Literacy Education, Master of Arts in Education (044)


Program Coordinator

Nancy F. Hulan,, (270) 745-4324

The Master of Arts in Education - Literacy Education is tailored to upgrade literacy instruction at all grade levels and is open to teachers in regular classrooms, special education classrooms, special reading classes, basic adult education classes, and community college reading instructors. Thesis and non-thesis options are available to students. Students in the non-thesis option complete a comprehensive literacy project.


  • Reading P-12 (KRE)

Program Admission

Admission to the Literacy Education program requires:

  1. GRE scores (converted with undergraduate GPA to a GAP score) or Alternate Portfolio:
    1. Scores after October 1, 2002 but prior to August 2011: required GAP score based on the GRE is 2300 [GAP = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) x Undergraduate GPA]. Applicants must also achieve an Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher. Students who took the GRE prior to October 1, 2002 must have a GAP score of 3500 or higher.
    2. Scores August 2011 and after: minimum GAP score of 578 or higher [GAP = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) + (Undergraduate GPA x 100)], with a minimum verbal and quantitative score of 139 each. Applicants must also achieve an Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher.
    3. Applicants with a GAP score lower than required for admission and with at least a 3.5 Analytical Writing score may contact a member of the literacy faculty for information on documentation required under the alternate admissions policy of the program area.
    4. Applicants with teaching degrees from an accredited university and a 3.5 undergraduate GPA or higher have the option to submit an alternate portfolio in lieu of GRE scores. Alternate Portfolios must include the following and will be submitted to Literacy Program representative and reviewed by Literacy graduate faculty:
      1. An introductory letter explaining your interest in and intention to pursue the MAE in Literacy Education (if there are questionable areas in your transcript or work samples, explain them here)
      2. At least two letters of recommendation from professors, cooperating teachers with whom you have worked, or others who can accurately share information about your teaching, course work, or character
      3. Two or three work samples demonstrating your experience in education, which can include any of the following:
        1. Your critical performance piece from LTCY 420 and LTCY 421 or an equivalent course
        2. Copies of lesson plans (specific to reading/writing/language arts) with post-teaching assessment pieces and reflections
        3. Leadership project materials from your student teaching experience
  2. Submit a current teaching certificate or Statement of Eligibility valid for classroom teaching for IECE, Birth to Primary; Elementary Education, P-5; Middle Grades Education, 5-9; Secondary Education, 8- 12, 5-12, or P-12; or Special Education, P-12 when applying to the MAE: Literacy Education program.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30 hours)

Required Courses
Professional Education Component
LTCY 519Foundations Reading Instruction3
LTCY 520Clinical Diagnosis of Reading Variability3
LTCY 521Reading Intervention3
LTCY 524Content Area Literacy3
LTCY 527Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences3
LTCY 528Literacy Research Methods and Evaluation3
Specialization Component
LTCY 515Socio-Cognitive Theories of Comprehension3
or LTCY 523 Diagnostic Reading Procedures for Classroom Teachers
or LTCY 624 Seminar in Literacy Issues and Trends
or LTCY 695 Internship in Literacy Supervision
Select one from the following:3
Advanced Educational Psychology
Psychology of Learning
Psychological Perspectives on Classroom Behavior
Behavior Problems of Childhood and Adolescence
Organization of Elementary School Curriculum
Middle Grades Curriculum
The Exceptional Child: Perspectives and Issues
Special Topics in English
Advanced Children's Literature
Thematic Approach to Young Adult Literature
Curriculum/Methods in Early Childhood Special Education
Psychology of the Gifted and Creative
Curriculum, Strategies, and Materials for Gifted Students
Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option
Select one of the following options:6
Thesis Research and Writing
Non-Thesis Option:
Investigations in Reading
and Seminar in Literacy Issues and Trends
Total Hours30

Hours above 30 may count toward Rank I. To be recommended for the Reading P-12 Endorsement, one must submit a qualifying score on the PRAXIS II exam for Reading P-12. For current PRAXIS II information and exam codes, please consult the Kentucky page of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website,