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M.A.E. in Literacy Education

The Literacy Masters of Education is a 30-hour online program that provides opportunities for students to develop their knowledge and skills in literacy instruction, assessment, and leadership. Graduates from this program are prepared to work in a diverse and dynamic world in leadership roles in public schools, educational programs and institutions, and private and corporate sectors. The Literacy faculty is committed to promoting social justice in the classroom, advocating for the professionalism of teachers, and high standards and rigor for all students. Graduates of the Literacy MAE have the option to take the Praxis 5204 exam upon completion of coursework, toward the Endorsement in Reading. The Literacy faculty is committed to action research, teaching, and service to the community and to the profession.

Program Requirements

The MAE in Literacy Education is a 30-hour program, with capstone experiences of thesis or non-thesis options available. The program is offered online, with the option to attend two courses on campus through service at the WKU Literacy Clinic.

Required Courses  
Professional Education Component  
LTCY 519 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
LTCY 520 Clinical Diagnosis of Reading Variability 3
LTCY 521 Reading Intervention 3
LTCY 524 Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy 3
LTCY 527 Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences 3
LTCY 528 Literacy Research Methods and Evaluation 3
Specialization Component, Select one of the following: 3
Diagnostic Reading Procedures for Classroom Teachers  
Seminar in Literacy Issues and Trends  
Special Topics in English  
Practicum for Literacy Professionals  
Socio-Cognitive Theories of Comprehension  
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  
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 Hours 30

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, www.ets.org/praxis/ky/requirements.


  • Students in the MAE in Literacy Education Program select either a Thesis or Non-Thesis (Comprehensive exams or Portfolio) as a capstone experience in their program of study.
  • By Graduate Council policy all requirements for this program must be completed within six years from the date the first course was taken.
  • The Non-Thesis Option involves completion of a portfolio or comprehensive exams based upon all coursework completed in the MAE.
  • Upon successful completion of the Literacy MAE, graduates are eligible to take the Praxis II assessment, 5204, for the endorsement in Teaching Reading.


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: http://www.wku.edu/cebs/programs/graduate/policies/alternate_admission.php 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 http://www.gre.org.

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 a 578 or higher (test must have been taken after 2011).

Department Contact Information

Program Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hulan (nancy.hulan@wku.edu)


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 Last Modified 2/21/19