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Master of Education in Literacy Required Program

Except for courses with asterisks (EDUC 640 and EDUC 681), all courses must be taken in sequential order as listed below.  

Master of Education in Literacy Program Requirements

Required Program

  Semester Hours
*EDUC 640 Educational Research, Design and Analysis


READ 605 Literacy Foundations


READ 615 Literacy for Learners with Limited English Proficiency and/or Other Diverse Needs


READ 616 Practicum in assessing and Teaching English Language Learners


READ 620 Literacy Strategies for Struggling Learners


READ 625   Written Expression Across the Grades


READ 635 Basic Diagnostics and Instructional Practices


READ 645 Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle Level and Secondary Students 


READ 636 Action Research to Improve Literacy Instruction 


*EDUC 681   Advanced Educational Psychology


READ 655   Advanced Coaching in Literacy Education 


READ 665

Capstone: Literacy Coaching Practicum  


Total Semester Hours  


 * Courses offered in fall, spring, and summer.

Visit the graduate course description webpage to view course descriptions.

Transition Points

I. Program Entrance 

  • Purchase LiveText at the Winthrop University bookstore or online;
  • Complete professional dispositions online, via LiveText, by the middle of the first fall semester. For details see:;
  • Submit proof of International Reading Association (IRA) membership each year throughout the program.

II. Transition One: Foundations (Minimum of 6 hours)

  • 3.0 or better in READ 605 and READ 615. A passing score of B or better is required for both final examinations.

III. Transition Two: Midpoint (Minimum of 18 hours) 

  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; 
  • Program of study filed; 
  • Successful professional disposition review conference; 
  • Passing score on the PRAXIS II Teaching Reading.

IV. Transition Point: Endpoint (Minimum of 24 hours) 

  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA;
  • Successful professional disposition review conference.

V. Exit from Program: (Minimum of 36 hours)

  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; 
  • Successful completion of final two practica (which include a successful disposition review conference by the literacy faculty, a positive disposition review by the supervising teacher or school administrator, and a final competency evaluation); 
  • Successful Capstone Project.


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