The Roger Williams University Master of Arts in Literacy Education is a 31-credit program, leading to certification as a PK-12 Reading Specialist/Consultant in Rhode Island and in member states of the Interstate Certification Compact (ICC).
The program is part-time, and graduate students take at least one course each fall, spring, and summer semesters and travel in cohort groups. A new cohort group begins each fall with students matriculating in EDU 610 - Introduction to Literacy Research. All learning experiences are guided by the National Standards for Reading Professionals as set forth by the International Reading Association.
The program includes nine courses, clustered into three Curriculum Levels, and arranged in a developmental sequence: Level I, Explorations; Level II, Investigations; and Level III, Professionalism. In Level I, Explorations, candidates develop a knowledge base and participate in field experiences in two introductory courses. In Level II, Investigations, candidates develop expertise in instructional and assessment skills that are critical to their roles as literacy professionals. In Level III, Professionalism, candidates build on the broad based knowledge they developed in the first two phases and prepare to assume and carry out leadership roles as literacy professionals.
Applying to the Master of Arts in Literacy Program
To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Literacy degree program, applicants must hold an earned Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and a current valid teacher’s license. To apply, submit the following:
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
- Letter of intent (two double-spaced pages maximum) explaining why you want to become a literacy specialist.
- Two letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school and to work with children.
- Current resume or CV.
- Copy of current teacher’s certificate or license.
- If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results.
- Completed application form accompanied by the $50 application fee.
The School of Education also requires a personal interview as part of the admissions process.