Teacher Education, M.Ed. Literacy Education K-12 Concentration


The mission of the Literacy Education Program is to prepare teacher leaders who advocate for and seek to integrate theory, research, and practice; engage in reflection, research, and professional collaborations; and offer culturally relevant, learner-centered opportunities for every student to develop the literacy skills needed in the 21st century.

The Master of Education is a 30-hour program and the primary goal of the program is to prepare initially licensed teachers for “M” licensure as a K-12 Reading Specialist. Not only are teachers prepared to implement innovative research-based teaching strategies in their own classroom settings, but they are also expected to promote those practices among colleagues, administrators, and the community as teacher leaders.

Program Distinctions

The UNC Greensboro School of Education was named one of the 2022 “Top Graduate Schools of Education” by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Student Experience

Student coursework includes attention to early literacy, assessment, writing instruction, adolescent literacy, word study, and teacher leadership and research in literacy.

After Graduation

Graduates of the program are well-prepared for successful careers as K-12 reading specialists, classroom teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum facilitators, and district coordinators for language arts.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice. As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the initial teaching license. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. Licensure Reciprocity Information


  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field
  • Initial or “A” license for teaching
  • Two years of teaching experience
  • Prior course work should include children’s literature, reading, and language arts
  • Deadlines:
    • April 1 for the summer semester
    • July 1 for the fall semester
    • December 1 for the spring semester

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Program Details

Degree Type: Master's

College/School: School of Education

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: Online

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