12 months
1055 USD/credit 31650 USD/year
1055 USD/credit 31650 USD/year
703 USD/credit 21090 USD/year
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Literacy Studies from Western Michigan University spans a variety of course topics relating to literacy, including: Reading, Writing, Related processes, Reading research, theory and practice, Relationship of assessment and instruction, Diversity and inclusion: English language learners and Professional development and organizations for teachers.


Literacy Studies from Western Michigan University provides a nationally recognized, standards-based comprehensive professional development program to meet the needs of today’s classrooms for continuous literacy instruction PK-12 based on current theory, research, and practices. 

Graduates with Literacy Studies from Western Michigan University will:

  • Be a reading specialist.
  • Be a literacy coach.
  • Engage in collegial dialogue and networking with other teachers in the greater West Michigan area.
  • Evaluate literacy initiatives and programs.
  • Be more effective within the classroom.
  • Experience personal and professional growth.
  • Meet state or district mandates.
  • Meet the requirements for state teacher certification.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Theory and Research in Reading and Literacy Instruction
  • Reading in the Content Areas 
  • Literacy Acquisition and Reading Instruction
  • Reading Assessment and Effective Instruction
  • Teaching Reading in a Diverse Society
  • Literacy Coaching 
  • Clinical Practice for Reading Specialists 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

On-going; students may be admitted for each semester.


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate College online application.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Teaching certificate and any endorsements.
  • Statement that summarizes your teaching philosophy, professional experiences and career goals (double spaced 1,000-1,500 words). 
  • Three email addresses for professional refences.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. 
  • An overall grade point average of at least a 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate work.  
  • Experience working in a professional setting.
  • A valid Michigan Teaching Certificate will be required for students seeking to obtain additional state endorsements, but not for the master's degree only.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Copy of passport identification page
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • Proof of sufficient funds for the first academic year of study at WMU according to estimated cost of attendance
  • This program requires three recommendations

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1055 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    31650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1055 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    21090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 703 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Kalamazoo

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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