Watson College of Education

Master of Education & Add-on Licensure

Welcome to the Language and Literacy master’s program in the Watson College of Education. Literacy provides the foundation for learning and future success. By teaching students to read confidently and write effectively, you can make a positive difference that will last a lifetime!

The Master of Education in Language and Literacy program offered at the Watson College of Education is an exciting opportunity for certified K-12 teachers seeking a master’s degree to improve knowledge and expertise in literacy education. The program will prepare you to plan, implement and deliver a quality, comprehensive literacy program for diverse learners of all ages.

Distinctive Features of the M.Ed. in Language and Literacy

  • Evening classes to accommodate working professionals meet one night each week
  • Combined perspectives of research, policy and practice
  • Dedicated faculty with extensive experience in literacy education
  • A collaborative learning environment that promotes professional reflection and peer mentoring
  • An approach to curriculum design that values students’ varied experiences and influences
  • Evidence-based approaches for diverse learners
  • Electives in English as a Second Language (ESL), Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) and international studies
  • Action research, inquiry and practicum projects
  • Experiences with learners across grade levels (K-12)
  • Opportunities for international experiences
  • Strong preparation for effective teaching and leadership as instructional coaches and curriculum supervisors

Program Overview

Candidates will complete 33 hours of graduate level classes, field placements and projects in a cohort-model program designed to accommodate working professionals. The M.Ed. in Language and Literacy will lead to graduate level licensure in reading (K-12). In addition to helping you to become the best classroom literacy teacher possible, the degree can help open doors to greater responsibility as a literacy leader in your school or district. Candidates who commitment one night per week to the program can complete the degree in two years.

Program of Study

Language and Literacy Specialty (21 hours)

  • EDN 536 Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas Using Multiple Literacies (3)
  • EDN 538 The Teaching of Writing from a Writer's Perspective (3)
  • EDN 541 The Role of Literature and the Curriculum (3)
  • EDN 558 Language, Literacy, and Culture (3)
  • EDN 566 Research in Literacy Education (3)
  • EDN 584 Development of Language and Literacy Curriculum (3) (prerequisite EDN 566)
  • EDN 586 Professional Roles and Systems for Change in Literacy Education (3)

Practica (6 hours)

  • EDN 588 Assessments in Language and Literacy (prerequisite EDN 584) (3), co-requisite EDN 589)
  • EDN 589 Tutoring and Coaching for Literacy Development (co-requisite EDN 588) (3)

Electives (6 hours)

Recommended Electives: EDN 504, EDN 507, EDN 537, EDN 540, EDN 545, EDN 547, EDN 550, EDN 552, EDN 568, EDN 581, EDN 595 LIC 552, LIC 555 and other courses as approved by the advisor.

Admissions Information

Applications may be completed online through UNCW’s Graduate School (live link). You will need to provide official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, three recommendations and a letter that describes your professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study and philosophy of teaching. (GRE General Test and MAT test scores are no longer required.)

Complete applications are reviewed for admission by the program as they are received. All application and supporting documents must be received by:

  • May 15 - Fall 
  • October 15 – Spring 
  • March 15 – Summer I or Summer II