The Reading/Literacy program is nationally recognized by the International Reading Association.· The program focuses on the integrated connections among all the literacies (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and technology) as a foundation for understanding the various content areas.· It is designed for licensed K – 12 teachers who wish to enhance their professional preparation in the field of reading/literacy and/or prepare for other responsibilities in education, such as school reading coordinator. Courses for reading/literacy certification are available online.

General Admission Requirements:

  • A completed Graduate Application form.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including MUW transcripts. Transcripts must verify that the applicant received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution and that the applicant has a minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a four-point scale for undergraduate studies.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Test scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  • Three letters of professional recommendation stating the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons (excluding family members and MUW employees) who have personal knowledge of the applicant's academic/work performance.
  • An immunization form showing proof of two doses of measles vaccines and one of rubella. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.
  • A $25 application fee, payable to MUW Graduate Studies.


Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Teaching License

Tuition & Costs:

See Graduate Tuition & Costs

Financial Aid & Assistantships:

Financial aid is available to part-time and full-time students seeking a degree after acceptance to the program. For more information, please call the Financial Aid Center at 662-329-7114.

You may also fill out an application for a Graduate Scholarship or Graduate Assistantship from Graduate Studies in Education.

If you are a licensed public school teacher in Mississippi and in need of financial assistance, please contact the financial aid office of the Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) for information on the Graduate Teacher Reimbursement Scholarships (GTS). 1-800-327-2980 or 601-423-6997 or www.ihl.state.ms.us


Information on the course for this program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.


Applying to the Program

For an application packet please contact the Graduate Studies in Education Department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

(662) 329-7365 or 1-877-462-8439 ext. 7365


Dr. Monica Riley
Dir. Graduate Studies in Education
Department Chair

Education Building
Phone: (662) 329-7365

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Graduate Bulletin