Master of Education (MEd) in Literacy

Children reading

Children cannot succeed in school without proficiency in reading and writing, and the level of literacy they will need to fully participate in society continues to increase. SPU's MEd in Literacy is a rigorous, research-based program 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.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you are a teacher who wants to become a reading specialist, literacy coach, or a better-prepared teacher of reading and writing in P–12 classrooms, this program is for you. In today's classrooms, you and other educators face increasing diversity in the amounts and types of experience with literacy that students bring to school. The MEd in Literacy will enable you to develop a comprehensive picture of what is required for your students to become successful readers and writers.

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.

This degree program also offers an option for people who have a passion for literacy instruction and want to earn a Washington state Residency Teacher Certificate. Whether you are a teacher from another state, you wish to return to teaching and need a current certificate, or you want to earn teaching certification for the first time, you can study for both the MEd in Literacy and the Washington state Residency Teacher Certificate. The program will prepare you to add a Reading endorsement to your certificate.

Program Options

The MEd in Literacy provides you with two options. Option one is the MEd in Literacy Plus Reading Endorsement and requires a completed teacher certificate before you begin the program. The second option is the Med in Literacy With Teacher Certification. Both options are discussed in the Program Outline.


As a student in the MEd in Literacy degree program at SPU, you will:

  • learn from premier faculty in the field of literacy;
  • gain a foundation in the theoretical and empirical bases of effective literacy instruction;
  • gain a deeper understanding of the process of reading, how reading ability develops over time, and the obstacles to growth in literacy;
  • be prepared for the NES 104 Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction and a Reading endorsement;
  • improve your teaching ability, and potentially increase your options for professional growth and higher pay.

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of program components, program schedule, program requirements, and suggested course sequence. The official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into this program.

Admission Information

What is required for admission to the MEd in Literacy degree program? Find information about admission requirements and procedures. The official admission requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you apply to this program.

Faculty Chair

Kristine Gritter

Program Chair
PhD, Michigan State University

Phone: 206-281-2323
Office: Peterson Hall 309

William Nagy

Did You Know?

Help Icon SPU literacy faculty member Dr. William Nagy is an internationally known expert in vocabulary learning and instruction. He was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame in 2009.

Child Reading

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SPU’s literacy program is helping to change how kids encounter words.

Scott	Beers

Why I Teach at SPU

Scott Beers, Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs

"I have long believed that I am called to teach. Challenging students with new ideas and creating activities that help them learn is a life-giving experience for me. I aim to inspire and equip my students to help children become better readers and writers. It is a privilege to teach SPU students who will dramatically improve the lives of young people."