Houghton student teacher working towards her Masters in Literacy Education, reading to students.

Literacy Education, MSEd

Make a Difference in the Lives of Students as a Literacy Specialist

Houghton's fully online Masters in Literacy Education is designed for educators holding initial teaching certification in any area (K-12). You will graduate with your Master's degree as well as eligibility to apply for New York State professional teacher certification as a literacy specialist.

Experience a graduate program in reading and literacy taught from a Christian perspective.

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Complete your M.S.Ed degree in 12 Months

When you take classes full-time, 100% online.

Flexible Timeline

Fit your degree around your teaching schedule with part-time options. Your advisor will give you a program map that will give you a clear start and finish.

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What will I learn?

Become a transformative literacy educator, fully equipped to foster positive literacy-learning experiences for students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, with a M.S.Ed. in Literacy.

Through Houghton’s fully online M.S.Ed program you will:

  • Prepare for NYSED professional certification as a literacy specialist, meeting premier standards for teacher certification in the U.S.
  • Develop expertise in determining and communicating the literacy strengths and areas for potential growth for diverse learners.
  • Specialize your understanding of the needs of students in a rural setting.
  • Acquire the tools and confidence to build a multi-layered literacy support network for students.
  • Form collaborative partnerships between schools, families and communities.

Houghton's certification officer will be happy to consult with out-of-state applicants regarding how this program will support your continued certification in your state.

39 Credits

for birth-Grade 12 certification
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Design Your Own Schedule

Design the program sequence that will meet your personal and professional needs, with the support of the program director and your advisor. You can take as few as one course per semester (part-time) or as many as five (full-time).

Support for Online Learners

Connect with friendly technical support professionals, throughout the week and at select hours on weekends, via chat, phone or email as you navigate your online courses.

Learn From Experienced Educators

Complete your degree fully online as you learn from caring and expert faculty who serve as mentors throughout the coursework, embedded practicum, and internships. You will receive seamless support as you grow as a competent scholar, reflective teacher, and caring servant.

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Cost and Affordability


Per Credit Hour

No additional fees


Estimated Total Program Cost

Professional certification birth-grade 12
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2023-24 Academic Year. Tuition and fees are subject to change annually. Costs for books and required subscriptions are not included.

10% Discount

To partner and affiliate school teachers

Contact Heather Arnold for more information about becoming a partner or affiliate.

Program outcomes

Students earning a M.S.Ed. degree from Houghton University are prepared to qualify for their professional certification and are equipped to earn additional certification in Literacy, a high-need area in New York State.  Graduates are prepared to work as:

  • Classroom teacher with literacy expertise (PK-12)
  • Literacy coach
  • Literacy consultant
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Literacy specialist (PK-12)
  • Reading teacher (PK-12)
  • Instructor of a College Literacy Course
  • District-level Subject Specialists

Take the Next Steps


Choose A Start Date

May 13, 2024
Sept. 2, 2024
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Start Your Application

Complete the free online application form
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Documents and Supporting Materials

You will be asked to provide transcripts, initial teacher certification and a current resume.

Professional Statement

In 300 – 500 words, describe your professional and educational practices and how they inform your current professional goals. Consider sharing a story that demonstrates why you are pursuing a masters in literacy education. Be sure to include how you think this master’s program might support you in improving your practice and address literacy challenges in today’s classrooms.

Have Questions?

Discover if earning your Masters in Literacy Education, fully online, from Houghton University is right for you.

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Get more details on the M.S.Ed program.

Speak with our team

Contact 800-777-2556  or msed@houghton.edu to connect with an admissions representative.