Literacy Education MAE


Entirely Online | 30-33 Credits | 5 semesters
  • Designed to develop and extend the expertise of educators in both leadership and classroom positions who wish to specialize in the area of literacy education
  • Fosters professional development for practicing teachers
  • Engages learners in critical thinking and strategic processing
  • Ranked in the top 15% of online master's in education programs in 2023 by U.S. News and World Report

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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.

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Sohyun Meacham

Program Coordinator

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

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Linda Loy

Enrollment Contact


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Delivered Entirely Online

Courses are offered via Zoom on Tuesday evenings with fall and spring courses being taught in eight-week modules, and summer courses offered in 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. A recommended in-person orientation will be scheduled on the UNI campus (date TBD). For students unable to attend in-person, a video conferencing option is also available.

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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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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 Panther Alumni Continuing Education (PACE) Scholarship for Teachers

  • UNI Online & Distance Education offers scholarships to assist UNI teaching alumni who enroll in a degree-seeking graduate program at a distance. Qualified applicants will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship ($500 each fall and spring term). 
  • Submit your PACE scholarship application online.

$1,500 Dean’s Graduate Scholarship

  • The Dean of the College of Education provides scholarships for graduate students.  Part-time, online students are eligible. 
  • Deadline: April 1:  Apply here!

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

  • This scholarship provides $1,000 awards to be used for educational expenses. The funds for the award have been provided as a tribute to Stanley Butler Reeves in recognition of his many years of service to the education profession, especially to reading instruction. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a Literacy Education MAE student and be selected by the Reading Faculty Committee.
  • The scholarship is offered annually, and it is not automatically renewed each year. Former applicants need to reapply each year that it is offered. 
  • Deadline: April 1:  Apply here!

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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

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Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program. 

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