Master of Education

All-in price:
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Application due date for January 9, 2023 term:
January 6
Estimated time to completion:
16 Months
All-in price:
View Tuition Details
Application due date for January 9, 2023 term:
January 6
Estimated time to completion:
16 Months

Help students go from being lost in a book to getting lost in a book.

At any age, reading skills take a student far beyond the page. Literacy forms a foundation that lasts a lifetime. With a PreK-12 focus, this program will help you develop supportive curriculum to meet reading milestones and bring systemic change to enhance reading instruction. Through research, you’ll learn to develop age-appropriate instructional options for emerging, struggling, and advanced readers.

in the nation for most Master's degrees awarded in Literacy*.

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How you'll get there.

  1. You’ll take eleven courses (most students take one at a time) that center around literacy. In your coursework, you’ll learn best practices for literacy development for diverse PreK-12 students, including literacy for exceptional learners, intervention strategies for reading difficulties, and strategies to enhance fluency and comprehension. You’ll also take one class in research methods. Each course is five weeks long.
  2. At the end of the program, you’ll complete a capstone course to demonstrate and document the impact of the knowledge you’ve gained throughout the program.

What you can expect along the way.

  • Quality instruction ACE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and we’re the #4 nationwide conferrer of master's degrees in education.*
  • Flexible class format Our asynchronous online classes enable you to plan your coursework around your life. Each course is 5 weeks long with outlined expectations each week.
  • Relevant coursework Our classes teach practical and immediately applicable skills. What you learn at ACE today can be immediately applied in your classroom tomorrow.
  • Comprehensive approach In addition to the direct impact you’ll have on students, you’ll also study how to provide professional development at the school and district level to help other teachers enhance reading instruction.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

31 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,240 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost1


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Meet your department chair.

Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D.

Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D.

Chair, Teaching and Learning,
Department of Teaching and Learning

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A degree you can count on.

American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.


M.Ed. in Literacy

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 31 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Literacy Courses  (28 semester credits)

3 semester credits
This course prepares students to implement a schoolwide leadership initiative to improve a comprehensive range of literacy skills. Specific principles and theories of reading instruction are evaluated in relation to currently employed practice so teachers can immediately strengthen instruction. Students examine the scientific research base underlying different models of reading instruction. Special attention is given to curriculum mapping, alignment, and the development of an implementation plan to strengthen literacy.
3 semester credits
New global curriculum standards support students becoming functionally literate not only with text, but also with graphics and images provided through multimedia. This course examines the value of balancing traditional and emerging instructional strategies for moving literacy past printed text and into the multimedia age. Online resources, mobile devices, instant communication, and state/federal accountability pressures require schools and organizations to realize the importance of affective learning as it relates to culturally and socially influencing emotions or feelings to enhance achievement.
3 semester credits
This course integrates literature and literacy applications for developing communications skills across disciplines. Specific examples from secondary classrooms explore the paradigm shift to rigorous and relevant study of real-world applications to prepare students to use language effectively, developing an appreciation for the world beyond the classroom as found in writings and through the use of other literacies in relation to significant historical events and global perspectives. Principles and methods of inquiry to foster critical and creative thinking are utilized to examine methods for introducing core ideas which have shaped understanding from past eras to present day.
3 semester credits
This course examines issues related to integrating communication skills to enhance fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension in a variety of text structures and literacies across content areas. Utilizing core concepts, reading skills will be used to build connections between and beyond disciplines of thought, extending into real-world applications. A range of instructional strategies for assessment, intervention, and enrichment will be evaluated as to their effectiveness for supporting engagement and motivation for use in modes of language. Key dimensions for the development of differentiated instruction will promote blending of resources from the school environment, community and abroad, including the use of technology.
3 semester credits
This course examines the use of language and modes of communications through content specific examples of literacy in context, promoting connectedness in and across the disciplines, focusing on the transferrable skills of analyzing, determining and developing, researching and creating, and classifying and generalizing. Utilizing content-specific illustrations, learners examine major components of effective reading to support conceptualization of knowledge in real-life application infusing learning with rigor and relevance. Prioritizing essential elements of thought characterized in a discipline, learners connect prior knowledge to authentic assessment options.
3 semester credits
This course focuses on ways to integrate linguistic understanding into the genres of literature by blending skills and content to deliver an enhanced learning experience based upon relevancy. Skills are scaffold to support comprehension through application of theoretical models in practice. By integrating linguistics in literature, teachers learn to build lessons with depth of thought.
3 semester credits
Exploring the impact of 21st century skills on traditional literacies, this course disseminates characteristics of the new literacies including visual, digital, critical, economic, and scientific as they influence sustainable learning in content areas while instruction shifts to accommodate these differences. By building connections and layering curriculum, this course probes effective frameworks to deliver a range of instructional options to brand the cognitive and affective domains.
3 semester credits
Supporting the needs of all students requires understanding the range of unique issues facing those with identified exceptionalities. This course investigates the causes and their impact on student learning in relation to effective research-based strategies.
3 semester credits
This course examines assessment approaches for diagnosing reading needs and methods for identifying, prescribing, and evaluating intervention plans based upon specific data. An embedded field experience targets developmental and age-appropriate instructional strategies to support struggling readers across diverse populations.
1 semester credit
The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout, and as a result of the Master of Education in Literacy.

Research Courses  (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits
This course enables students to become informed consumers of research and to develop skills to prepare them to carry out action research in their professional organizations. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. The course places action research within the context of various types of research and examines research in terms of basic concepts and various purposes, methods, data, and paradigms. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for professional practice.

Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Literacy

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.50 on a 4.00 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 on a 4.00 Scale for Provisional Admission
  • Applicants must acknowledge they have access to the educational settings for completion of course assignments throughout the program 
  • Applicants must achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their program

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours or program pathway credit hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program or program pathway credit hours, receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

For English as a second language applicant information, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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