MSE: Literacy Education

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Program Highlights

Expert Knowledge: Become a leader in literacy and learn new strategies for improving literacy in Iowa schools.

Industry Leader: Drake recognizes the critical need for improved methods for teaching literacy and as a result, has developed Iowa's only master's degree in literacy education to advance and improve the issue in the state.

Flexibility: In addition to a master's degree, the program gives you the option of completing a reading endorsement or a reading specialist endorsement.

Convenient Scheduling: Courses are held on evenings and weekends, so you can complete the degree while you work full time.

Personalized Instruction: Courses are taught on Drake’s campus by faculty members who are experts in their fields.

Technology Enhanced: Web-based activities and discussions supplement on-campus courses.

Get a Degree that Matters

"While literacy has always been critical for the academic success of students, the revised expectations in the Common Core standards increase the significance of this development. With literacy standards for language arts, science, social studies, mathematics and technical subjects, it is more important than ever that teachers bring a high level of literacy expertise to their classrooms."
Jo Ellen Latham 
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Southeast Polk Community School District

"Teachers in all content areas need a strong foundation in literacy. In Iowa, as in many other parts of the country, our educators are facing the challenge of educating English Language Learners and students from poverty. Many of these students need to have English language support in all of their classes. A master’s degree in literacy education makes a teacher in any content area better prepared and highly valued."
Thomas Ahart
Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Des Moines Public Schools

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