Master of Science in Education – Literacy

Online Education Degree



Literacy is one of a few keys that really does open a world of possibilities. Our online literacy masters program is top ranked by US News and World Report. It is not commonly found online at other schools, and is designed for elementary, middle, and high school teachers who are ready to advance their effectiveness in the classroom and their careers. Our instructors are nationally recognized as leaders in the field of advanced education and offer a welcoming and collaborative learning experience to their students. With Concordia University Onine, flexible Web-based classrooms let you convene with faculty and other like-minded students to discuss and debate the most effective teaching methods and practices being used across the world.

While our standards often qualify for other states, students looking to practice counseling outside of Wisconsin should make sure the class is in alignment with the license qualifications where they plan to work.

  • Qualify for Wisconsin Reading Teacher Licensure (WI DPI #1316)
  • With 3 additional credits, you also qualify for the Reading Specialist (WI DPI #5017) Licensure

Our Online Literacy Program has been ranked #23 in the country and #1 in Wisconsin by, amongst the 10 Best Online Masters in Reading and Literacy by Early Childhood Education Degrees and amongst the Best Online Master’s in Education & Teaching Degrees by


Area of Study Education
Next Start Date Varies
18 - 33
Total Cost
$10,422 - $19,107
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Goals / Objectives

  • Knowledge of classroom reading strategies you can use immediately
  • Ability to assess the reading strengths and needs of your students
  • Ability to match literacy training to each child’s abilities
  • Background to create positive reading experiences that create lifelong learners
  • Knowledge of how language develops from childhood through adolescence
  • Familiarity with the links between speaking, listening, writing, and reading, and their consequences to literacy
  • Ability to help all students become confident and skilled readers
  • Experience in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of K-12 reading programs
  • Reading Teacher Certification – Wisconsin License #1316
  • Reading Specialist Certification – Wisconsin License #5017

Career Outlook

  • Education Director
  • Coordinator of Reading or Literacy Program
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • P–12 Teacher
  • Reading or Literacy Coach
  • Reading Specialist

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Reading Teacher (Wisconsin DPI License #1316) - 18 Credits

Improvement in Literacy Instruction (EDG 552/852) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Improvement in Literacy Instruction concentrates on the methodologies in reading instruction and the role of the reading teacher in education.
Disciplinary Literacy (EDG 509/809) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Disciplinary Literacy focuses on the transfer of beginning reading skills to content areas and on higher level comprehension and study skills.
Portfolio I (EDG 911)

Course Description

Portfolio I is the first step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students complete the initial setup of their portfolio and develop rationales for each standard in their program.
Language & Literacy Development (EDG 556/856) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Language & Literacy Development studies the English language, including English phonology and how children's language develops from childhood through adolescence and examines interrelationships of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
Literacy Assessment for Instruction (EDG 853) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Literacy Assessment for Instruction examines the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of kindergarten through grade 12 reading programs and their interrelationships with other language arts instruction and other curricular areas.
K-12 Literature (EDG 876) - Credits: 3

Course Description

K-12 Literature presents a wide selection of primary readings for students from kindergarten through the twelfth grade, criteria for selecting texts, practical methods for engaging the students' interest in books, and tools for curriculum development and integration. The course emphasizes the historical background and foundations of the literature.
Literacy Practicum (EDG 854) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Literacy Practicum is the culmination of the reading curriculum for DPI #1316 certification. Teachers work with elementary, middle and secondary level students with a variety of abilities in one-to-one and small group contexts.
Portfolio II (EDG 912)

Course Description

Portfolio II is the first step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students complete the initial setup of their portfolio and develop rationales for each standard in their program.

Master of Science in Education - Literacy - 30 Credits

Supervision of Instruction (EDG 837) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Supervision of Instruction provides the student with orientation to the field of instructional supervision. The course focuses on the nature of instructional supervision with an emphasis on the human perspectives of supervisory behavior.
Curriculum Leadership (EDG 507/EDG 807) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Curriculum Leadership considers the factors that influence design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development.
Current Topics and Research in Literacy (EDG 844) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Current Topics and Research in Literacy examines current topics and issues in reading instruction through study of journals, periodicals, recent publications and qualitative research methods. Content varies as the reading literature is updated.
Graduate Capstone Project (EDG 895) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Graduate Capstone Project provides an opportunity to examine a range of problems in school administration, curriculum, planning, organizing and evaluating. The seminar focuses on student projects and problems related his or her professional development.

Reading Specialist (Wisconsin DPI #5017 License) - 33 Credits

Literacy Internship (EDG 896) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Literacy Internship provides opportunities for each aspiring reading specialist to relate reading and administrative theory to the applied professional understanding of the position of reading specialist.
Portfolio III (EDG 913)

Course Description

Portfolio III is the third step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students insert at least two and no more than three additional artifacts for each standard into their portfolio.

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