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Master of Science in Education in Literacy

Reading opens the doors to virtually unlimited worlds of knowledge and wonder. Monmouth University’s 30-credit Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Literacy gives you the power to help students learn to read. With a hybrid combination of both online and classroom learning (including evening and summer classes), supplemented by valuable clinical experience, Monmouth’s program is ideal and convenient for teachers who wish to further their career through this valuable skill set.

Based on standards established by the International Literacy Association, our graduate literacy program puts you on the path to New Jersey State Reading Specialist certification, prepared with a set of highly marketable skills. Three clinical classes and our strong relationships with regional school districts ensure that you will have ample opportunity to practice what you learn in the classroom under the close supervision of an experienced reading specialist. Our renowned Literacy Clinics attract nearly 200 professionals, and offer many students an opportunity to present their work. Plus, our faculty has experience working in schools in the capacity as a literacy coach or specialist.

Program Director & Faculty

Lilly Steiner

(732) 923-4691

Photo of Lilly Steiner, Ed.D.

Many Options to Make an Impact

As a teacher with a graduate degree in literacy, you will be able to teach literacy at all levels and change students’ lives for the better by becoming a basic skills teacher, literacy coach, or reading specialist.

Program Application Requirements

M.S.Ed. in Literacy


To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a satisfactory overall GPA per state requirements (see Web site for details) and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major.
  • Two letters of recommendation related to the applicant’s competence for this graduate program and professional work.
  • Essay (500 words or more) explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue this graduate program.
  • Teaching certification may be required based on program of study.

Certification Requirements:


Upon completion, you must provide documentation evidencing completion of two years successful teaching experience to be eligible for the endorsement.

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