Graduate of Education in Literacy Catalog - General Information - Admission | Judson University Christian College

Admission Procedure

Application packets for admission to the Master of Education in Literacy Program can be obtained by contacting the administrative assistant for Graduate Programs in Literacy Education at Judson University 847/628-1105.

Completed application packets should be mailed or delivered to the Director of the Master of Education in Literacy Program with all of the ancillary materials provided in full. Mailing Address: Judson University, Dr. Steven L. Layne, Director—Master of Education in Literacy Program, 1151 N. State Street, Elgin, IL, 60123.


The Master of Education in Literacy program at Judson University offers the prospective graduate student the opportunity to examine and enhance his/her knowledge base and instructional repertoire with regard to effective research-based literacy practices that are grounded in time-tested, best practice methodology. The program is designed for the practicing classroom teacher who is motivated to become a more accomplished teacher of reading and writing. Applicants to the program who are not classroom teachers must have access to a classroom and the same group of students five days a week in order to become a degree candidate in this program. One full year of teaching experience is required prior to beginning course work.

Admission to the program is open to the most qualified applicants. A prospective student is reviewed on the basis of the profile material submitted with the application and may then be invited to interview with the Program Director and to provide an impromptu writing sample. Admission is offered to the student whose overall profile, interview, and writing sample most closely reflect the ability to succeed in and the ability to contribute to this graduate degree program.

Judson University does not discriminate against any applicant due to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability.

Notice of Decision

Decisions regarding admission are determined by the Director of the Master of Education in Literacy Program, the Admissions Committee of the Master of Education in Literacy Program’s Advisory Council, and the Division of Education.

Applicants will be notified by mail regarding their application status once the application and all ancillary materials are submitted and have been reviewed. Questions regarding application status may be directed to the administrative assistant for Graduate Programs in Literacy Education by calling 847/628-1105.

Note: Application packets that are not complete will not be reviewed.

Required ancillary materials to be submitted in the Application Packet:

  • Application form—completed, signed, and dated.
  • Application fee of $55.00. Make check payable to Judson University.
  • Copy of official teaching certificate.
  • Official signed and sealed transcript(s) of all college work. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
  • Two letters of reference. One letter should be provided by someone who can speak to the candidate's professional experience as an educator. The second letter should address the candidate's character and should be provided by someone other than a family member. Each letter should be in a sealed envelope with the writer’s signature crossing the seal.
  • Typewritten double-spaced essay (not to exceed 500 words) describing an area of literacy instruction (reading, writing, or literature) in which the candidate would like to grow professionally and discussing why growth is needed in this area.
  • Complete survey: "Am I ready for the Master of Education in Literacy Program at Judson University?"
  • Signed copy of Attendance and Grading Policy.

The whole of the above will be considered regardless of any particular strengths or weaknesses within a single component.

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