Master of Arts in Education with Literacy Specialist Endorsement P-12

The Literacy Specialist Endorsement P-12 with Master of Arts in Education program offers a variety of graduate-
level courses, field experiences in local schools, and research opportunities with faculty. The combination of these Photo of master's literacy student working with middle schooler.classroom and experiential activities result in graduates who are prepared for the literacy challenges they may face in educational and community contexts. The program leads to certification as a Literacy Specialist P-12 in the
Commonwealth of Kentucky.  As well, it can lead to a Master of Arts in Education degree if needed and/or rank change (Rank I or Rank II).  The program is delivered in a variety formats including via distance learning, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.

Program students and faculty communicate by frequent contact via coursework, advising sessions, and the LISTSERVs for literacy professionals, literacy students, and by their course LISTSERVs.  The Literacy Program LISTSERV is designated by the code READ.

Students in the Literacy Program enjoy a collegial relationship with program faculty. The Literacy Program faculty continuously monitor how the program is relevant to professional challenges so we can adjust our teaching and learning experiences to provide a dynamic preparation for our graduate students.


The mission of the Literacy Program is to prepare literacy education professionals who: (a) recognize that literacy development is a life-long process that goes beyond the printed word and includes the critical ability to negotiate literacy in the world; and (b) are capable of effectively addressing literacy opportunities and challenges in educational and other settings.

Program Outcomes

Through clinical experiences, coursework, and job-embedded practice, the Literacy Specialist program with rank change in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction will prepare literacy professionals (e.g., literacy specialists, literacy coaches, Rank I or Rank II) to:

  • Develop literacy content knowledge
  • Apply theories and research appropriately to inform instruction and assessment
  • Critically evaluate literacy methods, practices, and policies
  • Pursue ongoing professional learning
  • Apply knowledge of language and literacy development, and its typical degree of variation, to inform instruction and assessment
  • Cultivate professional dispositions (e.g., value diversity, communicate effectively, demonstrate professional ethics, etc.)
  • Demonstrate literacy leadership in varied contexts