Literacy Education (MAE)

The Literacy Education MAE program is designed to develop and extend the expertise of educators in both leadership and classroom positions who wish to specialize in the area of literacy education. Students examine theories, programs and practices in the teaching of literacy, the evaluation of literacy development and the integration of literacy across curricular areas.

Program highlights

  • Designed for practicing teachers with courses offered via interactive video conferencing technologies and online.
  • Prepares culturally responsive literacy teachers through the integration of research, theory and practice.
  • Engages learners in critical thinking and strategic processing.
  • Fosters professional development for practicing teachers.
  • Delivered on a cohort basis with coursework completed in three years.

Increased job opportunities

A Literacy Education specialty often helps UNI graduates move to the top of the list in job searches. For further employability, students may also consider taking courses to earn an Iowa Reading Endorsement. UNI Literacy Education offers three types of reading endorsements: Reading Education grades K-8 (also available at a distance), Secondary Reading grades 5-12 and/or Reading Specialist K-12, depending on your choice of electives. A majority of the courses for these endorsements are offered at a distance through the University of Northern Iowa.

Course delivery

Courses in this program are offered via interactive video conferencing methods (including Adobe Connect) on Tuesdays during fall and spring semesters. Some courses and coursework are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser.

While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.

Scholarship opportunity

The Stanley and Norma Reeves Scholarship offers financial support for master's students enrolled in the UNI Literacy Education program. Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded annually through an application process. Scholarship applications are due no later than March 1, 2016. Admissions application and additional materials must be submitted by March 1, 2016 to be considered for the scholarship (see Next Steps page for more details on the application process for the Literacy Education master's program).

To learn more about this scholarship opportunity, please contact the UNI Literacy Education program at 319-273-2698.