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Master's in Literacy Leadership, MA

Develop Your Leadership Potential

At the heart of our nationally recognized Literacy Leadership program is a commitment to teaching all learners to read, write and speak with passion, curiosity, precision and confidence.

The Master of Arts in Literacy Leadership prepares licensed teachers to become effective and democratic leaders in language and literacy learning. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add either the reading specialist, reading teacher, LBS1 or bilingual/ESL endorsement to their Illinois teaching licenses.


Why Roosevelt for Your Master’s Degree

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Learn Alongside Your Career

Flexible, online course schedules during the fall and spring semesters enable teachers to start this program in any semester and to complete assignments from home or at work. Summer coursework is face-to-face on the Schaumburg Campus and centers upon guided teaching and learning in an intensive, reading clinic setting.

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Learn From Experts in Their Field

Courses are taught by highly productive full-time faculty who have published numerous books on language and literacy learning. Current practitioners in PreK-12 schools provide an up-to-date perspective on strategies for working with diverse learners.

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Specialize Your Skill Set

The ability to earn the reading specialist, reading teacher or bilingual/ESL endorsement enables teachers to choose the course of study that will be most beneficial for their schools and students.


“Our program infuses best practices in balanced literacy instruction into all our coursework and shows teachers how to foster engaged professional learning communities that deepen knowledge of and commitment to these practices in PreK-12 classrooms. The opportunity to add on a bilingual/ESL endorsement provides our students with a unique opportunity to enhance reading, writing and oral language communication among second-language speakers and learners.”


Margaret Policastro
Language and Literacy, Roosevelt University