Master of Education in Literacy and Language

About our Program people learning in a group

About our Program

How to Apply Person presenting in classroom

How to Apply

Curriculum and Courses people sitting in classroom

Curriculum and Courses

Miami University courses in this program provide the very latest in best practices for working with struggling readers, including a supervised practicum. Curricular concepts allow students to explore cultural and linguistic factors that affect literacy development and research practices that inform assessment and instructional design. This degree enables you to work as a reading specialist in K-12 schools and serve as a key credential for the 3rd-grade reading guarantee.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Teacher Education has been authorized to nominate a limited number of persons for graduate assistantships, subject to the approval of the Graduate School. These assistantships are awarded to students by the Graduate School upon the nomination of the Department.

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Scholarships

The Teacher Education Access at Miami (TEAM) Scholarship provides a 50% discount on graduate tuition and fees for Ohio PreK-12 Educators.

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What Our Students Say

I've taken graduate classes. I've gone to workshops and trainings. 20 years of teaching and I thought I knew a lot. I started the Literacy and Language program in the summer and I can say that it has changed how I look at my students and their reading strengths and weaknesses. It has made me a better teacher and I look forward to learning more!

Kate
-Culturally Relevant Literacy Cohort, Class of 2019

Meet our Faculty

Michelle Cosmah

Michelle L. Cosmah, Ed.D.

Associate Clinical Professor and Literacy Program Coordinator

Dr. Cosmah has been a faculty member in the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University since 2013. Her previous professional experience includes over 10 years teaching with the Cincinnati Public School District in grades K-3. Her research interests include early childhood literacy, digital literacy, and school partnerships.

Marc Nachowitz

Marc Nachowitz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Literacy/Language Arts

Marc Nachowitz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University.  He is a former high school English teacher with over a dozen years’ experience in mostly urban schools.  His research examines ELA instructional practices by which students learn to create, rather than consume, knowledge as well as investigations into writing in science, math, and social studies classrooms. He co-authored Writing Instruction that Works; Proven Methods for Middle and High School Classroom (Teachers College Press) and has published in  English Journal, Journal of Writing Research, Voices from the Middle, and Research in the Teaching of English.

Irene Kleiman

Irene Lang Kleiman

Assistant Clinical Lecturer

Ms. Kleiman has been affiliated with the Department of Teacher Education for over 30 years. She teaches literacy foundations and methods in every program within the department.

Eva Howard

Eva E. Howard, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Miami is in Dr Howard’s blood. She grew up in Oxford, attended the McGuffey Lab School, (which is now The Campus Avenue Building) and even had home economics in room 218 of McGuffey Hall on the Oxford Campus.

After spending 22 years experience as a middle school teacher and 8 years as a middle school administrator she returned to Miami as a professor. She has both her Bachelors and Masters from Miami ('82 and '89) and is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Adolescence English Language Arts. She has a PhD from the University of Dayton in Educational Leadership (2004).

Katherine Batchelor

Katherine E. Batchelor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Literacy

Katherine Batchelor is an Assistant Professor of Literacy at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA. She is also a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant and Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence/English Language Arts. Prior to her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, Katherine taught reading and language arts for 10 years in Florida and California. Her research interests include adolescents' literacy practices (emphasis on writing), critical literacy and multiliteracies, and pre-service/in-service teachers' pedagogical decisions. She also has an affinity for young adult literature and picture books.

A Message from the Program Coordinator

Michelle CosmahAre you interested in the latest research about literacy and language?

Do you struggle with how to increase your students’ reading and writing skills?

Are your ready to become a literacy advocate and lead other educators?

I would like to invite you to join our current team of educators pursuing their Masters degree. Join us in an exploration of theoretical foundations of literacy, while simultaneously applying culturally relevant curriculum in your current educational practices. Our program is designed for current educators. Our faculty value Time, Commitment, and Expertise. Our classes are designed to engage you with current research and allow you to interact with other educators in an inclusive environment both online, as well as in a physical space at the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) in West Chester.

Time: Your time is valuable! All of the courses in our program use a hybrid format. No more than 50% of classes will be at the VOALC. The rest of your coursework will be online and on your own time!

Commitment: Beginning a graduate program is a huge commitment! We are here to support you. All students will be assigned an academic advisor, who are also part of our literacy faculty. Our professors are committed to you and your success. We will meet with you, provide needed support, and celebrate your success at graduation.  

Expertise: All of our program courses are taught by faculty who are experts in the field of literacy. Most of our faculty have classroom teaching experience, are current scholars, and live and work in the Oxford community. We also recognize that our students bring a lot of expertise to our class conversations. Our courses employ a collaborative learning environment where everyone shares and grows in their knowledge. 

Come and find out why 98% of our program graduates pass their licensing exams with high scores. In fact, Our graduates continually exceed the state average for other higher education institutions, on licensing exams.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Michelle Cosmah, Ed.D.
-Literacy Program Coordinator