MEd Curriculum Studies: Literacy Specialist

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Literacy Specialist PK-12 Concentration

The MEd-CS Literacy Specialist Concentration is offered as a partnership between the Curriculum Studies and Special Education Departments. The program prepares literacy specialists to ensure all students achieve their maximum potentials as readers, writers, listeners, speakers, and practitioners of 21st Century literacies (e.g., digital, media, visual, critical).

The program addresses both International Reading Association Standards for Reading Professionals: Reading Specialist/Literacy Coaches (ILA) and International Dyslexia Association Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (IDA).


CERTIFICATE: Completers of the 30-credit program are eligible to receive a Literacy Leader Graduate Certificate. 

ADD-A-FIELD: The program is also eligible to add the field, Literacy Specialist, to a Hawaiʻi teaching license..

Delivery Options

The Literacy Specialist program will be completely online, except for the orientation day during the first summer and a celebration day in the second summer. Students who are not on Oʻahu will receive up to $200 stipends to cover travel costs for both trips. Non-residents of Hawaiʻi may attend the celebration day online.


Cohorts begin annually during Summer semester. Each cohort will span two academic years, plus the preceding and following summers (i.e., Summer 1, Fall / Spring, Summer 2, Fall / Spring). MEd-CS core courses are usually taken the second Fall and Spring semesters.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (any field) or recognized non-US institution of higher education
  • Grade Point Average: 3.0
  • Adequate successful coursework and/or experience related to the concentration area selected
  • Student teaching, teaching, or experience designing and/or implementing curriculum in educational settings
  • 3 years of K-12 teaching experience by program start date
  • Access to groups of students needed to complete some applied projects
  • Orientation (Full day, 1st day of class)

Enrollment is competitive, so minimum requirements do not guarantee acceptance.


SPED 637 Topics & Issues in Reading Difficulties (3)

EDCS 647 Classroom and School Literacy Assessment (3) 

SPED 638 Fundamentals of Language & Literacy (3)

EDCS 605 Literacy Coaching and Leadership (3) 

SPED 639 Advanced Fundamentals of Language & Literacy (3)

EDCS 607 New Literacies Leadership (3)

Plus MEd-CS core courses (12 credits) and Plan A thesis or Plan B project

Literacy Leader Graduate Certificate

To receive both the MEd degree and graduate certificate, you will need to file a Concurrent Graduate Certificate Program Application Form after acceptance into the MEd program.

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