Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies

Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies
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The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies is fully online and focuses on reading, writing, and speaking as language processes.  A M.Ed LSLS degree will train you in the strategies needed to devise the tailored curriculum, interventions, and assessments for your students.  Our program takes students on a journey to broaden and deepen their understanding of the social, cultural, linguistic and institutional factors that contribute to a learner’s ability to use reading, writing, and speaking in their first or second language.  Our program is practitioner-based and students are paired with a faculty mentor throughout their program tenure.

The M.Ed program and Endorsement Graduate Certificates in Literacy and Second Language Studies importantly offers students flexibility in selecting the disciplinary concentration that applies most directly to his/her individual educational and professional goals.

M.Ed Literacy & Second Language Studies Program Highlights:

  • 100% online: No campus visits are required and the program’s fully online format enables students to complete all degree requirements remotely.
  • Employment opportunities: Specialized practica provide students with critical hands-on instructional experiences necessary to be competitive in the job market.
  • Ranking: The University of Cincinnati’s online programs consistently rank among the nation’s very best by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) passing rates between 2021 and 2022:
    Literacy/Reading Endorsement:  90% 
    TESOL/ESL Endorsement: 94% 



Interested in the program, but want to know a little more about what you’ll learn? Check out our webinar below, featuring our faculty and enrollment services team.

In addition to your faculty mentor, every student enrolled online is assigned a dedicated Academic Advisor as well as a Student Success Coordinator that provides one-on-one support. They are your on-campus partners who can help you manage your time and ensure you’re meeting degree requirements to get you to graduation.

LSLS Graduate Program Concentrations:

You can narrow your coursework to one of the following areas of concentration to tailor your educational experience.

  • PreK-16 Literacy and Learning Instruction: This concentration is for those who want to teach reading and basic writing skills within literacy programs.  This concentration will help advance your career in reading instruction by preparing you to help students overcome challenges in reading and writing.  You can learn how to help students of all ages succeed, as well as how to make yourself a better educator.
  • PreK-12 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Focus: This concentration can also be completed as a graduate certification that will provide teachers a deeper understanding of the effective methods to teach English Language Learners (ELLs); English as an additional language (EAL); English language acquisition (ELA) in the U.S.
  • International/ Adult Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Focus: This concentration will provide teachers with a deeper understanding of the effective methods to teach English as a second language (ESL); Teaching English as a foreign language (EFL); English language acquisition (ELA) aboard and in the U.S.
  • Endorsement Graduate Certificate Programs: We also offer courses that include PreK-12 Reading Instruction and PreK-12  Teaching English to Speakers  of Other Languages that  will allow you to further explore this area of study.


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