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Advanced Studies - Literacy Specialization

The Master of Education program in Advanced Studies is designed for experienced teachers and other educational professionals. In the state of Ohio, a master’s degree is required for teacher’s advancement to the Senior Professional License.

The literacy specialization gives you in-depth preparation in literacy, reading assessment, and diagnosis of reading problems. This track may lead to recommendation for the State of Ohio Reading Endorsement.

The program consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours for degree completion including a combination of core education courses, a specialized sequence of courses, and electives. A Master of Arts course of study which includes a thesis is also available.


  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education

Program Coordinator

Dr. Dan Reynolds
Telephone: 216.397.4692

Each of our graduate education programs provide several learning goals based on contexts, learner development, practice and person.

Please review our policies regarding the admission processes. Contact the Graduate School if you have any questions.

General Course Requirements

  • ED 500 Foundations of Education or ED 453 Multicultural Education (3 credits)
  • ED 502 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • ED 534 Learning‑Teaching (3 credits)
  • 12 – 15 credit hours in one sequence
  • 6 -9 credit hours of electives (except where stated in specific sequences)
  • We offer an affordable tuition rate reflecting JCU's commitment to educators. This rate is competitive with other NE Ohio institutions. 
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver for 15 credit hours per year, plus a stipend. Graduate assistants are expected to spend 20 hours per week working for the department.
  • Tuition scholarships are available to licensed teachers. 
  • Federal student loans are also available, for more information visit Student Enrollment and Financial Services (216.397.4248).