Begin the Next Chapter of Your Teaching Career
Earn your specialization in literacy and teach the next generation of readers.
Bethel University’s online Master of Education features three unique cognates (specialized areas of study designed for accelerated learning) for licensed teachers wishing to advance their careers. The online M.Ed. in Literacy is designed to help you assess student abilities in reading and writing, and use instructional strategies to enhance student learning in the language arts.
At Bethel, we offer a curriculum specifically designed to help you become a leader in your area of interest. The program teaches core skills necessary for your specialization, such as assessment and intervention, literature for children and adolescents, curriculum development, meeting the needs of diverse learners, and more.
Our seasoned faculty are dedicated to providing you with academic rigor and mentorship. With years of experience, they bring to the program both expertise and personal support, allowing you to successfully grow as an educator and person.
The fully online format of our master’s in literacy program allows you to fit your education around your needs as a working adult. Digital learning means you’ll study at times that are convenient for your schedule. Because we offer seven-week courses and six start dates per year, you also have the ability to begin, pause, or accelerate your degree at any time. The program can be successfully completed in as little as one year.
Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.
Begin Your Bethel Journey
Bethel’s online M.Ed. in Literacy features a unique curriculum designed to help you become an expert in your field. This program requires a total of 36 credit hours. Students must complete 18 credits in required education courses, 12 literacy courses and six credit hours in elective courses.
- EDUC 500: Introduction to Professional Development & Leadership (1)
- EDUC 521: Curriculum Development & School Improvement (3)
- EDUC 531: Effective Instruction & Assessment (3)
- EDUC 535: Mentoring & Supervision of Instruction (3)
- EDUC 541: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners (3)
- EDUC 555: Educational Research (3)
- EDUC 690: Professional Development & Leadership (Capstone) (2)
- EDLT 501: Folklore, Children’s & Adolescent Literature (4)
- EDLT 521: English Language Learning (4)
- EDLT 631: Writing Process (4)
- EDLT 641: Reading & Writing Difficulties: Assessment & Intervention (4)
*Students must choose an additional 6 credit hours in elective courses.
Admission RequirementsCandidates for Bethel’s online M.Ed. in reading and literacy will need to submit the following:
- Online graduate application
- Official transcripts
- A 300-word (or more) autobiography, including information about the candidate’s recent work in education, reason for seeking entry into the program, and significant events in his or her career. Candidates should define their character in terms of basic values, commitment to graduate studies, their philosophy and their worldview.
- An updated resumé
- Two letters of recommendation. Forms are sent electronically for candidates to share.
- A current, valid teaching license.**
Candidates must also schedule an interview prior to admission.
** If a candidate’s license is expired, he or she may renew during the course of study.
Tuition and Fees
Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges by Christian Universities Online, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for 15 consecutive years.
|What will my degree cost?|
|Total with Transfer Credits||$11,440|
|Full Program Tuition||$410 per credit hour||$14,760|
|Full Program Fees***||$185 assessment fee (full time student)||$555|
|Full Program Total||$15,315|
|Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 9)||$410 per credit hour||$11,070|
|Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 9)***||$185 assessment fee (full time student)||$370|
* Transfer graduate-level credit must be petitioned with department for approval.
*** Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.
The college has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.
Financial AidBethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.
A degree in literacy can help secure a number of rewarding positions in your specialty. Below are just a few. Career information taken from Payscale.com.
Reading specialists help elementary and middle school students develop reading skills. Working in either one or several schools, they may be responsible for collaborating with teachers to create lessons, researching literacy needs, diagnosing issues such as dyslexia, mentoring other reading coaches, and a variety of other tasks. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $50,464.
Adult literacy instructors work in remedial education, helping adults and adolescents who are not enrolled in school to improve their literacy skills. They are often responsible for preparing students for the GED test, evaluating student progress and helping facilitate improvement, maintaining student records, and a host of other duties. These individuals earn a median annual salary of $40,840.
Curriculum developers are responsible for creating academic material and developing instructional programs. Sometimes working in an expertise area (such as literacy), these individuals are responsible for creating syllabi and course content, identifying educational and technical needs of students, testing new educational materials, and a host of other tasks. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $59,742.
Learn more about this program and other online academic opportunities at Bethel. Once you complete this form, here’s what you can expect from us:
- A friendly phone call. We’ll contact you within 24 hours, ready to answer all of your questions.
- Personalized treatment. You’ll get immediate access to your own dedicated and knowledgeable enrollment counselor. They’ll ask you more about your goals at Bethel, and walk you through everything you need to know to apply.