Master of Education (MEd) — Literacy, 语言, 和股票

Program overview

Become a reading specialist or literacy coach 和 impact learners of all ages

If you believe literacy skills are essential 和 literacy is the foundation of learning, this rigorous research-based program is for you. Impact learners of all ages, develop their writing, 听, speaking skills, become a reading specialist or literacy coach, or a better-prepared teacher of reading 和 writing in P–12 classrooms. This program includes Reading 和 ELL 背书s. It’s also excellent preparation for a doctoral degree in literacy.

Develop your underst和ing of the processes of reading 和 writing needed for student success.

Program Overview

的 School of Education Difference

西雅图 Pacific was founded more than 125 years ago, the University has been preparing some of the most sought-after educators in the region for more than 90 years. Today, entrance to School of Education graduate 项目 is highly competitive. 教师 members — each teaching his or her own courses 和 each holding a doctorate — have worked to develop rigorous 项目 of quality.

的 School of Education at 西雅图 Pacific University offers more than a dozen graduate 项目. You can choose from three doctoral 项目, seven master’s degree 项目, five certification 项目, all of which focus on developing competence, 字符, 领导, service in educators. While many students train to become teachers, others prepare for roles as school counselors, 校长, superintendents, district office personnel, or professors in higher education. SPU's reputation in P–12 education in Washington 和 across the country is strong, students who complete our graduate degree 和 certificate 项目 enjoy a higher rate of employment than the state's average.

Why 西雅图 Pacific for your Master of Education in Literacy, 语言, 和股票?

的 Master of Education (MEd) degree in Literacy, 语言, 和股票 is designed to equip effective teachers of literacy to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. Students in the program exp和 和 deepen their underst和ing of the processes of reading 和 writing 和 will acquire a comprehensive picture of what is required for students to become successful readers 和 writers. Learn from premier faculty in the field of literacy, including an internationally recognized expert in vocabulary learning 和 instruction 和 2009 Reading Hall of Fame inductee.

  1. Accomplished 教师

    Expert, caring faculty have a desire to help students succeed. 教师 are known for mentoring their students during 和 following their educational 项目. 的se professors model lifelong learning through scholarly activities of their own, publishing frequently, presenting at professional conferences.

  2. AACU Membership

    西雅图 Pacific is a member of the Association of American Colleges 和 Universities 和 of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. SPU certification 项目 are approved by the Washington state Professional Educator St和ards Board. 的 School of Education is also a member of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, has a chapter, Sigma Phi Upsilon, of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society that values academic 和 professional excellence in counseling.

  3. Deep Character Emphasis

    Built on an 字符 education foundation, the graduate 项目 at SPU offer first-class education through the lens of Christian faith 和 values. Students take ethics courses, 字符 issues are integrated throughout the curriculum.

  4. Flexible Format

    Designed for working teachers, courses are offered at work-friendly times, including late afternoons 和 evenings. Although the program is not online-only, many courses can be taken online during the regular academic year 和 during Summer Session.   

  5. Connected 校友

    School of Education graduates move on to purposeful careers in schools 和 district-level 领导 around the country. When you obtain a graduate degree from SPU’s School of Education, you join a community of alumni who stay connected.

Related Master’s Programs



In the MEd in Literacy, 语言, 和股票 program, students may start any quarter 和 are not required to take specific classes each quarter.


Foundations 和 Research Core

  • EDU 6085 Moral Issues in Education (3)
  • EDU 6600 Communication 和 Collaboration (3)
  • EDU 6975 Interpreting 和 应用ing Educational Research I (3)
    or EDU 6980 应用ing Research in School Settings (3)

Reading 和 语言 Arts Core

  • EDRD 6506 Literacy Assessment 和 St和ards (3)
  • EDRD 6507 语言 Development 多样性 和 Literacy (3)
  • EDRD 6508 Vocabulary Development (3)
  • EDRD 6509 Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDRD 6529 Teaching Reading: Strategies of Instruction (3)
  • EDRD 6531 Childrens 和 Young Adult Literature (3)
  • EDRD 6533 Writing: Process to Product (3)
  • EDRD 6600 Literacy Coaching in the STEM Disciplines (2)
  • EDRD 6641 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)
  • EDSE 5653 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Students (3)

实习 experience

的 1- to 3-credit practicum experience, EDRD 6980, is designed to give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge that you have gained in a classroom setting. It also meets several of the state competencies for the English 语言 Learners 和  Reading 背书s.

Within this course, you will:

  • complete an independent field experience in literacy instruction, develop 和 teach a unit plan, be formally observed by your course instructor as you teach a minimum of two lessons from that unit;
  • submit a portfolio that documents your ability to have a positive impact on student learning, as well as your knowledge 和 teaching skills in the ELL 和 Reading 背书 areas.

Some students may choose to complete the Reading 和 ELL 背书s following completion of the MEd in Literacy, 语言, 和股票. Students will complete a supervised field experience in the 背书s they are seeking. If students already hold these 背书s, they can replace the practicum with an elective.

Comprehensive examination

的 comprehensive examination is a tool to help synthesize 和 apply the information you have gained throughout the course of study. Most students take the exam during the last quarter of coursework or the quarter following. In order to take the comprehensive examination, you must have completed all of the required courses in the program.

Program schedule

This program is designed to be completed within two years, including Summer Sessions. You must complete all requirements for the degree within six years.

Program requirements

的 MEd in Literacy, 语言, 和股票 is a rigorous 27 to 39-credit program. To complete the program, you will be required to:

  • hold a current teaching certificate;
  • complete coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0或更高;
  • complete all literacy coursework prior to beginning a practicum experience for the reading 和 English 语言 Learners 背书s;
  • pass a comprehensive examination during the last quarter of coursework or the quarter following.

Suggested course sequence

你的 Eight-Quarter Plan may be customized to meet your needs.

Adding Reading 和 ELL Endorsements

AMAT or MAT to MEd in Literacy, 语言, 和股票

This option provides graduates who have earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree to obtain a second master's degree in MEd in Literacy, 语言, 和股票 for an additional 27-30 credits, depending on prior coursework.


Foundations Core

  • EDU 6085 Moral Issues in Education (3)

Reading 和 语言 Arts Core

  • EDRD 6506 Literacy Assessment 和 St和ards (3)
  • EDRD 6507 语言 Development 多样性 和 Literacy (3)
  • EDRD 6508 Vocabulary Development (3)
  • EDRD 6509 Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDRD 6531 Childrens 和 Young Adult Literature (3)
  • EDRD 6533 Writing: Process to Product (3)
  • EDRD 6641 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)
  • EDSE 5653 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Students (3)


  • EDRD 6980 Field Experience (3)



Kristine Gritter

Professor, 课程 和 Instruction; Chair, MEd Literacy, 语言, 和股票
PhD, Michigan State University

电话: 206-281-2323
办公室: 彼得森大厅 309


Emeritus 教师; Scholar in Residence
PhD, UC San Diego


豪尔赫 普雷西亚多

Professor of Education; Chair of Special Education
PhD, University of Oregon

电话: 206-281-2794
办公室: 彼得森大厅 406


Assistant Dean, 研究生 Programs
PhD, University of Washington

电话: 206-281-2707
办公室: 彼得森大厅 409


Continuing Education

To meet the changing needs of adult learners, 西雅图 Pacific University offers a wide range of 项目 和 courses to meet the needs of 今天's professionals. With competitive credit 和 program rates, these personal 和 professional development opportunities make lifelong learning very affordable. As the largest provider of continuing education credits for teachers in Washington state, SPU's Center for Professional Education is focused on the current needs of K–12 educators.

Courses taken for credit 和 numbered at the 5000 level are graduate-level courses 和 are designed primarily with the needs of teachers 和 other professionals in mind for the purpose of meeting certification, 背书, district pay-lane requirements, other professional needs. 的se graduate-level courses may be considered to meet elective requirements in some cases.

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学费 和 fees for 2023–24




*$735 每一个信用 for 39 credits (or 21 credits) of 6000-level coursework, 加2美元,050 for 6 credits of CPE coursework.



application fee

See additional fee details.

27 or 45

credits to complete


Before applying for aid, you must first be admitted to a graduate program. Make sure you:

  • Enroll in at least 3 credits (or half-time) toward a degree or eligible certificate each quarter.
  • Complete 和 submit the Free 应用程序 for Federal Student 援助 (FAFSA) each year.

You may take advantage of scholarships 和 loans. SPU does not have a deadline for graduate financial aid, though earlier is always better than later! 

Learn more about the FAFSA 和 applying for financial help.

Learn more about scholarships, assistantships, loans available to graduate students.


Find out more about administrative 和 other School of Education program fees.



Admission requirements

A limited number of students are admitted to SPU’s MEd in Literacy, 语言, 和股票 degree program each year. Applicants will have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 和 a teaching certificate. 

应用程序 requirements

Applicants must submit the following items:

  • 应用程序 和 $50 application 手续费.
  • Copy of current Washington state teaching certificate (not required for Literacy + Certification applicants).
  • Official transcript documenting bachelor's degree (including official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended).
    • Note: To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to 研究生 招生 as long as they remain in their original, unopened university envelope. Electronic transcripts received via eSCRIP-SAFE or Parchment Exchange are also acceptable.
  • A personal statement. Applicants are to submit a one- to two-page Word document (or PDF) that includes a statement of personal academic 和 professional goals.
  • 现在 a GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) in the last 45 quarter credits of coursework completed.*
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Moral 和 Character Fitness 政策 form (found in the online application) for those seeking teaching certification.
  • 的简历

GRE (研究生 Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) will be required if GPA is less than 3.0. On the GRE, preferred minimum scores of Verbal: 148 和 Quantitative: 147. On the MAT, preferred minimum scaled score of 400.

应用程序 deadlines

Autumn Quarter: August 15
Winter Quarter: November 15
Spring Quarter: February 15
Summer Session: May 15

应用程序 和 admissions questions?

Contact 研究生 招生 at 800-601-0603 or



Frequently asked questions

How selective is admission to the SPU School of Education graduate degree 项目?

This varies by program. Admission to some 项目, such as the Accelerated Master in Teaching Mathematics 和 Science (AMTMS), Accerated Master of Arts in Teaching (还) MEd in School Counseling, is very competitive. Admission to each of SPU's graduate 项目 in education is st和ards-based, all applicants must meet all st和ards for admission.

Can I continue to work while enrolled in a graduate degree program in the SPU School of Education?

Yes, in most cases. Most of the graduate degree 项目 offered by the School of Education are part-time 项目, with classes offered in a variety of worker-friendly venues. Education graduate courses are scheduled at SPU or off campus, in the evenings, occasionally on Saturdays, during the summer.

的 Acclerated Master of Arts in Teaching (还) Accelerated Master in Teaching Mathematics 和 Science (AMTMS) 项目 are exceptions. 的y are one-year full-time 项目 due to their full-time internships.

Is it possible to complete a graduate degree from SPU's School of Education online?

的 School of Education offers several fully online 项目, including the AMAT-OnlineAMTMS-OnlineDigital Education LeadershipTeacher Leadership 项目. Please review the program pages for eligibility requirements.

Is a graduate program at SPU more expensive than comparable education 项目 at other universities?

SPU's graduate tuition rates are competitive with other accredited universities in Washington.

How does a graduate degree or graduate certificate from SPU compare with a similar degree or certificate from other universities?

SPU's School of Education has been offering a wide range of fully accredited master's 和 doctoral degrees in addition to graduate certificates for more than 20 years. SPU's reputation in P–12 education in Washington 和 around the country is strong, students who complete our graduate degree 和 certificate 项目 enjoy a higher rate of employment than the state's average.



Anjean V和en Bosch | 西雅图 Public 学校 English Teacher

Anjean V和en Bosch

SPU's Literacy, 语言, 和股票 program has been fantastic for me as a secondary educator. 的 professors I've had inspired me to use a more diverse 和 rich array of texts in the classroom, given me tools to enhance my language instruction, challenged my notions of high-quality 和 meaningful assessments.

安娜贝尔Hovig | Edmonds School District Teacher


的 LLE graduate program left me feeling empowered as a literacy broker. This program is on the cutting edge of an important shift in reading instruction. As more 和 more attention turns toward the science of reading, teacher training in this area is more critical than ever. I highly recommend this program to all teachers.

妮可规则 | 西雅图 Public 学校


西雅图 Pacific's LLE program was perfect for me. Classes are small, with plenty of time for discussion, amazing professors who care deeply about the subject 和 their students. Some classes focus on the "squishier" aspects of literacy 和 language like motivation 和 ways to find amazing authors for different grade levels, while others dive deeply into the nuts 和 bolts of language acquisition 和 useful scaffolding techniques. My journey led me to a position as an art teacher at a dual-language immersion program. I find the lessons learned in my classes at SPU are applicable 和 relevant.

Elizabeth Woods | 西雅图 Public School District Teacher


识字, 语言, 和股票 MEd program at 西雅图 Pacific University is a gift for anyone in education. I am so thankful for the time I spent learning from 和 with the professors 和 my cohort. From the meaningful debate about literacy 和 language, to the exploration of equity in works of the past 和 present, I am a better educator because of this experience. I am teaching my students how to read with strategies based on engagement 和 motivation I hadn't considered before. Our vocabulary studies, 文字工作, investigation into multicultural literature provide authentic joy 和 constant discovery. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to exp和 their underst和ing of the English language, interested in diving deep into meaningful literacy instruction, ready to discover 和 invest in multicultural literature.