Literacy Education, Ed.S.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Area of Emphasis in Literacy Education

Applicants must have a master’s degree in an appropriate field. Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at

Admission Requirements Certificate Programs

Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select on the application form the certificate they wish to pursue.

Literacy Specialist

Admission to this program is suspended.

Literacy Education Certificate

  1. An initial undergraduate degree in education from a regionally accredited college or university; and
  2. A valid teaching license

Family Literacy

A relevant undergraduate degree, as determined by the Literacy Education program, from a regionally accredited college or university is needed for admission to the program.

Program Requirements

Degree Requirements Area of Emphasis in Literacy Education

Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) students follow a planned program of study and must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0.

Additional Literacy Endorsements and Certificates for Teachers

Programs marked with asterisk (*) may be used as endorsements for teaching reading. Programs marked with a plus sign (+) may be used as graduate certificates.

Literacy Specialist (24 hours)*

Admission to this program is suspended.

Literacy Education (18 hours)*

The Literacy Education Certificate is intended for educators who hold an initial teaching license and wish to become highly qualified teachers of reading. It consists of six courses, with embedded field-experiences and leads to a reading endorsement at either the elementary or secondary level.

Family Literacy (12 hours)+

May be used as graduate certificate programs.

Plan of Study

Emphasis in Literacy Education

EDF 703Research Design3
EDF 625Qualitative Research Educ3
or EDF 676 Statistical Methods
CIEC 700Technology and Curriculum3
EDF 711Survey Research in Education3
CI 677Writing Publicatn Prof Ed3
or HUMN 604 Expository Wrtng for Research
Area of Emphasis
CIRG 701Seminar I3
CIRG 702Seminar II3
CIRG 703Reading Tests & Techniques3
or CIRG 704 Advanced Instructional Tech
CIRG 707Issues in Reading3
EDF 679Problem Report3
Total Credit Hours30

Literacy Education Certificate

CIRG 636Developmental Reading3
CIRG 653Literacy Acquisition3
CIRG 644Literacy in the Content Area3
CIRG 615Writing in Literacy Curriculum3
CIRG 622Literacy Technology3
CIRG 637Literacy Assessment3
Total Credit Hours18

A series of performance assessments completed as candidates move through the program.

Family Literacy

CIRG 653Literacy Acquisition3
CIRG 651Prin of Family Literacy3
CIRG 652Develop/Eval Fam Lit Prog3
CI 634Lang/Cog Early Childhood3
Total Credit Hours12