Master of Education in Literacy (MLIT) | Judson University Christian College

Master of Education in Literacy

About the MLIT Program

Master of Education in Literacy Degree

Are You Ready to Inspire? The Master of Education in Literacy Program at Judson University provides certified teachers with the opportunity to examine as well as enhance their knowledge base and instructional repertoire with regard to effective literacy practices that are research-based and grounded in time-tested, best-practice methodology. This graduate program is designed for the practicing classroom teacher who, rather than seeking additional certification, is motivated to become a more accomplished teacher of reading and writing a reflective practitioner and master teacher in all areas of literacy instruction.

The mission of the Judson University Master of Education in Literacy Program is to graduate knowledgeable, skilled practitioners who are dedicated to improving the literacy skills of children and young adults and who are passionate about inspiring those same students to become lifelong readers and writers.


Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Education in Literacy program will:

  • Know the Literacy Learner.
    Graduates will broaden their understanding of the process of literacy development and the impact of motivation, language, and culture on the individual learner.
  • Make Informed Instructional Decisions.
    Graduates will expand working knowledge of current research and their ability to interpret student assessments in order to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Select a Variety of Literature to Enhance Instruction.
    Graduates will expand their working knowledge of a broad range of literature and of its role in supporting meaningful instruction, developing accomplished literacy learners, and fostering a lifelong love of reading and writing.
  • Apply Effective Literacy Practices:
    Graduates will enhance their knowledge of language literacy which includes strategies for the teaching of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing as well as the use of technology to enhance instruction.
  • Engage in Professional Development as a Career-Long Effort and Responsibility.
    Graduates will cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation for the need to continually refine instruction through professional development that challenges personal ideology and teaching practice.

Program Distinctives

  • A significant focus on classroom instruction in the arenas of writing, reading, and literature
  • Quality professors who are truly experts in the field – some full-time at the university and some still full-time in the classroom
  • Three Anchor courses with split sections (one section for K-3 teachers and one section for 4-12 teachers)
  • Degree completion in only 13 months
  • Class one night per week (Monday) during the school year and one Saturday of each month
  • One concentrated and one relaxed summer session
  • Cohort size of approximately 20-25 people
  • Competitive tuition with payment options including payment in full at the start, payment billable in three terms, tuition deferment plan—allowing for 12 equal monthly payments, or customized payment plan based on school district reimbursement program.Admission to Judson University’s Summer Literacy Conference featuring national, state, and local experts and authors from the field.
  • Books for all courses provided by the University
  • Complimentary one year membership or renewal in state literacy organization – The Illinois Reading Council

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Application Information

Pre-Admission Survey

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Apply by March 1, 2021, and receive a $25 discount on the application fee.


Contact Us

Dr. Kristy N. Piebenga
MLIT Program Director
847-628-1086 or E-mail
Katie Custer
Administrative Assistant
847-628-1105 or E-mail

Additional Information

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