To gain admission to the Master of Education in Literacy Studies program, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree with from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a lower undergraduate grade point average may be reviewed for admission by program faculty. Successful candidates will have obtained their Initial Educator Licensure and have at least one year of teaching experience (PK-12). 

Additionally, students will be required to submit a portfolio of materials including the following:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended
  • A one page personal statement (400-500 words) describing the applicant’s teaching philosophy
  • Copy of initial teaching certification
  • Professional resume (demonstrating completion of at least one year teaching in a PK-12 classroom)
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (one letter of recommendation must be from the applicant’s principal/assistant principal) 
Admission documents may be submitted electronically and should be sent to If you have questions, please feel free to call 843.857.4139.