Literacy Education (MAE)

Master of Arts in Education

Develop and extend your literacy education expertise in both leadership and the classroom

You may be eligible to receive a $2,000 Online & Distance Education Scholarship -- complete the application today

 

Literacy Education MAE

Features

Entirely Online | 30-33 Credits | 5 semesters
  • Take courses taught by expert faculty who represent diverse perspectives in literacy, and focus on investigating connections across literacy curriculum, theory and practice. 
  • Embrace a wide conceptualization of literacy and its role in classrooms. 
  • Develop professional skills expected of a literacy specialist and instructional leader. 
  • Earn a Reading Specialist K-12 and Reading K-8 or Reading 5-12 endorsement as part of the curriculum.

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As an Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation and much more.

Sarah Vander Zanden

Sarah Vander Zanden

Program Coordinator

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
sarah.vanderz@uni.edu
319-273-7270

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Lisa Jaeger

Enrollment Contact

lisa.jaeger@uni.edu

319-273-2504

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Delivered Entirely Online

Coursework is offered via Zoom on Tuesday evenings with fall and spring courses being taught in eight-week modules, and summer courses offered in May, June and/or July. Courses are supported online using Blackboard, a dynamic platform that will enhance your learning experience and provide a sense of community with fellow classmates. An orientation will be scheduled before courses begin.

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A Literacy Education specialty often helps UNI graduates move to the top of the list in job searches. For further employability, students may also consider taking courses to earn an Iowa Reading Endorsement. Literacy Education offers three types of reading endorsements, depending on your choice of electives:

  • Reading Education grades K-8 (available online)
  • Secondary Reading grades 5-12
  • Reading Specialist K-12

A majority of the courses for these endorsements are offered online through UNI.

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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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Delivered Entirely Online

Coursework is offered via Zoom on Tuesday evenings with fall and spring courses being taught in eight-week modules, and summer courses offered in May, June and/or July. Courses are supported online using Blackboard, a dynamic platform that will enhance your learning experience and provide a sense of community with fellow classmates. An orientation will be scheduled before courses begin.

Smiling student with laptop looking at camera

A Literacy Education specialty often helps UNI graduates move to the top of the list in job searches. For further employability, students may also consider taking courses to earn an Iowa Reading Endorsement. Literacy Education offers three types of reading endorsements, depending on your choice of electives:

  • Reading Education grades K-8 (available online)
  • Secondary Reading grades 5-12
  • Reading Specialist K-12

A majority of the courses for these endorsements are offered online through UNI.

Smiling graduate hugging someone at graduation ceremony
Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
Smiling students sitting outside with staff member

Earn your Reading Specialist Endorsement

Students accepted into the program who have already completed their Iowa Reading endorsement requirements will receive the Reading Specialist K-12 endorsement (#176) upon completion of the program of study. Students who are accepted into the program without a completed Reading endorsement can design their program of study to complete the Reading K-8 (#148) or Reading 5-12 (#149), and Reading Specialist K-12 (#176) endorsements.

To be admitted, students must have:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Applicant statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Along with the application, students should have their official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions

 

Literacy MAE Scholarships

$2,000 Online & Distance Education Scholarship

$1,000 Stanley & Norma Reeves Quasi-Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to select Literacy Education MAE students and can be used toward educational expenses.
  • Apply by March 1 via the UNI Scholarship Application.

$1,500 Dean’s Graduate Scholarship

  • The Dean of the College of Education provides scholarships for graduate students.  Part-time, online students are eligible. 
  • Apply here!

Next Steps


Express Interest

Complete our online information request form. We'll send program updates, important information, and application deadlines directly to your inbox!


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Along with your UNI application, you should submit: 

  • record of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Applicant statement
  • CV/Resume

Scholarships Available

Check out the scholarships (listed above) being offered by the College of Education and Online & Distance Education to qualified students. Call 319-273-7206 or email online@uni.edu with any questions or if you need assistance!