The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Why Major in Literacy Education?

Our programs are grounded in the belief that literacy, which involves reading, writing, listening, speaking, and communicating, is fundamental to learning. As you pursue a graduate degree or certificate in Literacy Education, you will research, learn, and re-learn how to teach, read, and compose with print and digital tools. Our goal is to support the development of literacy professionals who value cultural and linguistic diversity, recognize the transformative nature of literacy teaching and learning, and are committed to creating more inclusive and diverse educational environments. You will also develop specialized knowledge in utilizing digital tools to provide innovative, 21st century learning experiences.

Whether you’re a current classroom teacher interested in becoming a literacy coach or you’re looking to develop deeper knowledge of pedagogical practices, our programs will give you the tools to become a creative, engaging, and successful professional. As you collaborate with colleagues to solve authentic problems of practice, you will develop comprehensive knowledge of foundational theories and current research related to P-12 classroom instruction. Because literacy is an essential component of social, economic, and cultural life in the 21st century, you will be positioned to provide transformative leadership for diverse learning communities.

The links below provide information and statistics on the importance of literacy for all learners and the growing need for professionals with specialized knowledge related to literacy teaching and learning.

US Senator Patty Murray on the Importance of Literacy Education for All Students

How Trained Literacy Coaches Can Improve Students’ Reading Comprehension

Facts about Literacy from The National Education Association

The US Illiteracy Rate Hasn’t Changed in 13 Years

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