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Loyola University Maryland

M.Ed. in Literacy Education

Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland



School of Education
4501 N. Charles St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21210, United States



True to Loyola's Jesuit roots, Loyola’s graduate programs in literacy focus on literacy as a social justice issue and a right for all people – from children in public and private schools to community members, with the knowledge that literacy is the focus of all life-long learning endeavors. Our orientation toward literacy focuses on the many "ways" that people read and write in their lives, with specific attention to the cultural and social practices or activities that shape people's interaction with texts and contexts. We prepare experienced educators, educational leaders, and others to help students develop critical reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills and knowledge necessary to navigate their worlds both inside and outside school. Founded on principles of research, theory, and practice, our courses call on sociocultural and developmental theoretical perspectives in literacy to enhance teachers' understanding of the reading-writing-learning connections that allow students from diverse backgrounds to become confident, successful learners. Our M.Ed. has two tracks for experienced educators looking to serve as specialized literacy professionals in their communities, schools, districts, and states.

Academic Fields
    Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.
    Reading Teacher Education.
    Master's, M.Ed., M.Ed. in Literacy - Literacy Teacher for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
    Master's, M.Ed., M.Ed. in Literacy - Reading Specialist

    Part Time, Online or Distance


    literacy, reading specialist, ESL


    We are looking for experienced educators seeking expand their skills to become a specialized literacy professional. The Reading Specialist track is based on a reflexive practitioner model that contains a capstone experience in two separate supervised practica. These clinical courses are aligned to the 2017 International Reading Association Standards for Reading Specialist including a two-course practica sequence and lead to advanced certification as a reading specialist, K-12, from the Maryland State Department of Education. In these practica, candidates conduct full diagnostic assessments, prepare individualized instruction and intervention programs, work with K-12 students, and evaluate the effects of the instruction. The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations track is based on a reflexive practitioner model which includes coursework and clinical experiences for teaching English Language Learners aligned to the Teachers of English as a Second or Other Languages (TESOL) Standards. This coursework prepares candidates to lead and evaluate educational programs for culturally and linguistically diverse learners focused on equity. When coupled with a passing score on the Praxis II ESOL exam, these applied experiences prepare educators for ESOL certification and ESL teacher in Maryland.
    Academic Backgrounds
      Education, General.
      Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.


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    Maggie Mellott


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    Mechelle Palmer

    Director for Graduate Recruitment