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Master of Science in Literacy Education

With the shifting social and economic demographics in Iowa, the demand for quality teachers who are experts in literacy education has never been greater.

Drake University offers the newest master’s degree in literacy education in the state of Iowa to meet this growing and critical need. The program is designed for teachers and other educators who desire to lead literacy initiatives, become literacy coaches, develop curriculum, serve as master teachers and learn new strategies and techniques to assist students struggling in the classroom.

The program emphasizes contemporary skills in literacy education and research. Coursework is comprised of seven core classes (learn more here). It provides an opportunity to earn a reading endorsement or reading specialist endorsement.

The part-time program is designed for students who work full time, with classes on evenings and weekends. To learn more about the benefits of the program, visit the Program Highlights page.

Application Details

  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.


Dr. Jill Johnson
Professor of Literacy Education
1-800-44-DRAKE, X3992

Education News
October 12, 2016
Kevin Lam, assistant professor of urban and diversity education at Drake University, has received a 2016 Critics’ Choice book award for his book titled Youth Gangs, Racism, and Schooling: Vietnamese American Youth in a Postcolonial Context.