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 Graduate College

Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Education (MAE)

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
618 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606

Head: Jill Uhlenberg, Head
Phone: (319) 273-7671

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Deborah Tidwell
Phone: (319) 273-2983

Read the UNI Catalog description:

This program 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 curricular areas.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

In addition to the university requirements for admission to graduate study, admission to this program includes the following requirements:

  1. Two recommendations from professional educators
  2. Satisfactory completion of writing examination.  Preference may be given to applications with academic background and/or professional experience in education.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made.

The degree program in this specialty area focus requires a minimum of 33 semester hours.

Students completing the thesis option are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination prepared and administered by the thesis committee. This comprehensive examination will normally accompany the thesis defense. Students on the thesis option must include 6 hours of LITED 6299 (230:299) Research on the program of study. Students completing the non-thesis option are required to complete

  1. The department graduate research requirement
  2. A performance-based and/or standard-based measure demonstrating student competency upon completion of the program.

The program may be extended by students wishing to complete any of the four State of Iowa licensure endorsements: K-8 Reading, Reading Specialist, English/Language Arts K-8, or Secondary Reading.

Required professional core and Curriculum and Instruction core (see Major in Curriculum and Instruction: Specialty Area Focus)


Specialty Area:

Literacy Education:


LITED 6238 (230:238)

Advanced Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy Development

LITED 6239 (230:239)

Advanced Literacy Studies

LITED 6240 (230:240)

Language Development and Variability

LITED 6245 (230:245)

Ideological, Cultural, and Sociopolitical Issues in Children's Literature

Literacy Education:

3 or 6

LITED 6299 (230:299)


Thesis Option (6 hours)

Non-thesis Option (3 hours)

Approved Electives:

0 or 3

Thesis Option (0 hours)

Non-thesis Option (3 hours)

Total hours