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School of Teacher Education

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.

Professional Education Component (21 hrs. required)

Course Number

Course Title 

LTCY 519 

Foundations of Reading Instruction 

LTCY 520 

Clinical Diagnosis of Reading Variability 

LTCY 521 

Reading Intervention 

LTCY 524 

Content Area Literacy 

LTCY 527 

Literacy Learning & Cultural Differences 

LTCY 528 

Literacy Research Methods & Evaluation 

Specialization Components (3 hrs. total required)

Choose one of the following

Course Number

Course Title 

LTCY 523

Diagnostic Reading Procedures for Classroom Teachers

LTCY 624

Seminar in Literacy Issues and Trends (KRP)

LTCY 695

Internship in Literacy Supervision

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

ENG 596

Writing Project (3 of 6 Hours)

EXED 516

The Child with Exceptionalities: Perspectives & Issues

SEC 580


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

Thesis Option (6 hrs./Thesis Option Only)

Course Number

Course Title 

LTCY 599 


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

Course Number

Course Title 

LTCY 522

Investigations in Reading 

LTCY 624 


Seminar in Literacy Issues 


  • 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: 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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