Winthrop University: Graduate School - About the Program
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About the Program

The Master of Education degree in literacy is a 36-hour program designed to prepare the certified classroom teacher for literacy teaching and/or literacy coaching.


  • Graduates of this program will meet South Carolina course requirements for certification as a literacy teacher and/or literacy coach.

1. To receive state certification as a literacy teacher, two years of successful teaching experience are required.

2. To receive state certification as a literacy coach, five years of successful teaching experience are required.

3. Candidates who complete the program without teaching experience will not receive certification in either area until they can document successful teaching experience as outlined in numbers 1 and 2 above.

  • Graduates of this program will complete coursework required for South Carolina Read to Succeed endorsements.

In addition, graduates must have satisfactory scores on required PRAXIS examination(s). The M.Ed. in Literacy is offered in a cohort model, starting each fall, with a sequence of specialty studies offered each semester. A candidate who drops out of the cohort may have to wait a full year to re-enroll. 


"The courses and assignments included in Winthrop's MEd in Literacy program were designed to support my role as a classroom teacher, and the workload was manageable while working full-time.  The courses provided me with skills and experiences that I have utilized to support both students and teachers. The knowledge I gained from this program has helped me tremendously as a classroom teacher, interventionist and instructional coach.  I am thankful for the instructors and experiences from this program and credit them for helping me attain and be successful in the role I have now."

-Amanda C.



Last Updated: 3/27/20