Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction - Teacher Education

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Frequently Asked Questions

What transcripts do I need to submit for my application?

You need to submit all degree granting transcripts except MSU. You also will need to submit any transcripts that contain courses you would like your advisor to review for possible transfer into your masters program

Are there any test scores required, such as MAT or GRE?

No test scores are required for the Masters in Literacy Instruction

Are there any special application materials required from International students?

Yes. All international students must submit proof of financial backing and TOEFL scores.

Do TOEFL scores expire?

Yes, TOEFL scores are good for 5 years from the testing date. You must be accepted to the program and actively start courses before the TOEFL scores expire.

How long should the goal statement be?

The goal statement should be approximately 2 pages long and include information on your academic and teaching history, plans, and goals. This should include how the Literacy Instruction fits into your goals and assists you in meeting your goals.

How long will it take to complete the degree?

The answer to this question will, of course, vary. MSU interns who are bringing 9 approved credits from their Teacher Certification Internship Year can complete the Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction in as little one calendar year, or four semesters. Students completing all 30 credits may expect to take 2 academic years to complete the program. All requirements for the Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction must be met within 5 years.

What happens to my application once I have submitted all materials? How long will it take for me to hear what decision has been made regarding my application?

We review applications as soon as all materials are received. The process varies but every effort is made to insure timely processing of your application. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for the semester they intend to start the program, however, late applications may be considered as long as space in the program and time for processing remain.

What courses might transfer into the Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction program?

For students who were not in the MSU Internship program, a maximum of 10 credits from a Combination of MSU Lifelong Education courses, MSU Graduate Certification Courses, and courses from another university may be considered by the student's advisor for application to the Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction program requirements.

Former MSU Interns: Interns who completed the Teacher Certification Internship Year 2004-2005 or earlier may bring in 12 credits from their previous program (TE 801, TE 802, TE 803, TE 804). Interns who completed the Teacher Certification Internship Year 2005-2006 or later may bring in 9 credits (TE 801, TE 802, TE 804). For more information about transfer credit options, please see the document Transfer Credit: Recent Policy Changes.

What happens if I need an extension?

1 year or single-semester extensions of time to complete the program are possible.

Requests for longer extensions are sometimes possible, but a strong rationale for additional extended time must be submitted for consideration. For more information about the extension request process, please consult with Paul Kurf, Program Advisor.

Extension requests are reviewed by the Dean's office on an individual basis and must include a targeted semester of completion and evidence that the student has made plans for completion of her/his program by the target date. The current MA extension form is available at the College of Education website, but additional supportive materials such as a detailed timeline and/or letter(s) of support may be requested at the discretion of the college and/or the advisor.

Anar Rajabali
Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction
I came to the online MAED as a teacher who wanted to learn innovative and imaginative ways of literacy instruction and to explore the theories and philosophies that were informing my own teaching practice. With an interest in poetry, pedagogy and holistic education, I was drawn to MSU for the scope and breadth of its research in language arts and literacy development and the high level of scholarship that is expanding, contributing and informing the field. I joined a vigorous ... ... read more