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Literacy Education


M.A.E. in Literacy Education

The Literacy Program is a 36 hour program that promotes lifelong learning through reading and writing for pleasure and function for every man, woman, and child. Graduates from this program are prepared to work in a changing, multicultural world in leadership roles in educational programs and institutions, and private and corporate sectors. The Literacy faculty believes learning is an active process in which students construct, test, and act upon their own understandings. The Literacy Program is committed to providing lifelong learning for both faculty and students by promoting courses of study that involve students and faculty in academic peer relationships that stress shared responsibility for learning and for the discovery of new knowledge. The Literacy faculty is committed to research, scholarship, and creative work that results in superior teaching and service to the community and to the professions.

Program Requirements

The MAE in Literacy Education is a 36 hour program, with a thesis and non-thesis option available. The program is offered online.

Professional Education Component (21 hrs. required)

Course Number Course Title  Semester Offered 
LTCY 518 Literacy Education and Technology  Winter Term Only 
LTCY 519  Foundations of Reading Instruction  Every Semester 
LTCY 520  Clinical Diagnosis of Reading Variability  Fall Only (Mondays 5:00-7:45 CST)
LTCY 521  Reading Intervention  Spring Only (Mondays 5:00-7:45 CST)
LTCY 524  Content Area Literacy  Fall Only 
LTCY 527  Literacy Learning & Cultural Differences  Summer Only 
LTCY 528  Literacy Research Methods & Evaluation  Spring Only 

Specialization Components (3 hrs. total required)

Choose one of the following (3 hours)

Course Number Course Title  Semester Offered 
LTCY 523 Diagnostic Reading Procedures for Classroom Teachers Spring Only
LTCY 624 Seminar in Literacy Issues and Trends (KRP) Summer and throughout the school year (face-to-face)
LTCY 695 Internship in Literacy Supervision As needed

Restricted Electives: Choose one of the following (3 hours)

Course Number Course Title 
PSY 510 Advanced Education Psychology
PSY 511 Psychology of Learning
PSY 519 Psychological Perspectives on Classroom Behavior
PSY 540 Behavioral Problems of Childhood and Adolescence
ELED 503 Organization of Elementary School Curriculum
MGE 571 Middle School Curriculum
EXED 516 The Child with Exceptionalities: Perspectives & Issues
SEC 580 Curriculum
ENG 596 Writing Project (3 of 6 Hours)
LME 518 Advanced Children's Literature
LME 527 Literature for Young Adults
EXED 523 Curriculum/Methods in Early Childhood Special Education
IECE 591 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Research Tool (3 hrs. required)

Course Number Course Title  Semester Offered 
EDFN 500  Research Methods  Fall/Spring/Summer 

Thesis Option (6 hrs./Thesis Option Only)

Course Number Course Title  Semester Offered 
LTCY 599  Thesis  As Needed 

Non-Thesis Option (6 hrs./Non-Thesis Option)

Course Number Course Title  Semester Offered 
LTCY 522 Investigations in Reading  Fall Only 
LTCY 624 
(non‐thesis option) 
Seminar in Literacy Issues  Spring Only 


  • Students in the MAE in Literacy Education Program select either a Thesis or Non-Thesis (Comprehensive Literacy Project) as a capstone experience in their program of study. The Thesis presentation and defense and the Comprehensive Literacy Project (CLP) presentation and subsequent oral discussion/questioning serve to replace traditional Comprehensive Exams (Comps).
  • By Graduate Council policy all requirements for this program must be completed within six years from the date the first course was taken.
  • Please also see the M.A.E. - Literacy Education Graduate Student Checklist


Potential first-time graduate students must apply online for graduate admissions. Please note that students need to provide accompanying materials (e.g. official transcripts, GRE scores TOEFL etc.). ALL graduate students applying for admission to programs (Summer 2007 and later) must be admitted (either to the program or as interim non-degree students) PRIOR to enrollment in any graduate classes. As a result, we either need to receive departmental admission decisions as quickly as possible, or ask students to change their admission category to interim non-degree. The administrative procedure of allowing students to take one semester of credits, without being admitted, is no longer possible.

Students with incomplete admission files can be admitted as interim non-degree students and register for one semester of credits. The change is that these students MUST now be admitted as non-degree seeking students in order to register. Please keep in mind that any non-degree graduate student continues to be ineligible for any type of financial aid or GA assignment.  Graduate students who wish to take classes without seeking admission to a graduate program may still do so as regular non-degree students. Regular non-degree seekers are in a different admissions category than students missing application materials who are admitted as interim non-degree.

From the WKU Graduate Catalog: The total number of credits master’s and specialist degree students may apply to their degree program from credits earned prior to admission to the program (courses taken during the senior semester, unclassified status courses, transfer courses, previous master’s courses, previous certificate courses) may not exceed twelve (12) hours.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.A.E. in Literacy Education must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing (Applicants from non-accredited institutions see below).
  • An adequate preparation in the field of specialization.
  • GRE scores with minimum Verbal and Quantitative Score of 139 each (see below for details)
  • Minimum GAP score (see below for details)
  • 3.5 minimum GRE Analytical Writing Score
  • Application and Fee: Students seeking a graduate degree must apply online through the Office of Graduate Studies with an Application for Admission (Form A). There is a one-time application free of $40.00 (non-refundable).
  • Transcript Record: Graduates of accredited institutions other than Western Kentucky University must submit an official transcript showing the completed degree to the Office of Graduate Studies. Applicants who have not completed the undergraduate degree are required to submit one official transcript at the time of application and one official transcript showing the degree is completed.
  • Teacher Certification: All students applying to the M.A.E. in Literacy Education must hold teacher certification or have a statement of eligibility.
  • An alternate admission option exists for students who do not take the GRE or who do not meet the above GRE requirements.  Please see: and review this document for requirements and procedures.

Standardized Examination Scores

All degree-seeking students must submit appropriate standardized test scores regardless of their undergraduate grade point average. Standardized test scores must be received by the Office of Graduate Studies prior to admission. The admission decision will be based upon both the transcript grade point average and the test score. Registration materials for the GRE are available by logging on to

GAP Score: Admission decisions are based upon both the undergraduate grade point average and the GRE General Test score. The GAP score is the product of the GRE score x the overall undergraduate grade point average. For example, a GRE score of 1200 and a grade average of 2.75/4.0 would produce a GAP score of 3300. Since GAP is a product of both GRE and grade point average, both the GRE and transcript record are essential for making an admission decision. GAP score requirements for general admission to Graduate Studies (individual degree programs may be higher) are as follows:

GAP Requirement Based on Test Date

  • 3500 on or before 9/30/2002
  • 2300 on or after 10/1/2002
  • 578 after August 2011

Department Contact Information

Program Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hulan (


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 Last Modified 10/3/16