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Literacy, MEd

Shippensburg University’s Literacy (MEd) program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and meets high national standards of excellence. The program follows the International Literacy Association and the Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for preparation of literacy professionals.

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What Will I Learn?

This 30-credit Master of Education program prepares students to help people of diverse ages and backgrounds to more effectively read and communicate. They will benefit from a well-rounded program involving a variety of experiences to help develop their teaching skills. The faculty in our program prepares reading professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively integrate contemporary theories of literacy development with sound pedagogical practice. The program is offered for fully certified elementary and secondary teachers with a Reading Specialist certificate option.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

Ship is an excellent place to continue your education as a teacher because of the opportunities to:

  • Observe classes in elementary, secondary and community college settings
  • Observe physically challenged and exceptional learners
  • Take part in student teaching
  • Participate in student groups and research experiences that complement the academic experience
  • Receive personalized attention and advisement from experienced professors

There are also opportunities unique to Ship through:

  • Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School – The school provides a unique opportunity to observe and participate in elementary school activities and classroom teaching experiences with children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Ship is the only university in Pennsylvania with an on-campus public elementary lab school.
  • Bartos Child and Family Center – The center is adjacent to the lab school provides opportunities to observe and work with children ages one through five.
  • Head Start – This program on campus provides more opportunities for observations and to work with children.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

  • Reading coach/specialist

  • District Literacy interventionist

  • Professional Development trainer

  • Literacy coordinator

  • Community college instructor/adjunct

  • Literacy specialist in publishing and industry


Literacy, M.Ed. Degree Plan

Full-Time (30 Credits)

First Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


Spring Semester: 6 Credits


Summer Term: 9 Credits


Second Year

Summer Term: 6 Credits


Planning Notes for all students:

  1. 30 total credits required
  2. Students can begin in any semester or term, including, fall, spring, winter or summer.
  3. Students can take core courses in any semester or term.
  4. The above sequence is for illustrative purposes only. Students can tailor their program to their individual needs.
Contact the Teacher Education Department Shippen Hall 214 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1688 Fax: (717) 477-4046