Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction - Teacher Education

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Summary of Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction program is a 33-credit program within the Department of Teacher Education. It takes most students between 2 and 3 years to complete, depending on how many classes they choose to take each semester. All program requirements must be met within 5 years of the date of the earliest course.

For Michigan State University graduates, TE 801, TE 802, and TE 804 can be substituted for 3 of the courses in this program.

On-line Options

Many of the program requirements are now being offered as hybrid or on-line classes. For a listing of on-line and on-campus courses generally offered in the Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction Program, please visit our Literacy Courses page.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction course requirements include:

"You’re able to create your own philosophy of what you believe as a teacher."

Kysha Crenshaw
1st Grade Teacher
Waverly Schools

  • Proseminar (6 credits)
  • Foundations of Literacy (3 credits)*
  • Methodological Foundations of Literacy (15 credits)
  • Area of Specialization (9 credits), including:

    • Reading Specialist
    • Writing Instruction
    • Early Literacy Foundations and Development
    • Teaching Literacy to Diverse Learners
    • Children’s Literature
    • Technology Certificate

More Information

For more information about these requirements, please visit the Program Requirements for Current Masters in Literacy students page.
Jennifer Schaibley
Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction
I teach fifth grade in Brighton, MI. I started out as an undergrad here, and really one of the main reasons I continued on is because MSU makes it so easy to transition from the undergrad into the graduate program. You are already taking graduate courses during your internship year, and a lot of those go right toward your requirements. I've had some great professors. I've had Pat Edwards and Laura Apol, two that really stand out in my mind. ... ... read more