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Literacy, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #701 (QS) , SC,
The purpose of a Master’s of Education in Literacy is to educate reading professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of reading theories, processes, strategies, curriculum, and research and who can use that knowledge to plan appropriate reading programs and curricula for a variety of contexts, and communicate information to a wide variety of audiences.


Graduates of the Master’s of Education in Literacy program will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of reading as the process of constructing meaning through the interaction of the reader’s existing knowledge, the information suggested by the written language, and the context of the reading situation.
  • Knowledge of the influence of cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds on the reading process and how to use what the reader brings to the reading experience.
  • An understanding of relationships among the language processes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Support for students in acquiring the ability to monitor comprehension and reading processes and apply appropriate strategies for a variety of purposes.
  • Knowledge of assessments that involve multiple indicators of learner progress.
  • Development of an environment that motivates students to pursue and respond to reading and writing for personal growth and development.
  • Classroom-based research in reading.
  • Expertise in sharing knowledge of reading research and instructional practices with peers

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Foundations of Reading and Writing
  • Children's Literature
  • Assessment in Reading and Writing
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Reading and Writing Instruction and Assessment for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Guided Reading and Guided Writing
  • Instructional Practicum: Differentiated Instruction for Literacy Learners
  • Content Area Reading and Writing
  • Organization, Administration, and Supervision in Literacy
  • Coaching for Literacy Education
  • Action Research in Coaching: Literacy Coaches as Agents of Change
  • Practicum in Literacy 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:


    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:


    Recommended Analytical Writing score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

    Competitive GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores (not required if the applicant has a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA)

General Requirements

  • Competitive GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores (not required if the applicant has a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all prior institutions from which a degree was awarded and from which transfer credit is desired (Official transcripts will be required if granted admission.)
  • Current résumé or vita *
  • Personal statement describing applicant’s goals and teaching philosophy
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17436 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8718 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    17436 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8718 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    8782 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4391 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Clemson

  • 1104 - 1930 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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