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University of Cincinnati Online Online Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies
University of Cincinnati Online

Online Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies

Online USA

1 Years


Full time, Part time

USD 7,601 / per semester *

Distance Learning

* resident tuition per semester: $7,451 | non-resident tuition per semester: $7,601. Cost is subject to change. Financial aid is available


The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies is fully online and focuses on reading, writing, and speaking as language processes. A M.Ed LSLS degree will train you in the strategies needed to devise the tailored curriculum, interventions, and assessments for your students. Our program takes students on a journey to broaden and deepen their understanding of the social, cultural, linguistic, and institutional factors that contribute to a learner’s ability to use reading, writing, and speaking in their first or second language. Our program is practitioner-based and students are paired with a faculty mentor throughout their program tenure.

The M.Ed program and Endorsement Graduate Certificates in Literacy and Second Language Studies importantly offer students flexibility in selecting the disciplinary concentration that applies most directly to his/her individual educational and professional goals. Plus, Master of Education LSLS students are eligible for a Graduate Incentive Award (GIA) scholarship which equates to 30% off instructional fees, and the application fee is waived for summer 2022 applicants!

LSLS Graduate Program Concentrations:

You can narrow your coursework to one of the following areas of concentration to tailor your educational experience.

  • PreK-16 Literacy and Learning Instruction: This is a graduate certificate for those who want to teach reading and basic writing skills within community colleges and literacy programs. This concentration will help advance your career in reading instruction by preparing you to help students overcome challenges in reading and writing. You can learn how to help students of all ages succeed, as well as how to make yourself a better educator.
  • PreK-12 Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) Focus: This can be completed as a graduate certification that will provide teachers a deeper understanding of the effective methods to teach English Language Learners (ELLs); English as an additional language (EAL); English language acquisition (ELA) in the U.S.
  • Endorsement Graduate Certificate Programs: We also offer courses that include Postsecondary Literacy Instruction and International/Adult TESL that will allow you to further explore this area of study. PreK-12 Reading Instruction (15 credits). Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (15 credits)

M.Ed Literacy & Second Language Studies Program Highlights:

  • 100% online: No campus visits are required and the program’s fully online format enables students to complete all degree requirements without having to relocate to the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.
  • Employment opportunities: Specialized practica provide students with critical hands-on instructional experiences necessary to be competitive in the job market.
  • Ranking: The University of Cincinnati’s online programs consistently rank among the nation’s very best by U.S. News and World Report.

In addition to your faculty mentor, every student enrolled online is assigned a dedicated Academic Advisor as well as a Student Success Coordinator that provides one-on-one support. They are your on-campus partners who can help you manage your time and ensure you’re meeting degree requirements to get you to graduation.


  • The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Fully accredited nationally.
  • Prek-12 Reading Instruction and TESOL Graduate Certificates are Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited.
  • Prek-12 Reading Instruction and TESOL Graduate Certificates are chancellor-approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education for earning a Reading (K-12) or TESOL (K-12) endorsement after successfully completing the required graduate coursework and the Ohio Assessment for Educators test.





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