Reading/Language Arts

Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Studies with an emphasis in Reading/Language Arts offers elementary and secondary teachers with the appreciation, theory, and practical skills needed to teach various areas of reading and language arts. Students may select from the following emphasis areas:

All degree-seeking students in the Reading/Language Arts emphasis program are required to take a minimum of 33 semester hours. If a candidate is pursuing the Reading Specialist K-12 endorsement, they must complete the 36 hour Reading Specialist program. Candidates pursuing the Elementary Reading or Secondary Reading endorsement must complete 24 semester hours in the appropriate endorsement program.

The reading/language arts program has several course program options available. The program offers various options for course delivery: Face-to-FaceHybrid, and Online.

The reading/language arts program is highly respected at both the state and national level and has achieved national recognition status from the International Literacy Association. Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The faculty are leaders in their fields, combining the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

Portfolio Requirements: All candidates must complete a portfolio and submit it periodically for faculty review.

For questions, please contact the program coordinator, Elizabeth Stolle, at or (616) 331-6242.

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  • Career-oriented. Become a literacy leader. The Elementary and Secondary Reading Endorsement Programs are designed for teachers interested in facilitating student learning through effective literacy practices. The K-12 Reading Specialist Program is designed for teachers interested in literacy coaching and administration/supervision of district-wide reading/language arts programs.
  • Service. The College of Education Student Information and Services Center provides centralized services for advising, program planning, field placement, and certification.
  • Flexible. With two campuses, Grand Rapids and Detroit, the program offers various options for course delivery: Face-to-FaceHybrid, and Online, making it easier for teachers and administrators to plan their schedules.


M.Ed. in Literacy Studies admission requirements and application for admission are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

Courses Offered

The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies program is a minimum of 33 credits.

See the Full Course lists for M.Ed. in Literacy Studies with emphasis in Reading/Language Arts:


Grand Valley offers an excellent education at a reasonable cost.