Literacy Studies

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  • November 16

    Freshwater Science and Sustainability Information SessionWMU-Traverse City
    NMC's Great Lakes Campus, Room 101
    715 East Front Street, Traverse City MI 49684Thursday, 5 to 6:30 p.m.Talk with faculty and advisors about transferring to WMU to complete a bachelor's degree in freshwater science and sustainability at this free event. RSVP

Program details

Credits required: 30

Location Format   
Battle Creek Face-to-face

Industry highlights

In the United States, about 179,000 master's degrees were conferredin the field of education 2008 to 2009.National Center for Education Statistics

Master of Arts (MA)

Develop yourself as a leader in literacy

Reflective practitioners are passionate learners who embrace diversity, actively inquire and reflect upon their own practice and nurture the development of new knowledge and skills. Students will make connections between and among research, theory, policy and practice to evaluate the teaching-learning process, inquire into how teaching can be improved and develop efficacy based on best practices.

Why literacy studies at Western Michigan University?

This comprehensive professional development program is designed to meet the need for continuous literacy instruction based on current theory, research and best practices.

The master's program will also prepare teachers to:

  • Evaluate literacy initiatives and programs.
  • Be more effective within the classroom.
  • Experience personal and professional growth.
  • Meet state or district mandates.

Its curriculum includes topics in:

  • Reading: comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, phonological awareness
  • Writing: voice, genre, vocabulary, spelling
  • Related processes: speaking, listening, visual imaging, viewing, thinking
  • Reading research, theory and practice
  • Relationship of assessment and instruction
  • Diversity and inclusion: English language learners
  • Professional development and organizations for teachers

Career opportunities

This master’s degree will prepare educators to lead in roles such as reading specialists, literacy coaches, researchers and advocates.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.