageable. The professors really helped bring the program to life for me. I feel as though I am ready to be a literacy leader in my school or community. I would definitely recommend the Literacy Masters Program."

News Briefs

Local Kindergarten Teacher Becomes a Literacy Leader in her School

Jennifer Wenzlick is a kindergarten teacher at Blackman Elementary in Rutherford Country schools. She started her teaching career in 2014. Jennifer graduated from the Literacy Masters program at MTSU in 2019.
"I learned so much from being in the Literacy Masters Program at MTSU. Every assignment we did, I could easily integrate into my classroom. I knew what I was learning would push me to be a better teacher. I would learn something in class and then try out new things in my room the next week. One year, two professors joined me each week in my room and we collaborated on ways to help my kindergarteners become better writers. My kids had never written so much and been so excited about writing! I don't know what the future holds, but this program made me want to keep growing and learning. One day I will likely continue for my Ph.D. I would highly recommend the Literacy Masters Program at MTSU."

MNPS Teacher says MTSU's Literacy Masters Program Made her a Better Teacher

Lucy Meadors is a kindergarten teacher at Glendale Elementary in Metro Nashville Public Schools. She started teaching in 2015. Lucy graduated from the Literacy Masters program at MTSU in 2019.
"As a teacher, I always want to model lifelong learning. The MTSU Literacy Program was the perfect opportunity to stretch me in my knowledge and skills as a teacher of literacy. Now that I have graduated I miss being pushed to learn, study, and grow in my practice. I loved that in many of my classes I could focus in on a small group of students that needed attention, applying my new skills to those striving readers and writers. Everything we did in the program was relevant and manageable. The professors really helped bring the program to life for me. I feel as though I am ready to be a literacy leader in my school or community. I would definitely recommend the Literacy Masters Program."

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Graduates from the Literacy program may be employed in a variety of positions within
public schools or private settings. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom teacher
  • Literacy coach
  • Literacy tutor
  • Mentor teacher
  • Reading interventionist
  • Reading specialist

Alumni from the Literacy Program have been employed in many districts including:

  • Metro-Davidson Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools

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