Literacy Education program

Literacy Education, MA

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University of Colorado Denver

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CU Denver’s online Master of Arts in Literacy Education with a concentration in reading and writing plus Reading Teacher (K-12) endorsement prepares educators to work with diverse, K-12 student populations as they develop reading, writing, and oral language skills.

This concentration and endorsement will enhance your literacy instruction skills and credentials and provide you with the advanced knowledge and training to build on students’ languages, abilities, cultures, and real-world experiences.


Program Details

What you'll learn

As part of this program, you will learn to fully engage students in your classroom by exploring:

  • Language and literacy acquisition
  • Effective practices in teaching reading and writing
  • Culturally relevant teaching practices
  • Children’s and adolescent literature
  • Digital literacy & use of technology to enhance literacy instruction
  • Literacy assessment and informed instruction
  • Hands-on practical learning opportunities
  • Teacher leadership

Our goal is to help you have a transformative impact on student learning, creativity, and achievement, while also supporting you as a leader and innovator in your school and professional networks.


Recommendations for endorsements are made by the Literacy Education program, but the endorsement is granted by the State of Colorado. Individual state requirements vary and may include teaching experience in addition to a valid teaching credential. Students should consult with the Colorado Department of Education or another state in which they wish to be endorsed for the most updated endorsement requirements. Please note that the Colorado Department of Education also requires two years of post-license teaching experience to apply for the Reading Teacher endorsement.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a reading and writing teacher. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

It is a privilege to work with teachers in the Reading Teaching endorsement program who are eager to create an inclusive and responsive literacy environment for students from a broad range of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and abilities.

— Lucinda Soltero-Gonzalez, Associate Professor

Lucinda Soltero-Gonzalez Assistant Professor

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting our Enrollment Team today.

Application Requirements

  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Resume/CV
  • $50 application fee
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program.
  • If applying for an endorsement, a copy of your teaching license is required.
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English language proficiency
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

Additional Requirements

We welcome applications from licensed individuals who have a strong interest in bringing hands-on literacy learning to their students. A teaching license is not required for this program; however, participants are required to have access to students. Each district has its own rules about granting permission to non-employees for working with their students.