Be sure to read this important overview and information, including application information, about outcomes for graduate students in the master of education in literacy degree program.
MASTER OF EDUCATION IN LITERACY (M.ED.)
The program is aligned with the endorsement competencies for reading/literacy in the state of Washington, and will help prepare students for the WEST-E Reading Test. Upon admission, students may begin in any quarter.
Graduates of this program will have a foundation in the theoretical and empirical bases of effective literacy instruction, with an understanding of reading and writing development, the nature and causes of reading difficulties, and principles and strategies for effective teaching.
The West-E Test
Important: Qualifications for adding the reading endorsement include passing the WEST-E test in reading and a successful pedagogy assessment.
Due to the focus of the literacy degree on the K–12 school system, it is preferred that each applicant has completed an approved program for teacher certification prior to enrollment. Exceptions should be approved by the literacy program chairperson.
Those who wish to pursue the M.Ed. in literacy along with teacher certification at Seattle Pacific, see below.
MASTER OF EDUCATION IN LITERACY (M.Ed.) PLUS TEACHER CERTIFICATION
The M.Ed. in literacy-plus-teacher-certification route combines the required coursework (and internship experiences) for a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with the M.Ed. in literacy program. The certification component is designed to be completed on a part-time basis over a two-year period. Following certification, the M.Ed. in literacy can be completed in approximately one additional year (see suggested course sequence).
This route is designed for those who seek a Washington State Teaching Certificate (teachers from other states, those who wish to return to teaching and need a current certificate, those who wish to become teachers, etc.) and have a passion for literacy instruction. Completion of the program prepares students to add a reading endorsement to their certificate.
Those interested should apply to the M.Ed. Literacy program (see application requirements) and indicate on the application that you are seeking certification along with the M.Ed. in literacy.
Students will be required to pass a written comprehensive exam taken at the end of the program to receive the M.Ed. in Literacy degree.