Master of Arts in Education

The Literacy Education program offers a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Education. The Literacy Education specialty is designed to develop and extend the expertise of educators in both leadership and classroom positions who wish to specialize in the area of literacy education. Students examine theories, programs and practices in the teaching of literacy, the evaluation of literacy development, and the integration of literacy across curriculum areas. The graduate program requires 33 credits, with courses offered during the Fall and Spring semesters via distance learning (such as Adobe Connect). Summer sessions may involve some on-campus study. Programs are offered in cohort groups over a three-year time period. Courses are scheduled in the evening and at other times convenient for working professionals. The program may be extended by students wishing to complete any of the four State of Iowa licensure endorsements.

Applications for the fall 2019 cohort are now being accepted.



Application Requirements


The application process for the Literacy Education Master of Arts in Education includes:

-Online application for graduate study through the Graduate College.

-Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's professional work and/or academic work. These letters may be sent electronically to or via postal mail to:

Office of Admissions

University of Northern Iowa

002 Gilchrist Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018

-Completion of a Writing Examination. The Writing exam is a one-hour assessment of writing skills on general literacy and education issues. The exam can be given on campus or at a your location through a proctor. To set up a writing exam, contact Literacy Education at  (319)-273-2698.

-Transcripts of any previously completed coursework, including undergraduate and graduate level coursework. Forward to the Office of Admissions.


Literacy M.A.E. Video

Distance Education Information


PLEASE NOTE: Enrollment in Continuing Education courses does not automatically mean that you have been admitted to the master's program. You must complete the online application through the graduate program and be fully admitted to the Literacy Education master's program to participate in the MAE degree program.