SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Master of Education (MEd) in Literacy, Language, and Equity

Shape the future. Change the world.

You’re ready for a rigorous, research-based program that is aligned with your belief that literacy skills are essential to every aspect of a person’s life, and that literacy is the foundation of all learning. You aspire to impact learners of all ages, developing their writing, listening, and speaking skills across contexts. If you desire to become a reading specialist or literacy coach, or a better-prepared teacher of reading and writing in P–12 classrooms, then this program is for you!

At a Glance

  • check mark icon Upcoming Application Deadline 2/15/2020 for Spring Quarter
  • check mark icon Accreditation

    - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

  • check mark icon Expected Time to Completion 24 months
  • check mark icon Format

    Designed for working teachers, courses are offered at work-friendly times, including late afternoons and evenings. Options are available for remote learners to complete the program entirely online or in a low residency format.

  • check mark icon Credits to Graduate 45

Program Overview


The School of Education Difference

Seattle Pacific was founded more than 125 years ago, and the University has been preparing some of the most sought-after educators in the region for more than 90 years. Today, entrance to School of Education graduate programs is highly competitive. Faculty members – each teaching his or her own courses and each holding a doctorate – have worked to develop rigorous programs of quality.

The School of Education at Seattle Pacific University offers more than a dozen graduate programs. You can choose from three doctoral programs, seven master’s degree programs, and five certification programs, all of which focus on developing competence, character, leadership, and service in educators. While many students train to become teachers, others prepare for roles as school counselors, principals, superintendents, district office personnel, or professors in higher education. SPU's reputation in P–12 education in Washington and across the country is strong, and students who complete our graduate degree and certificate programs enjoy a higher rate of employment than the state's average.

Why Seattle Pacific for your MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity?

The Master of Education (MEd) degree in Literacy, Language, and Equity is designed to equip effective teachers of literacy to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. Students in the program expand and deepen their understanding of the processes of reading and writing and will acquire a comprehensive picture of what is required for students to become successful readers and writers. Learn from premier faculty in the field of literacy, including an internationally recognized expert in vocabulary learning and instruction and 2009 Reading Hall of Fame inductee.

  1. Accomplished Faculty

    Expert, caring faculty have a desire to help students succeed. Faculty are known for mentoring their students during and following their educational programs. These professors model lifelong learning through scholarly activities of their own, publishing frequently, and presenting at professional conferences.

  2. AACU Membership

    Seattle Pacific is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. SPU certification programs are approved by the Washington state Professional Educator Standards Board. The School of Education is also a member of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, and has a chapter, Sigma Phi Upsilon, of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling.

  3. Deep Character Emphasis

    Built on an character education foundation, the graduate programs at SPU offer first-class education through the lens of Christian faith and values. Students take ethics courses, and character issues are integrated throughout the curriculum.

  4. Flexible Format

    Designed for working teachers, courses are offered at work-friendly times, including late afternoons and evenings. Although the program is not online-only, many courses can be taken online during the regular academic year and during Summer Session.   

  5. Connected Alumni

    School of Education graduates move on to purposeful careers in schools and district-level leadership around the country. When you obtain a graduate degree from SPU’s School of Education, you join a community of alumni who stay connected.

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Curriculum

In the MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity program, students may start any quarter and are not required to take specific classes each quarter.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Foundations and Research Core

  • EDU 6085 Moral Issues in Education (3)
  • EDU 6525 Culturally Responsive Teaching (3)
  • EDU 6600 Communication and Collaboration (3)
  • EDU 6975 Interpreting and Applying Educational Research I (3)
    or EDU 6980 Applying Research in School Settings (3)

Reading and Language Arts Core

  • EDRD 6506 Literacy Assessment and Standards (3)
  • EDRD 6507 Language Development Diversity and Literacy (3)
  • EDRD 6508 Vocabulary Development (3)
  • EDRD 6509 Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDRD 6529 Teaching Reading: Strategies of Instruction (3)
  • EDRD 6530 Disciplinary Literacy and Language Learning (3)
  • EDRD 6531 Childrens and Young Adult Literature (3)
  • EDRD 6533 Writing: Process to Product (3)
  • EDRD 6641 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)
  • EDSE 5653 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Students (3)

Practicum experience

The 3-credit practicum experience, EDCN 5730, is designed to give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge that you have gained in a classroom setting. It also meets several of the state competencies for the English Language Learners and  Reading endorsements.

Within this course, you will:

  • complete an independent field experience in literacy instruction, develop and teach a unit plan, and be formally observed by your course instructor as you teach a minimum of two lessons from that unit;
  • submit a portfolio that documents your ability to have a positive impact on student learning, as well as your knowledge and teaching skills in the ELL and Reading endorsement areas.

Some students may choose to complete the Reading and ELL endorsements following completion of the MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity, in which case students would replace the practicum with a 3-credit elective course. This course may be taken at the 5000-level or 6000-level. If students already hold these endorsements, they can replace the practicum with an elective.

Comprehensive examination

The comprehensive examination is a tool to help synthesize and apply the information you have gained throughout the course of study. Most students take the exam during the last quarter of coursework or the quarter following. In order to take the comprehensive examination, you must have completed all of the required courses in the program.

Program schedule

This program is designed to be completed within two years, including Summer Sessions. You must complete all requirements for the degree within six years.

Program requirements

The MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity is a rigorous 45-credit program. To complete the program, you will be required to:

  • hold a current teaching certificate;
  • complete coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • complete all literacy coursework prior to beginning a practicum experience for the reading and English Language Learners endorsements;
  • pass a comprehensive examination during the last quarter of coursework or the quarter following.

Suggested course sequence

Your Eight-Quarter Plan may be customized to meet your needs.

Adding Reading and ELL Endorsements

MAT to MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity

This option provides graduates who have earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree to obtain a second master's degree in MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity for an additional 27-30 credits, depending on prior coursework.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Foundations Core

  • EDU 6085 Moral Issues in Education (3)

Reading and Language Arts Core

  • EDRD 6506 Literacy Assessment and Standards (3)
  • EDRD 6507 Language Development Diversity and Literacy (3)
  • EDRD 6508 Vocabulary Development (3)
  • EDRD 6509 Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDRD 6531 Childrens and Young Adult Literature (3)
  • EDRD 6533 Writing: Process to Product (3)
  • EDRD 6641 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)
  • EDSE 5653 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Students (3)

Practicum

  • EDCN 5730 Field Experience (3)
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Faculty

Faculty

Kristine Gritter

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction; Chair, M.Ed. Literacy
PhD, Michigan State University

Email: grittk@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2323
Office: Peterson Hall 309

William Nagy

Professor of Education; Literacy
PhD, UC San Diego

Email: wnagy@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2253
Office: Peterson Hall 407

Jorge Preciado

Associate Professor of Education; Chair of Special Education
PhD, University of Oregon

Email: preciadoj@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2794
Office: Peterson Hall 406

Scott Beers

Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs
PhD, University of Washington

Email: sbeers@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2707
Office: Peterson Hall 409

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Continuing Education

To meet the changing needs of adult learners, Seattle Pacific University offers a wide range of programs and courses to meet the needs of today's professionals. With competitive credit and program rates, these personal and professional development opportunities make lifelong learning very affordable. As the largest provider of continuing education credits for teachers in Washington State, SPU's Center for Professional Education is focused on the current needs of K-12 educators.

Courses taken for credit and numbered at the 5000 level are graduate-level courses and are designed primarily with the needs of teachers and other professionals in mind for the purpose of meeting certification, endorsement, district pay lane requirements and other professional needs. These Graduate-level courses may be considered to meet elective requirements in some cases.

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Costs

TUITION AND FEES FOR 2019–20

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$698

per credit

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$50

application fee

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45

credits to complete

FINANCIAL AID

Before applying for aid, you must first be admitted to a graduate program. Make sure you:

  • Enroll in at least 3 credits (or half-time) toward a degree or eligible certificate each quarter.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

You may take advantage of scholarships and loans. SPU does not have a deadline for graduate financial aid, though earlier is always better than later! 

Learn more about the FAFSA and applying for financial help.

Learn more about scholarships, assistantships, and loans available to graduate students.

FEES

Find out more about administrative and other School of Education program fees.

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Application

Admission requirements

A limited number of students are admitted to SPU’s MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity degree program each year. Applicants will have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a teaching certificate. A teaching certificate is not required if you are pursuing the MEd in Literacy , Language, and Equity with Teacher Certification.

Application requirements

Applicants must submit the following items:

  • Application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Copy of current Washington state teaching certificate (not required for Literacy + Certification applicants).
  • Official transcript documenting bachelor's degree (including official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended).
    • Note: To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to Graduate Admissions as long as they remain in their original, unopened university envelope. Electronic transcripts received via eSCRIP-SAFE or Parchment Exchange are also acceptable.
  • A personal statement. Applicants are to submit a one- to two-page Word document (or PDF) that includes a statement of personal academic and professional goals.
  • Present a GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) in the last 45 quarter credits of coursework completed.*
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Moral and Character Fitness Policy form (found in the online application) for those seeking teaching certification.
  • Résumé

*The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) will be required if GPA is less than 3.0. On the GRE, preferred minimum scores of Verbal: 148 and Quantitative: 147. On the MAT, preferred minimum scaled score of 400.

Application deadlines for MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity

Autumn Quarter: August 15
Winter Quarter: November 15
Spring Quarter: February 15
Summer Session: May 15

Application Deadline for MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity with Teacher Certification

March 15

Application and admissions questions?

Contact Graduate Admissions at 800-601-0603 or gradadmissions@spu.edu.

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How selective is admission to the SPU School of Education graduate degree programs?

This varies by program. Admission to some programs, such as the Accelerated Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (AMTMS), Accerated Master of Arts in Teaching (AMAT), and MEd in School Counseling, is very competitive. Admission to each of SPU's graduate programs in education is standards-based, and all applicants must meet all standards for admission.

Can I continue to work while enrolled in a graduate degree program in the SPU School of Education?

Yes, in most cases. Most of the graduate degree programs offered by the School of Education are part-time programs, with classes offered in a variety of worker-friendly venues. Education graduate courses are scheduled at SPU or off campus, in the evenings, occasionally on Saturdays, and during the summer.

The Acclerated Master of Arts in Teaching (AMAT) and Accelerated Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (AMTMS) programs are exceptions. They are one-year full-time programs due to their full-time internships.

Is it possible to complete a graduate degree from SPU's School of Education online?

The School of Education offers several fully online programs, including the AMAT-OnlineAMTMS-OnlineDigital Education Leadership, and Teacher Leadership programs. Please review the program pages for eligibility requirements.

Is a graduate program at SPU more expensive than comparable education programs at other universities?

SPU's graduate tuition rates are competitive with other accredited universities in Washington.

How does a graduate degree or graduate certificate from SPU compare with a similar degree or certificate from other universities?

SPU's School of Education has been offering a wide range of fully accredited master's and doctoral degrees in addition to graduate certificates for more than 20 years. SPU's reputation in P–12 education in Washington and around the country is strong, and students who complete our graduate degree and certificate programs enjoy a higher rate of employment than the state's average.

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