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K-12 Literacy Specialist

Saginaw Valley State University

12 months
22438 USD/year
22438 USD/year
11924 USD/year
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Literacy is critical to all of our lives. The need for qualified reading specialists is urgent. This is why Saginaw Valley State University  designed its K-12 Literacy Specialist Literacy program for those looking to make an impact now-in their schools, their districts and their communities. 


All of our courses integrate theory with real-world application, allowing you to deepen your understanding of research and best practices, while simultaneously implementing these practices in your classroom and school. There are no hypotheticals here- you will be empowered to use what you have learned in your courses to solve challenges and impact students’ lives in real time. If you are ready to answer the call, to help end the literacy crisis, Saginaw Valley State University  is ready for you. 

Student Learning Outcomes

The Literacy Specialist program is designed for elementary or middle/secondary candidates who have initial certification and want to become more effective teachers of literacy in their own classrooms or who aspire to a position as a Literacy/Reading Specialist. To be certified as a K-12 Literacy Specialist in Michigan a candidate must complete a master’s degree in a state-approved preparation program and successfully pass the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) for Reading Specialists. SVSU’s program is state-approved.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Educational Learning Theory 
  •  Foundations of Teacher Education 
  •  Methods in Elementary Reading Instruction 
  •  Teaching Writing 
  •  Leadership in Literacy
  •  Language/Culture in Literacy 
  •  Research in Literacy 
  •  Methods in Secondary Reading Instruction
  •  Reading in the Content Areas 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts from any college or university where college credit was earned (original signed/stamped transcripts)
  • A copy of most recent teaching certificate or departmental approval. If you need to obtain a copy of your (current or expired) teaching certificate to submit with your application, you may retrieve a copy though the Michigan Department of Education Certification site.
  • A current résumé
  • A one-page statement of accomplishments and academic goals
  • Two letters of professional reference
  • Evidence of financial support (original signed/stamped bank statement)
  • A demonstrated knowledge of personal computer usage and application. Knowledge of programming is desirable, but not a requirement for admission. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate competence in English.

Tuition Fee

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    22438 USD/year
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    22438 USD/year
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  • In-State

    11924 USD/year
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Living costs for Michigan City

978 - 1583 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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