The M.A. in English Literacy Education in the Division of Language, Literacy, and Social Inquiry (LLSI) at Maryland provides highly qualified students with Bachelor’s degrees who are considering proceeding to the Ph.D. with inter-disciplinary program options grounded in the best research, theory, and practice available in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership and other departments in the College of Education.   

The M.A. in English Literacy Education in LLSI has three areas of emphasis: 
1.) Adolescent, Post-Secondary, and Community Literacies
2.) Language, Education, and Society
3.) Literature for Children and Young Adults   

For information on graduate admission please visit https://gradschool.umd.edu/education/edci-ma  

Applicants who wish to apply to the Master of Arts (MA) with specialization in English Literacy Education-Thesis option should select Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) as their “Intended Program of Study.” 

Please refer to the Guide to Applying  for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions.  International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, by email: tlpl-admissions@umd.edu or phone: (301) 405-3118.

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Graduate Studies Coordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or tlpl-admissions@umd.edu

For academic advising on the MA program in English Literacy Education please contact Dr. Wayne Slater at wslater@umd.edu or call 301-405-3128. 

The faculty advisor assigned at the time of admissions to the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) provides academic advisement for graduate students.  For TLPL advising information, please contact Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies by email at tlpl-admissions@umd.edu or phone at (301) 405-3118. 

Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Merit-Based Assistance Need-Based Assistance  
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
    • Graduate Assistantships 

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid 

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The University's Scholarships webpage, and 

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage

Relevant coursework may be taken in American Studies, Anthropology, Classics, Communication, English, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Theater, Women’s Studies and other departments at Maryland. 

English and Literacy Education, MA Thesis Option 

Minimum of 30 Credit Hours of Master’s Study 

Credit Hours 

 

Core 

TLPL XXXX:  Investigating Policy, Pedagogy & Schooling.  Required of all MA students.  Focus on research methods and critique. Similar to TLPL 771: Theory and Research on Teaching. 

 

Specialization Credits 

 

 

Recommended: TLPL 636: Trends in Secondary School Curriculum: English 

TLPL 637: Communications and the School Curriculum

TLPL 640: Assessing, Diagnosing, and Teaching Writing

TLPL 730: Theory and Research in English Education

TLPL 731 Theory and Research in Written Communication

TLPL 830: Seminar in English Education 

Other courses may be taken with advisor approval from following departments: English Language and Literature, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, American Studies, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Communication, Linguistics, History, Classics, Theater, Film, Hearing and Speech, Journalism, Human Development, Philosophy or other departments relevant to the student’s concentration.  

15 

Research 

TLPL 691: Research Methods or equivalent course as negotiated with advisor 

Electives  

Electives may be taken with advisor approval from the following departments: Teaching & Learning, Policy & Leadership; English Language and Literature, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, American Studies, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Communication, Linguistics, History, Classics, Theater, Film, Hearing and Speech, Journalism, Human Development, Philosophy or other departments relevant to the student’s concentration. 

3-6 

Thesis Research Credits 

TLPL 799: Master’s Thesis Research 

3- 6  

Minimum Credits 

30 

 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobson’s online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Admissions Coordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or tlpl-admissions@umd.edu

For Program specific questions, prospective students may contact Dr. Wayne Slater at wslater@umd.edu or call 301-405-3128. 

Deadlines vary by degree and program. Please visit the TLPL Admissions Deadlines page for more information.

POLICY 

Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements. The Graduate Catalog is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland. The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules. 

HANDBOOKS 

The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student.   

FORMS 

Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process. Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required. To access forms used by graduate students visit the Graduate Studies Forms page in Student Services.