Language and Literacy Master's Program
Special Offer for Public School Teachers
Wheelock partners with Boston Public Schools and Brookline Public Schools to offer our Reading Specialist Master's program to their teachers at a discounted tuition rate, plus other benefits.
Wheelock's Language and Literacy master's program prepares students to develop graduate level expertise and leadership skills in reading and language learning.
Master of Science in Language and Literacy Studies (31 credits)
Students in Wheelock's Language and Literacy master's program develop graduate level expertise and leadership skills in reading and language learning. At the center of our program is a commitment to working with children from multilingual communities and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Our department has a commitment to equip teachers to work more effectively with children of color, children who are English language learners, and children with language-based learning disabilities.
The Language and Literacy Studies Program develops expertise in supporting language acquisition, second language learning, and reading development, areas that are critical for children's overall academic success. Our courses on teaching English Learners offer a mix of practical teaching strategies and deeper understandings of language, culture, and literacy processes.
Students in the Language & Literacy Studies program have strong commitments to and interests in teaching and supporting children and families in multilingual communities, bilingual or dual-language programs, English Language Learners in the classroom and in small groups, international teaching, and social justice and advocacy work in urban schools, the local community, or at the state level.
Initial to Professional Licensure
Teachers with an initial teaching license in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, or Moderate Disabilities may use selected courses within Language and Literacy Studies to meet the Massachusetts coursework requirements for advancing a first initial license to professional licensure.
Select Your Professional Focus
Students pursuing a Master of Science in Language and Literacy can choose to focus on teaching English Language Learners or focus on teaching reading to linguistically diverse readers.
• Focus in Working in Multilingual Communities with English Language Learners
Master of Science in Language and Literacy Plus Graduate Certificate in ELL/ESL
Students may choose a course sequence focused on English as a Second Language (ESL) that addresses factors in second language acquisition and the instructional supports for children who speak a home language other than English. This sequence, combined with a 150-hour, school-based ESL internship and successful passage of required ESL MTEL test, can enable qualified students to add a Massachusetts ESL license.
• Focus in Reading, Writing, and Assessment in Multilingual Communities
Master of Science in Language and Literacy Plus Graduate Certificate in Reading
Students who select a reading focus within Language and Literacy Studies learn to assess children's reading and language strengths and needs, evaluate multicultural children's literature, and apply multisensory approaches to reading intervention. An additional optional course adds a Graduate Certificate in ELL/ESL.
Students who have the goal of eventually becoming a reading specialist can complete selected courses with the Language and Literacy Studies program and then return for the Licensure Completion Option: Teacher of Reading. Students following this option return after graduation and complete a 150-hour spring reading specialist practicum and capstone and prepare for the Reading Specialist MTEL. This option leads to licensure as a Reading Specialist preK-12.
Career Opportunities for Language and Literacy Specialists
Alumni of the Language and Literacy master's and our Teacher of Reading master's program work as reading specialists, literacy coaches, teaching team leaders, ESL teachers here and abroad, generalist classroom teachers, and reading tutors in private practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I begin this program in any semester?
You may begin in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
Do I need to be a full-time student?
No. Most students complete their program part-time over two years.
Do I have to interview for admission to these programs?
No. But informational interviews can be helpful. To schedule an interview with a faculty member, email the Office of Graduate Admissions at email@example.com.
Do I need prior teaching experience to qualify for admission to this program?
No. The Language and Literacy Studies master's program does not require teaching experience, but students need to have completed a bachelor's degree with an arts and sciences or education focus, and demonstrate a focused interest in literacy education. Some students begin graduate work in Language and Literacy Studies and transfer into the Teacher of Reading program once they have completed a year of teaching experience.
Will I be able to use my current job as a placement opportunity?
Faculty can offer guidance about other placements that accompany Language and Literacy courses.