Master of Science in Education - Literacy

In The Master of Science in Education Literacy program you’ll develop district and schoolwide literacy leadership skills including coaching, common core, curriculum development and more. The School of Education equips and inspires Christian servant leaders to pursue integrity and excellence in the delivery of educational services within professional and lifelong learning throughout the world.

Program Highlights

CUW’s MS in Literacy program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Learn from certified reading specialists with classroom experience
  • Work with elementary, middle and secondary students one-on-one and in small groups
  • Satisfy requirements to renew your Wisconsin teaching license
  • Qualify for Wisconsin Reading Teacher (WI DPI #1316) and Reading Specialist (WI DPI #5017) licensure
  • Use a portfolio-based assessment grounded in International Literacy Association (ILA) standards
  • Participate in an internship that fits your busy schedule
  • Program Director is a published Literacy author and a national and international presenter

Degree Details

Credit hours required: 30 (includes 18 credits for WI DPI #1316 license)

License Programs

The Graduate Literacy program is designed to help elementary, middle and high school teachers obtain these certifications:

  • Reading Teacher Certification-Wisconsin License #1316
  • Reading Specialist Certification-Wisconsin License #5017

Wisconsin administrative licenses (#5017) require the applicant to hold a valid Wisconsin professional educator license in teaching or pupil services.  Students seeking licensure in another state are responsible for checking with that state for licensing requirements, transfer processes or reciprocity agreements.

Learning Outcomes

In our literacy program you will:

  • Learn reading strategies you can immediately use in the classroom
  • Assess the reading strengths and needs of your students
  • Match literacy training to each child’s abilities
  • Create positive reading experience that create lifelong learners
  • Examine the link between speaking, listening, writing, and reading
  • Help all students become confident, skilled readers
  • Design, develop, implement, and evaluate K-12 reading programs

Financial Assistance

  • Federal Student Aid: Federal Student Loans are available to graduate students seeking degrees.  You may apply online at Concordia’s school code is 003842.
  • Preferred Educational Partners: Student’s whose school districts are Preferred Educational Partners receive a tuition reduction.  Please see for more information.
  • Christian Educator Discount: Grants are available to teachers in Christian Schools
  • Teach Grant: Students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary, secondary, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families may be eligible for a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant. 


Our Literacy program includes coursework in curriculum development, methods of reading instruction, and literature for children, view it here. See our full course catalog for more information.


The Master of Science - Literacy program is offered on our main campus, our various accelerated learning centers, and online.

Entrance Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full acceptance
  • For literacy licensure, a teaching license and 2 years of teaching experience.

Faculty Administration

Please contact our graduate admissions staff for more information about the program or find a location that is right for you.

Dr. Steven Witt

Kristen Braatz
Assistant Director

International students wishing to come to campus are currently not eligible for this program due to the ratio of online learning components required by the program.