Literacy Education


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All teachers are teachers of literacy. Literate learners are able to achieve things they never thought possible through interaction with the world through reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visual representation. According to the International Literacy Association, even in this day and age, there are still millions of people all over the world who are denied access to literacy education. This master's degree will be of interest to those who want to learn how to more effectively teach literacy.

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A Great Fit For

  • Educators who want to learn how to more effectively teach literacy.
  • A person who enjoys motivating others.
  • Someone who values building relationships.


Orientation to graduate education programs and readiness for online learning to be completed during the student’s first semester of enrollment. Expectations related to scholarly writing skills are introduced.

Overview of approaches to educational research and pertinent educational theoretical frameworks. Students will examine the role of action research in their practice.

Identify and review scholarly literature, critically evaluate research, and develop skills to write an effective literature review related to topics in literacy education.

Students examine the systematic design feature of action research, with a focus on selecting effective data tools and creating an implementation plan for a research project.

Students examine evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of action research data, as well as designing strategies for instructional adjustment and re-evaluation.

Using foundational methods of design and analysis, students conduct action research related to literacy education. A capstone research project, including a review of literature, a systematic inquiry of a research problem, implementation of an intervention, analysis and interpretation of data, and reflection for instructional adjustment.

Expands the use of technology tools in teaching situations and includes an action inquiry project using a technology-infused solution. Discusses issues related to technology and its use in schools.

Examination of socio-cultural concerns and ethics related to educational foundations with emphasis on contemporary issues influencing curriculum, pedagogy, inclusion, human relations, educational policy, and social justice.

  • EDUC 760 (2 cr) Reading Assessment
  • EDUC 761 (4 cr): Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDUC 762 (3-4 cr): Diagnostic Teaching of Reading
  • EDUC 763 (4 cr): Oral and Written Language Development
  • EDUC 764 (3 cr): Literacy for Grades K-4
  • EDUC 765 (3 cr): Literacy for Grades 5-8
  • EDUC 766 (3 cr): Literacy for Grades 9-12
  • EDUC 767 (1 cr): Literacy Capstone
  • EDUC 870 (3 cr): Adolescent Literature
  • EDUC 872 (3 cr): Children’s Literature
  • EDUC 478G (3 cr): Literature Across Culture
  • SPED 681 (3 cr): K-8 Mild/Moderate Reading Remediation Strategies
  • SPED 682 (3 cr): 5-12 Mild/Moderate Reading Remediation Strategies


Additional Program Details

About MAT: Literacy Education at Morningside

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of literacy education based in methods that improve reading achievement; approaches that explore oral and written language development; and practices that focus on increasing learners’ literacy.
  • Expand your opportunities for advancing your work in literacy education while enhancing your skills in areas such as language development; children’s and adolescent literature; diagnostics and assessment; and more.
  • Enjoy the flexible advantages of earning a degree 100% online, allowing you to work and maintain your personal and professional aspirations.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to gain practical experience that can be immediately applied in the classroom.

Contact Us

Morningside University
Sharon Walker School of Education

1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106


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