Reading is the gateway to the world

Open up gateways to a lifetime of learning and opportunity by becoming a literacy leader. The graduate literacy program at Concordia is a flexible, relevant, and transformative program that will inspire you in your professional and personal pursuits.

Cost Per Credit$669
100% Online

This program is offered fully online to fit your busy lifestyle!


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Program Overview

Literacy is the foundation of learning and the gateway for an enriched life of learning. It is an important tool for self-understanding and expression. It is a true expression of humanity. However, today we are seeing great challenges in our education systems related to literacy. This program will empower you to address these challenges and help all students be at their best. Your faculty will bring a treasure trove of real life experience and cutting edge research to your classes. What’s more - this program seeks to guide you into a transformative educational experience that will open up new insights and a refreshed passion for your field.  Students can study with the schedule that fits them best, as we offer a variety of flexible options, including online.

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A Top-Ranked Program

Concordia University Wisconsin’s Literacy program is frequently ranked as one of the top-leading literacy programs in the nation. selected the program as one of the top Master's in Reading and Literacy Degree Programs for 2020. Erica Fagien, Director of Communications for said: "Our research found your degree programs to be ranked among the best across the country. This speaks to the amazing work that your faculty is doing, and demonstrates to over 100,000 of our monthly visitors that your programs provide top quality education that can help students achieve their career aspirations."

In 2019, Concordia University Wisconsin's online Master's in Reading and Literacy program was ranked the 36th best in the United States by Online Masters and was the lone Wisconsin school on the list.

Academic Community Partnership

Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Education has a reputation for helping public, private, charter, and other school systems meet the needs of their students in the most comprehensive way possible. This is not only an exclusive partnership; we simply believe in providing opportunities to increase teacher capacity, improve leadership development, and impact student success.

Benefits of the Academic Community Partnership include:

  • Partner with a local university that has an excellent academic and ethical reputation
  • We come to you – meet with our team to customize a program or professional development that fits each districts’ unique needs
  • Meet educational objectives and enhance faculty expertise with highly respected, fully accredited programs in a wide range of graduate degrees, licensure programs, and technology options
  • Face-to-face cohorts or diverse online programs to meet your busy schedule. We provide expert instructors and consultants and draw on research-based practices through our rigorous accredited programs
  • Professional development connected to university credit
  • Receive $450 per eligible graduate course or $150 per eligible adult accelerated course

Students who desire licensure in another state must contact their state department of education for details about whether or not this coursework will meet state requirements.  Students from outside of Wisconsin may earn the Master’s degree without teacher licensing.

What to Expect

By enrolling in this program you will be given a toolbox through which you can create lifelong learners and tailor literacy interventions to each child’s ability. You’ll gain insight into the link between speaking, listening, writing, and reading and be able to implement those nuanced insights as you design effective K-12 reading programs. Most of all, you’ll gain a great appreciation for the “big picture” surrounding literacy and feel inspired to make a positive difference in the lives of learners.

Graduate Literacy Program Pathways

What graduates say:
"I attended this program and felt very well-prepared for my role now, as a District Literacy Specialist. I continue to learn and grow, and I recommend your program to anyone who is even slightly interested in pursuing theses licenses." - January 21, 2020 - Cari McBurney, East Troy District Literacy Specialist

"Concordia has given me the opportunity to take graduate courses in a non-conventional platform. The accelerated program meets my needs as a professional, parent, and graduate student. The instructors are down to earth and really work hard to ensure that the courses are relevant to your needs.  I have taken face to face courses on the weekends, virtual classes, and hybrid classes. All are unique in thier own way. Having the option between those three have really given me the freedom to explore different ways of learning. I was very nervous at first about the virtual classes, as I am normally a face-to-face kind of student. But honestly, the instructors do everything in their power to help you be successful in the classes. I highly recommend any of these options. You may just surprise yourself!" - November 10, 2020 - Jennifer Lopez, Accelerated Literacy Student now enrolled in CUW's Educational Administrator Program

Licensure / Certifications
#1316 Reading Teacher License (Wisconsin) #5017 Reading Specialist (Wisconsin)

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