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Language and Literacy

Master of Education (M.Ed.), online graduate program

Learn to teach literacy for all students.

As an experienced educator, you know that student success depends on the ability to read, write, listen, and speak well. With our online master’s degree in literacy, you’ll learn how better to teach effectively to all students, including English language learners, in a variety of content areas. And with the skills you gain, you’ll also help your students develop skills they can use wherever they go, in school and in life. 

Our program helps you integrate reading and writing into lessons plans, use technology in the classroom, and match readers and text. You’ll study coursework that features the latest education theories and approaches, including topics like:

  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Linguistics
  • Content literacy
  • Writing
  • Assessment

Expand your knowledge and understanding of literacy as you gain a foundation in language and its application across diverse populations and subjects. In your capstone course, you’ll also explore professional development strategies to prepare you for the next step in your career. When you finish this program, you’ll be ready to implement effective literacy strategies that help students from all backgrounds learn.

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Program Structure

100% Online

33 Credits, Accelerated 8-week Terms
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our Language and Literacy program prepares you to:
Important Licensure Information

All Lesley University educator licensure programs comply with current Massachusetts educational requirements, as specified. In addition, Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which makes it possible for an educator to have their Massachusetts license/s recognized across the United States. Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to teach, and the licensure structures that exist within that state, there are diverse pathways to licensure that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, Lesley University strongly encourages prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing page for more information.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Language and Literacy
  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 33
  • Fees
    Technology Fees
    Registration Fees
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    Degree Completion Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Your degree is an investment, and we're committed to ensuring its value. That's why we offer the best teacher education in Massachusetts, at competitive tuition rates.
We are committed to providing you with opportunities to support your academic goals. Federal aid and a variety of other options can help make your education more affordable.

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