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The Literacy Education MAE is created to help teachers improve their literacy instruction at all grade levels and to gain leadership skills and knowledge to build and sustain successful literacy programs in schools and other settings. This is a 30-hour online degree program.

Program Admission:

Students who seek advanced teacher certification must hold teaching certification.

Students may complete this program without teacher certification if they intend to pursue employment in a setting where teacher certification is not required. This program does not provide initial teacher certification.

  1. Baccalaureate degree or higher, or equivalent international degree, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or greater on baccalaureate degree or equivalent international degree or minimum GPA of 3.0 on a degree higher than a baccalaureate or equivalent international degree.
  3. Evidence of English proficiency (international students only)

All courses are offered online. The following courses and one elective course are required for the Literacy Education MAE.

LTCY 519: Literacy Development and Instruction

Investigation into the development of reading and writing in young children, instructional strategies for emergent and developing literacy including practices related to phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, invented spelling, writing traits, process and development.

LTCY 524: Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy

Reading and study skills strategies and techniques to increase student achievement in content-area classes. Discussion of disciplinary literacy in various fields will also be addressed.

LTCY 523: Assessment and Intervention of Reading and Writing

Emphasizes practical methods of reading and writing appraisal, diagnostic procedures, and materials essential for developing teaching strategies in reading instruction for P-12 learners.

LTCY 527: Diversity and Equity in Literacy Education

Introduction to social factors, cultural factors, and aspects of language that affect teaching and learning of literacy, particularly in reading, writing, and the language arts; application of multicultural perspectives and culturally responsive instruction to curriculum development and classroom literacy practices.

LTCY 530: Literacy Development for Multilingual Learners

In the context of first and second language development across the lifespan, this course focuses on the acquisition of literacy by young children, examines best practices in the teaching of literacy in both elementary and secondary settings, and offers a deep investigation into the relationship between language and literacy acquisition.

LTCY 520: Clinical Diagnosis of Reading Variability**

The nature and causes of reading disabilities and investigation of general and specific principles and approaches to diagnosis. Actual case studies using both group and individual tests in diagnosis.

LTCY 532: Literacy Leadership and Coaching

A course intended for advanced literacy professionals to learn best practices for providing professional learning opportunities in the workplace, developing professional learning communities, leading in school-wide literacy development, and developing the skills of peers and experienced colleagues in the field of literacy.

LTCY 521: Reading Intervention**

Instructional techniques for use with individuals or groups involved in remedial reading instruction; materials and procedures; clinical experiences with remedial students.

LTCY 695: Practicum for Literacy Professionals

In-depth practice in the literacy coaching of colleagues in the education profession.

** In LTCY 520 and LTCY 521 you tutor a striving reader in conjunction with the course. Class meets on Zoom on Monday nights.

The Kentucky P-12 Professional Educator Rate. The educator rate is a special tuition rate for Kentucky teachers in specific master degree programs. It is $350 per credit hour for online courses. More information, including a list of eligible programs, can be found here.


Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.

Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.

Eligibility for On Demand Courses

On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an Independent Learning Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.

Veterans and Active Military

All college courses offered by WKU Independent Learning have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.

Department Contact

Dr. Nancy Hulan
Phone: (270) 745-4324
Email: nancy.hulan@wku.edu

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate  

For more information about the program, fill out the form below.

Did you know?  The Kentucky P-12 Professional Educator Rate is a special tuition rate for Kentucky teachers in specific master degree programs. It is $395 per credit hour. Click here to learn more!

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 Last Modified 8/20/20