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Education: Literacy, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #262 (QS) , NJ,
The Ed.M. in Education: Literacy program from Rutgers University is designed for teachers working in literacy education at any grade level or for those who are interested in working in literacy education in contexts that do not require certification.


The Rutgers University Graduate School of Education is dedicated to the study and improvement of education. The creation of knowledge about teaching and learning is central to our mission. We seek to ensure that all children and adults have access to high quality educational programs. As such, our work addresses the cognitive, social, organizational, cultural, linguistic, developmental, and policy dimensions of education. Our instructional programs are designed to produce graduates who become effective educational practitioners, transformative educational leaders, and accomplished educational researchers. Our partnerships and service contributions focus on New Jersey but extend to both national and global communities. The Education: Literacy program is offered at Rutgers University.

The program is designed to encourage students to:

  • articulate their visions of themselves as teachers;
  • identify and critique the assumptions that undergird their vision;
  • become critically familiar with competing visions;
  • develop instructional strategies that will help them enact their visions; and
  • engage in the kind of reflective inquiry that is an essential characteristic of an effective teacher.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues of Diversity in Language and Literacy Learning
  • Courses in Literacy Education
  • Courses in Educational Foundations
  • Other courses under advisement

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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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).

General Requirements

  • The program requires 30 credits of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students are required to take at least 12 credits in literacy education and to situate their studies in literacy education within both related areas and educational foundations. In addition, students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.
  • Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29304 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14652 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    17232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8616 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for New Brunswick

  • 1204 - 2970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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