Online Master's in Reading and Literacy

Accredited M.Ed. Program Provides Affordable, Flexible Degree Path

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Reading/Literacy Program Details

Our Master of Education with Emphasis in Reading and Literacy  is designed to focus on literacy development, foundations of reading, instructional methods, reading research and best practices in the area of reading. This degree is designed with education practitioners in mind.

Online Master's in Reading and Literacy Program Highlights

  • Exceptional quality and reasonable cost.
  • Earn your degree while working full-time.
  • 100% online program.
  • Curriculum based on Standards for Reading Professionals, International Reading Association
  • Program nationally and state accredited.

Graduate School Admission Procedures

Affordable and Quality Master's in Reading and Literacy

Eastern New Mexico University has the second lowest bachelor's and master's-level tuition in the state of New Mexico, and has one of the most affordable graduate tuition rates in the United States. If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in 6 or fewer hours per semester, you'll pay tuition and fees at the low in-state rate. Eligible students may apply for the TEACH grant and Graduate Assistantships are also available through application to the ENMU Graduate School.

Graduate Tuition and Fees  Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

Career Opportunities with a Master of Education Reading and Literacy Emphasis

Our affordable tuition makes it easy for you to pick ENMU, a school with a strong reputation for producing capable teachers and administrators that are prepared to lead schools and school districts. With this degree, you can pursue careers such as:

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Reading Intervention Teacher
  • Reading Coach
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Coordinator
  • Literacy Facilitator

Learning Format for Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Degree Coursework

Our graduate degree in reading and literacy is designed to be completed 100% online. You'll complete readings, assignments, discussions on Canvas, individual projects and presentations, quizzes and tests throughout the semester.

Recorded lectures via Mediasite will connect you with professors and other students on your own time. In all classes participation done via Canvas and other resources like Collaborate, related to recorded lectures can be done at your convenience, rather than during a specific time.

To fulfill your graduation requirements for this program, you have the option of writing a thesis or passing comprehensive exams. You must be physically present to defend your thesis, but not to take your comprehensive exams.

We look forward to the opportunity to meet you in person!

Advising for Education Students

If you are taking the time to complete an advanced study program, we know you want not only the benefits from our classes, but also our faculty's professional experience. To support you, we offer advising meetings via in-person, phone, email, or video conference. We want you to feel connected and prepared to create and defend your thesis or complete your comprehensive exams.

Reading and Literacy Resources and Academic Support

We want to make sure you get the support you need. We offer flexible tutoring services, including the ENMU Writing Center which is available to help you improve your writing and help you clearly communicate for written, school-related projects and assignments.

We also have online databases, journal article, and eBooks accessible through the Golden Library. Since ENMU has a dedicated distance education librarian on staff, you'll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.

See our distance education library services >

If you have questions or concerns about your homework assignments, projects or grades, we encourage you to email or call your professor.

Admission Requirements for Education Graduate Program

If you fail to satisfy all of the following requirements for admission within your first 12 hours of graduate study at ENMU, you will be reclassified as a non-degree seeking student and you will not be allowed to register for further graduate coursework until all requirements for admission are fulfilled.

  1. Admission to the Graduate School.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 3.00. If your grade point averages between 2.80 and 2.99, you will be considered for "conditional" admission; if accepted, you must earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 with no grade less than a "B" during your first semester or the first 9 hours.
  3. You must submit a letter of application to the Curriculum and Instruction graduate coordinator. The letter should specify your intended area of emphasis and how an advanced degree in education would advance your career.
  4. An electronic copy of your teaching license or confirmation of admission into the regular or alternate licensure program.

Admission to the education graduate programs does not guarantee successful completion of the graduate program.

Inquiries along with correspondence, including letters of application and recommendation, should be sent to the Graduate School:

Graduate School
ENMU Station 24
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
Office Location: Administration Building (ADM), Room 212
Phone: 575.562.2147
Email: [email protected]

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If you are interested in pursuing a master's in reading and literacy submit your free online application, today!

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Master of Education with Emphasis in Reading/Literacy Degree Requirements (36 hours)

You may select either a thesis or a non-thesis option.

Thesis option: 9 hours of Curriculum and Instruction Core Requirements, 27 hours of required emphasis coursework and 6 hours of Master's Thesis (topic to be approved by the graduate advisory committee); successfully pass an oral defense of the thesis.

Non-thesis option: 9 hours of Curriculum and Instruction Core Requirements, 21 hours of required emphasis coursework.


Note: Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2020-22 Graduate Catalog.

Core Requirements (9 hours)

Course Credits
CI 521 Professional Research 3
CI 591 Seminar in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 3
CI 531 Critical Pedagogy and Educational Reform 3

Required Emphasis Courses (21 hours)

Course Credits
RED 510 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation 3
RED 517 Advanced Reading Theory/Philosophical/Historical Foundations of Reading 3
RED 518 Content Area Literacy 3
RED 528 Supporting Writing in the Classroom 3
RED/BLED 538 Language Arts and the Teacher of English as a Second Language 3
RED 526 Adolescent Literacy OR
RED 570 Emergent Literacy
RED/ELED 581 Advanced Studies and Instructional Application in Language Arts OR
RED 542 Integrated Technology and Literacy Through Project Based Learning

ENMU Graduate School Admission Application

Graduate Coordinator

Mark Viner

Dr. Mark Viner

Associate Professor of Educational Technology, C&I Graduate Coordinator

Office Location: Education Building (ED), Room 136

Phone: 575.562.2538


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