Literacy, MEd

Are you an educator looking to make an impact in your community? Shippensburg University's Literacy, MEd program embraces diversity and generously accommodates personalized needs and opportunities. Nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association, the program sets a high standard of excellence inside and outside the classroom.

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What Will I Learn?

This Master of Education program prepares you to help people of diverse ages and backgrounds to more effectively read and communicate. You'll benefit from a well-rounded program that involves a variety of experiences that will help you develop your teaching skills. Several courses are specific to K-8 literacy studies.

Field hours provide increased experience with children in an educational setting. Responsibilities include providing instruction using educational strategies and techniques, taking on leadership roles within the school environment and working with dedicated professionals in the field.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

Ship is an excellent place to study to become 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?

A reading specialist degree gives you more options when planning your career in education, including:

  • Literacy coach
  • English literacy development teacher
  • Reading center positions
  • Reading interventionist


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.